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Childhood Education (T-Prep Transition Programme)

Course Code: TPEDC

Level: 2
Subject area: Childcare, Health & Social Care
Awarding body: City College Plymouth
Qualification: College Certificate
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: One year
When you'll study: Four days per week at the College, 9.00am - 4.30pm and one day per week with an employer (work placement)

About the course

The aim of this qualification is to provide you with the knowledge and understanding of babies and young children from birth to seven years of age, focusing practical experience on children up to five years of age. Completing this qualification will enable you to gain employed as a qualified level 2 practitioner or progress to the Level 3 Diploma holding an Early Years Educator status.

What you'll learn

Subjects covered include child development, equality and diversity, curriculums, safeguarding, supporting babies, planning and assessment and the value of play.

Entry requirements

You will need to have five GCSEs at grade 3 or above to include English and maths (opportunity to retake). You will also be required to have a passion and motivation to work with children and their families.


This course is internally assessed through coursework for knowledge-based units and observations of practical skills within the placement setting. You must complete a minimum of 250 placement hours.

What's next?

Upon successful completion you may progress to the Level 3 Diploma in Childcare or gain employment as a nursery assistant, classroom assistant or pre-school practitioner.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2022/23 (August 2022 – July 2023). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2023/24.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)


Course Code: TPEDC

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: £999

B Reduced Course Fee (for those in receipt of qualifying benefits): Not applicable to this course

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): Not applicable to this course

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: Not applicable to this course

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 18 This course is free for this age group
19 - 23 A
24+ A

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.

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