Fee Information

Fees indicated are based on the current academic year (2019/20) and are subject to change next year.

For students under 19

Our courses & apprenticeships are usually free if you are 18 or under on the 31st of August 2019. Some courses have additional fees for things like materials and travel, which you will need to pay at the start of your course. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support for these costs.

For students aged 19 or over

If you are aged 19 or over you may be required to pay fees. Some courses may be free, depending on your circumstances. Certain Level 3 & 4 courses require you to pay the fee in full or take out an Advanced Learning Loan to pay for your course. Please see our guide to fees for more information.

International Students

Students from outside the EU/EEA need to pay the full international fee for their course. Please note, West London College does not offer Tier 4 Visa Sponsorship for students to study in the United Kingdom.


About this 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 with applied knowledge in the early years, 0–5 years.

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

In addition to your childcare studies you will study English and Maths if you do not have these qualifications at Grade C/4 and above. This does not apply if you are aged 19+, however, it is strongly recommended that you undertake an assessment in these areas and enrol where possible.

This is a 1 year course: Up to three days in college and a minimum of two days in placement. You will also complete block week placements to meet the requirements of the qualification.

You will study units such as:

  • Roles and responsibilities of the Early Years Practitioner
  • Health and safety of babies and young children in the early years
  • Equality, diversity and inclusive practice in Early Years Settings

You will need to be working, volunteering or on practical placement in a real work environment (RWE) to show competence in both knowledge and skills for a minimum of 250 placement hours whilst undertaking this qualification.

The college also offers access to the following facilities:

  • Dedicated Student Services
  • Learning resource Centres
  • Dedicated English & Maths support
  • Students Union
Entry Requirements

You will have 4 GCSEs with English Language at Grade D/3 and pass a written assessment.

By exception you may be considered if you have completed a Level 1 Childcare qualification and are able to pass a written assessment at L2

On final acceptance onto the course you must apply for a valid Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check as required by law for all people working with children.

Assessment Method

You will be assessed through written assignments and practical assessments which are submitted in a portfolio.

Progression Opportunities

Upon successful completion of this qualification, you can enter the workforce as a qualified Level 2 Early Years Practitioner or continue to study for a Level 3 Early Years Educator status.

Study Methods

You will learn in dedicated classrooms and a range of childcare settings when on work experience placements.


We look forward to welcoming you to Ealing, Hammersmith and West London's College. We are enrolling now. Come along to the College to enrol directly. See our enrolment dates and times.