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Children and Young People's Workforce Certificate Level 2 RQF (England)

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The Level 2 Children and Young People's Workforce RQF will provide learners with a greater knowledge and understanding of the legislation surrounding working within a child care setting.

The RQF qualification for this course has now replaced the QCF and NVQ qualification.

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Level 2 / NCFE CACHE Certificate / PI352

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Course introduction

This programme has been designed and created to equip students with the required knowledge needed to work in a supervised capacity. This is the ideal course for anyone who currently works or would like to work in a variety of childcare job roles. This programme is the perfect starting point to the formal qualification needed to work within the childcare sector. For those who wish to go on to work in an unsupervised capacity, you will be required to complete the Level 3 Early Years Educator qualification.

The Level 2 programme aims to provide students with all the necessary learning knowledge required to progress on to the Early Years Educator (Level 3) course. This is a suitable programme of study which will equip you with a better understanding of this subject area.

The purpose of this programme is to develop and enhance your knowledge and skills regarding to the children and young people’s workforce and strives to give learners all the necessary knowledge needed to move on to the next level. This course also provides students with a better understanding of the legislation surrounding working within a child care setting.

Students will be required to complete 13 modules, all of which will explore a different aspect regarding this subject area. The Level 2 programme provides an ideal introduction to working in child care occupations and an essential platform to the lengthier and more demanding Level 3 qualification.

Please note: to successfully complete this course, students are required to complete a work placement of at least 50 hours.

As part of this work placement you must first ensure that a member of staff with occupational competence is able to provide supervision, prepare and sign the occupational evidence of practice forms, to prove you have achieved the work based learning outcomes of this course. 

Take advantage of becoming a part of the CACHE Alumni once you have enrolled on any of our CACHE courses. CACHE Alumni is a professional membership network for those who work in the healthcare and education industries. It is free to join and it supports practitioners, learners, and educators throughout their learning journey. Some of the benefits from joining CACHE Alumni include access to the latest articles across the healthcare sector for two years and complete access to useful webinars, podcasts, and career support.

Qualification Title: NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People's Workforce (England)
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Required knowledge

There is no previous knowledge required to enrol on to this programme. This is the ideal programme to start your career in a child care setting.


To successfully complete this programme, learners will be required to complete a series of written assignments. Not only this, you will be required to provide evidence of practical skills including observational evidence of practice as well as discussion records which can be gathered from your work placement. This will contribute to your portfolio of evidence of learning. Your personal tutor will review, mark and provide you with feedback on your work. Please note: During your placement, your practical aspects will need to be overseen by your nominated workplace supervisor, who will vouch for the tasks you have undertaken.

Awarding organisation

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Level 2 NCFE CACHE certificate of achievement. That means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to Level 2 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Accreditation by NCFE is a guarantee of quality. It means that this learning programme has been scrutinised and approved by an independent panel of experienced educational professionals and is quality audited biannually by NCFE.

NCFE is recognised as an awarding body by the qualification regulators ('regulators') for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The regulators are the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills (DCELLS) in Wales and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland.

Course modules

Mandatory Units

  • Unit 1: Child and Young Person Development
  • Unit 2: Contribute to the Support of Child and Young Person Development
  • Unit 3: Safeguarding the Welfare of Children and Young People
  • Unit 4: Contribute to Children and Young People’s Health and Safety
  • Unit 5: Contribute to the Support of Positive Environments for Children and Young People
  • Unit 6: Understand Partnership Working in Services for Children and Young People
  • Unit 7: Support Children and Young People’s Positive Behaviour
  • Unit 8: Introduction to Communication in Health, Social Care or Children’s and Young People’s Settings
  • Unit 9: Introduction to Personal Development in Health, Social Care or Children’s and Young People’s Settings
  • Unit 10: Introduction to Equality and Inclusion in Health, Social Care or Children’s and Young People’s Settings
  • Unit 11: Maintain and Support Relationships with Children and Young People
  • Unit 12: Promote Child and Young Person’s Development
  • Unit 13: Understand How to Safeguard the Wellbeing of Children and Young People
  • Total: 35 Credits

Learner support

Learners will receive a study guide on enrolment which will help guide you through the assessment process. Students will be assigned a personal tutor who will be on hand to answer any questions or queries you may have during your studies.

You will have access to 12 months tutor support.


What is distance learning?

Distance learning is the most flexible and convenient approach to studying. There is no need for you to attend college and, therefore, you can study anytime, any place, anywhere that fits in with your lifestyle. Distance learning programmes are ideal for people who may have a full-time job, or other commitments, that won’t allow them time off to study.

What do I need to do to get started on a course?

You'll need to be able to commit the required time to your studies. We recommend that you choose a course you think will interest you, and help you to achieve your ambitions. If you would like some advice, or further information, please call our helpline free on 0333 3445 690.

To purchase a course, simply click on the ‘Buy now’ button against your chosen course and follow the on screen instructions. Alternatively if you would prefer to purchase the course over the phone, call 0333 3445 690 and speak to one of our expert course advisors.

How does the distance learning/home study method work?

The course operates through a study pack and access to your own personal tutor. Once you have chosen your course we will send you your study pack, which you will be required to work through before completing the course.

Depending on the course you have chosen, you will either be required to complete assignments and submit these for marking as the course progresses and/or be required to sit an end exam. The end exam could be in the form of multiple choice questions, or be an invigilated exam at a registered test centre.

