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Level: 2

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This course will provide a transition year to the advanced T Level in Education and Childcare and will give you the necessary skills and knowledge to prepare you to succeed on the T Level.

The aim of the main qualification within this transition programme is to provide learners with knowledge and understanding of babies and young children from birth to 7 years of age, with applied knowledge in the early (0-5) years.

The qualification content meets the full and relevant Department for Education (DfE) criteria for a Level 2 Early Years Practitioner in the workforce.


Entry requirements

You need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above, including a grade 4 (C) in English.

You must be willing to provide evidence for an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Course Content

You will study units such as:

  • Roles and Responsibilities of the Early Years Practitioner
  • Health and Safety
  • Equality and Diversity in Early Years Settings

You will continue to study maths if you have not already achieved a grade 4 at GCSE.

You will be required to attend a placement in a childcare setting.

You will also develop study skills that will enable you to progress to the advanced T Level and carry out an employer-led project and an independent research project.

How will I be assessed?

You will be internally assessed via a variety of methods including exams and controlled assessments.

Skills-based outcomes must be achieved in a real work environment and will include direct observation in the workplace.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You need flat shoes for your placement and you will be required to wear a College placement shirt.

What can I do after this course?

This Transition course is the ideal preparation for the advanced T Level in Education and Childcare.


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This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

About the Roundhouse »

Harli-Marie Richards

Harli-Marie Richards

Exploring the rewards of a childcare career

Taking children to see piglets and new-born lambs is all part of a day’s work for nursery practitioner Harli-Marie Richards. Having completed her childcare apprenticeship, Harli-Marie was taken on permanently by Derby College’s Little Explorers nursery at Broomfield Hall campus. Before embarking on her apprenticeship,
Harli-Marie took A-levels but had no interest in university. She spotted the nursery opportunity and hasn’t looked back since. She worked towards an advanced NVQ qualification while undertaking on-the-job training.

It’s a great job and I love the fact that the children are free to enjoy the outdoor space. Little Explorers is special and I can’t imagine any other nursery quite like ours. I definitely see my longterm career in nursery care – and I applied straight away when a permanent role became available at Little Explorers.


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