BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development

BTEC Level 2 Diploma
1 year
Curriculum Manager: 
Nicola Maxfield

What is the BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development?

This is a one year course for anyone who is interested in working with children aged 0- 8 years. It is equivalent to four GCSEs at A* - C. You will study a variety of topics including children’s development, keeping children safe, communicating with children, and supporting children’s play and learning.

Is the BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development suitable for me?

This course is suitable for anyone who wants to work with children and success in the course will mean that you are qualified to work with children at level two. It involves 300 hours of work experience. This will be completed by one day a week in placement as well as block placements.  Probably the most important challenge for students is learning how to take more responsibility for organising their own time so that they balance college work, part-time jobs and other commitments.

How will I learn?

Lessons in the classroom will include a mixture of formats including group work, individual activities, guest speakers, role plays, using case studies and some formal note-taking sessions. Some study support is provided in College to help students with their assignments and other homework. Students should also expect to spend up to ten hours per week outside of lessons on homework.

How will I be assessed?

You will study a number of units during this one year course. Most of the units are assessed by coursework - and this may include the production of portfolios, presentations, practical projects and staff observations. There is the possibility that there may be an external assessment as the course is being reviewed by the examining body.

For each unit you complete you will be awarded a Pass, Merit or Distinction grade. You will also be awarded an overall grade which will be at Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*.


After the course, many students who achieve a Merit or Distinction grade have the opportunity to go on to study the BTEC Level 3 course in Children’s  Play Learning and Development providing that they have GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above. It is also possible to go directly into the work place as you will be professionally qualified at level two.

Entry requirements

You would normally have achieved a Grade D profile at GCSE. For GCSE English and Maths where a new grading system has been introduced, a Grade 3 is equivalent to a Grade D. To study this subject you should have an interest in working with people.

Course costs

All students will be expected to provide their own textbook, stationery, computer disks and calculators (where appropriate). Any further costs are outlined below:

Essential: £20 for textbooks

In addition you may need to pay for a DBS check, if you have not already had one.

If the costs of equipment, materials and trips may cause you financial hardship, you may wish to read through details of our financial support scheme on our website.