Your completed assignments will need to be sent to your tutor for marking/assessment, you will then receive written feedback and guidance. It may be possible to submit your assignments by email, however you will need to check this with your tutor. Please be aware that your assignments will be maintained by NCCHL for moderation and audit purposes.

These requirements will always be listed on the course description page, so please refer to this for details of what is required for each individual course.

How long should it take to complete a course?

Depending on the course you have chosen, and the amount of time you can commit, it could take from 6 weeks to 12 months to complete your course.

The duration of the course is largely down to you though. The beauty of home learning is that it allows you complete flexibility to fit your studies around your lifestyle and other commitments. You can dedicate as much, or as little, time as you want to your studies - no one will be chasing you for your work or asking why you haven’t submitted an assignment.

We do strongly recommend, though, that before you purchase a course you assess your ability to commit the necessary time to completing the course in a timeframe that will not leave you losing your motivation.

How quickly will I receive my course material?

We guarantee that you will receive your course materials within 5 days of purchase, but for many courses we would anticipate that you will have to wait no more than 48 hours.

The course materials are always sent to you via a tracked courier service, to ensure that you receive your study pack within our stated period.

How much will it cost?

The cost is largely dependent on the type of the course. The longer the course is the higher the cost will be, due to the size of the study pack and the nature of the qualification.

All prices are clearly stated on the course description page and will always be displayed prior to you committing to purchase a course.

Please note that there may be additional fees required should your course have an external assessment, such as A Levels, ICB qualifications etc. To clarify, please speak to a course advisor.

What support will I receive?

You will be allocated your own personal tutor who can be contacted via e-mail, telephone, fax or post for help and advice on any aspect of the course.

Many courses require that you submit work to your tutor during the period of study and your tutor will assess your work and pass comments back to you. Your tutor is available to you as much as you need them.

Please be aware that officially the tutor support provided with the course is for a period of 12 months, although if you need longer let us know and we’ll endeavour to extend that.

Will I have to sit an examination?

All of our courses are accredited, so you need to show that you have acquired the knowledge to pass the course – this may involve sitting an examination, but it depends on the course you have chosen.

Some courses require you to be continually assessed throughout the course, while others may require an end of course exam or assignment (which may be completed at home) to be submitted to your tutor.

Certain types of qualifications, A-levels and GCSEs for example, do require you to sit an invigilated exams at a registered test centre. You will need to organise and pay for the examinations yourself, however full details of what you need to do will be available from the centre who are delivering the qualification.

If in doubt, please email ‘’, NCC can then discuss or put you in touch directly with the course provider.

Can I study from outside the UK?

Yes, there are no geographical limits to where you can study.

You just need to be aware that all tutors are based in the UK and work may need to be submitted to them via post, although in most cases e-mail can be used.

Where the course requires that you sit an invigilated exam at a test centre, there are many exam centres outside of the UK. However, we would advise that you check with us before purchasing one of these courses if you want to study from abroad.

Will I receive a qualification when I complete the course?

All of our courses are accredited and you will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course.

For more information about this please see the section of the website that details how awarding bodies work and what the different types of qualifications are.

Can I take more than one course at a time?

Yes, you can take as many courses as your time allows. But we would recommend that you clearly evaluate how much time you can commit to your courses of study.

The good news is though that if your circumstances change you can always take a break and come back to your studies.

Additionally, discounts are available if you buy more than one course at the same time.

How long will it take for my work to be marked by my tutor?

Your work will be marked and feedback returned to you within 12 working days after submission. This is because our tutors are required to provide detailed, considered feedback to our learners that may take a while to formulate. We find that by working this way, our learners actually complete their course in less time, as they rarely need to submit an assignment more than twice.

Whilst it is possible to submit multiple assignments at the same time, we advise that our learners submit only one at a time. We want our learners to develop as they progress through their course, and find this is best achieved when a student embarks on a new module having taken into account tutor feedback from the previous submission.

Do I need any additional books or equipment to do my course?

No, we provide everything you need to pass your course.

How do I enrol?

Once you have chosen your course, you can either purchase the course online which will enrol you, or you can call our helpline on 0333 3445 690 who will sign you up for the course and arrange to have all your learning materials sent to you.

What if I’ve chosen the wrong course?

If, after receiving the course, you decide it isn’t the right course for you, you can simply return the goods within 14 days and we will send your money back in full for the majority of courses (excluding postage and packaging) or you can choose another course that you feel would suit your needs and ambitions better.

What is the difference between the online and paper versions of courses?

Our online courses are completed through our online learning system after receiving login and access instructions. You will not receive any course materials through the post. The paper based version is posted out in a binder to your home or place of work and requires completion of a portfolio of work that is submitted to your tutor for marking.

Where can I find your Equality and Diversity Policy?

All NCC policies and procedures can be provided on request from NCC directly by emailing or calling 0333 3445 690.

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Reviews from learners who completed...

Children and Young People's Workforce Certificate Level 2 RQF (England)

M Byrne

“Enjoying my course”

Enjoying my course. I have always got great support from my tutor.

Sehar Rizwan,

M Byrne

“Price was very competitive”

The course price was very competitive.The content is up- to- date and relevant to working within a school setting.


M Byrne

“Tutor was great!”

I would like to say a big Thank you to my Tutor. All her feedbacks were on time, very detailed and helpful. She supported me during the whole course, she was always kind, explaining properly how I could improve my work. Thanks again!!

Rossana Musmeci,

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