Introduction to Neuroscience in Early Years Award level 2 – C7932

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Course Overview

This qualification provides an introduction to neuroscience in the early years – from birth to seven years.
Self-regulation in the early years is a critical set of skills that help children to remain calm, attentive, and able to deal with powerful emotions such as fear, anger, and sadness. Children are not born with these skills; they develop them over time when they are supported to understand their feelings and actions by caring and responsive adults.
This is a great course to do if you have an interest in this area or are looking for a career change or progression in child development.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

Neuroscience is the scientific study of the nervous system from its structure, function, development, and degeneration. The whole nervous system is studied with an emphasis on the brain.
You will complete the following 2 units to gain your qualification.
Unit 1: Understanding neuroscience in early years
Unit 2: Understanding self-regulation and how to nurture this in children from birth to seven years

Entry Requirements

You must be 19 at the start of the academic year.
There are specific funding regulations we have to abide by, we will check your eligibility upon application. If we cannot fund you we will signpost you to somewhere that can.
You need to be working at level 2 standard, this means you can follow key terms within questions, such as describe, explain and identify. This involves writing in full sentences and paragraphs.

How you will be assessed

This distance learning course means all study is completed from home, with no need to attend College.
Once enrolled you will receive your learning materials through the post. You will find an assessment book and a textbook to support your learning in the pack we send to you. All answers must be in your own words. Though you will never meet your tutor in-person support is available at all times via telephone or email.

You will be set a deadline to return your assessment book to us. The assessment is question and answer based, with no assignments, exams or observations.
Your work will be marked and you will receive feedback. If any questions need revisiting you will be given clear guidance on what you need to add to your answer and a new deadline will be set.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees (19+): £0.00

Additional Costs

The course is funded, however if you start but decide to withdraw there is a £125 withdrawal charge.


If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

For more information, please see our course fee disclaimers page.

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Course and Career progression

You can use this qualification to add to your CV to gain career progression in child development or use it to kickstart a new career in this area.
You may wish to go onto a higher level of study and our college careers team can help you with those next steps upon completion of this course.

What Happens Next

Apply online via the College website. You will then be invited to enrol for your chosen course of study. You can apply at any point throughout the year and start the course when you like.

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