TQUK Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner

TQUK Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner


The TQUK Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner is a vocational qualification designed to provide individuals with the knowledge and skills needed for working in the early years sector. This diploma aims to prepare early childhood practitioners for roles that involve supporting the development and well-being of young children.

Online Early Years Level 2 Diploma Childcare Course This fully accredited Early Years Practitioner course is the direct replacement for the old NVQ Level 2 and is aimed at learners currently working or volunteering with children from birth to 5 years old and also gaining knowledge of children 5-7 years old in a variety of settings, including nurseries and preschools. This course meets the minimum Ofsted requirements for employment at Level 2.

Online, distance learning

Start dates and duration:
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Tuition fees and funding:
Total course cost is £10,250 split equally across the duration of your course (full and part-time).
For UK students: you can apply for a non-means-tested government master’s loan.

Entry requirements:
2:2 honours degree and above or equivalent – from a recognised institution.
English language: IELTS Level 6.5 or above with no element below 6.0 (or equivalent).

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Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements however learners must be 16 years and above and learners should have a minimum of Level 2 in literacy and numeracy or equivalent

Module Structure

Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner Qualification consists of 09 mandatory units and 46 credits.

Mandatory UnitsLevelCredit
Communication with children24
Health and Safety in a childcare setting25
Safeguarding in a childcare setting25
Supporting activities, purposeful play and educational programmes25
Supporting children with special educational needs27
Understand child development27
Understand the principles of wellbeing in children25
Understand the role of the early years practitioner24
Working with others in early years childcare24

Learners are able to:

  •  Access All course materials, including online modules and written assignments,
  • Gain teacher support.
  • Access the WFC online portal (24/7 access to our user-friendly learning portal).
  • Acquire Assignments Briefing
  • Receive excellent-quality study notes.
  • Obtain assignment marks and feedback.
  • Gain a fully accredited UK certificate.
  • Receive dedicated customer support via chat, telephone, and email (Monday to Friday).
  • Gain full support until the completion of the course.


Assessment and direct observation

Learners will be required to complete a series of tutor-marked assignments (normally one after each unit) as they progress through this course. Each assignment will contain a variety of practical tasks and essay-type questions. These assignments are assessed by your tutor to monitor progress. You will be provided with constructive feedback to help you complete each unit to the required standard.

Part of your course will require direct observation by a qualified assessor in your placement setting.

Your expert witness must be suitably qualified to do so, as below:

Have a working knowledge of the units for which they are providing expert testimony and hold one of the qualifications below:

  • Be a qualified teacher with QTS status.
  • Be a qualified assessor and hold an A1/D32 or CAVA qualification.
  • Be qualified for a minimum of NVQ/Diploma LV3 in Early Years/Childcare.

Evidence or proof of the EW qualifications will be required as part of the enrolment process.

The use of an expert witness (EW) will be determined and agreed upon by the college assessor, and final assessment decisions must be made by the qualified assessor here at UK Open College.

If your setting will allow and you prefer an assessor from the college to visit your setting instead, then this can be arranged at an additional cost. Please contact us for a quote if required.

Who is it suitable for?

The diploma can lead to roles in childcare settings or play work, allowing individuals to apply their knowledge and skills in various contexts that support the well-being and development of children.

What could this qualification lead to?

The TQUK Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner can lead to various pathways and opportunities within the early years sector. Here are some potential outcomes and directions that graduates of this diploma might consider:

  1. Early Years Practitioner Roles:
    • Graduates are well-prepared for entry-level roles as early-year practitioners. This could include positions in nurseries, preschools, playgroups, or other early childhood education settings.
  1. Teaching Assistant Positions:
    • The diploma provides a foundation for individuals interested in becoming teaching assistants, particularly in early years or foundation stage classes within primary schools.
  1. Specialist Support Roles:
    • Graduates may choose to specialise in specific areas, such as special educational needs (SEN) support, language development, or behaviour management, within early childhood settings.
  1. Progress to Level 3 Qualifications:
    • The Level 2 Diploma serves as a stepping stone for further education. Graduates may consider pursuing Level 3 qualifications, such as the TQUK Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce, to deepen their knowledge and skills.
  1. Leadership and Management Opportunities:
    • With additional experience and qualifications, individuals may advance into leadership and management roles within early childhood settings. This could involve becoming a room leader, supervisor, or manager.


Successful learners can progress to other qualifications such as:

  • TQUK Level 3 Award in ICT in Early Years (RQF)
  • TQUK Level 3 Diploma for the Children’s Workforce (Early Years Educator) (RQF)


This TQUK Level 2 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner is accredited by Ofqual awarding body.

If you have any questions and want to know the fees please email us or call us

Phone: +44 (0) 203 771 5653
Email: admissions@westfieldcollege.co.uk

Not sure how these qualifications translate to the UK equivalents, but this is the entry criteria we have for this programme:


Full time

Complete your degree in the shortest possible time and study flexibly – when and where suits you!


You’ll study 9 modules in total (approx. 37 hrs/week).

Part time option one

Study for a degree whilst fitting it around your work, care and other life commitments.


You’ll study 6 modules per year (approx. 25 hrs/week).

Part time option two

Take time to study and spread the tuition fees over a longer period – at no extra cost.


You’ll study 4–5 modules per year (approx. 19 hrs/week).

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