Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Common Illnesses Affecting Children

This qualification aims to give knowledge of common childhood illnesses that can occur and how to support children and infants that have these illnesses.

It is important that babies and young children are in a safe and healthy environment regardless of whether they are ill or not. Sometimes a child or baby may need medical attention in an emergency if they have a common childhood illness and this course gives information on what actions should occur if certain illnesses are discovered in a child and how to recognise the symptoms of these.

Course Duration Course Duration: 12 weeks
Course Level Course Level: Level 2
Course Fees Course Fees: Free
Important Information

This course is currently being subsidised by the college and is, therefore, free of charge at present UNLESS you fail to complete it; in which case you will be liable to pay £85 to cover the cost of materials.

Courses are fully funded subject to learner eligibility and changes in government funding. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you wish to discuss the eligibility criteria otherwise we will confirm eligibility upon receiving your application.

What You Will Learn

Recognising signs in common childhood illnesses is important to prevent further complications with babies and young children. Being able to recognise these signs and understand the actions to take should this occur can drastically improve the life of a baby and young child. The course aims to provide the actions to take, symptoms you should be aware of in young children and babies and how to provide a healthy safe environment for them to prevent certain illnesses from starting.

The following units are covered in this course:

  • Unit 1 -Principles of safe and healthy environments for babies and young children
  • Unit 2 – Policies and procedures relating to safe and healthy environments for babies and young children
  • Unit 3 – Knowledge of common childhood illnesses
  • Unit 4 – Understanding health emergencies and health conditions in early years settings
Entry Requirements

Due to the nature and course delivery of distance learning we require all applicants to hold a minimum of English Literacy Level 1 or equivalent. 

If you are between 19-23 years of age you must also have already achieved a full level 2 qualification (or higher) or 5 GCSE Grades A*-C/Grade 9-4.

We will require evidence of this in order to receive funding for you.

If you are unsure of your level of literacy, please read the attached instructions to undertake a literacy assessment on line.

This will take no longer than 20 minutes to complete.

Instructions are available here, and more information can be found at www.learnmyway.com

How is it Assessed

Each candidate is required to give written responses to questions in a work booklet, either handwritten answers or completion of the assessment booklet using an electronic template which can be provided.

The course requires you to submit 3 written assessments and you have 4 weeks to submit each one.

Course Documents

Awarding Body Information

For further information about the course specification please visit the awarding body’s website www.TQUK.org or click here.

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Fees & Funding

Our Level 2 Distance Learning courses are now completely free of charge.

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