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Level 2 Award Introduction to Neuroscience in Early Years

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Student Type


Study Mode

Distance Learning

Course Type

Adult Further Education

What is the course about?

This qualification is designed to introduce neuroscience in the early years. It is suitable as a starting point for those who wish to develop a career in early years settings, as continuing professional development for those employed in the sector and it is beneficial for parents of children under the age of seven.

What will I learn?

On the course you will cover;

  • Understanding neuroscience in early years
  • Understanding self-regulation and how to nurture this in children from birth to seven years

The qualification consistes of two units;

Unit one explores how a child’s brain develops from pregnancy to seven years and the impact of external factors. It provides a gentle introduction to neuroscience, exploring the composition and functions of neurons, synaptogenesis and synaptic pruning for brain development. The unit considers the development of the social brain and how relationships and attachment theory affect this.

Unit two investigates self-regulation and how it can be nurtured in the early years, discussing a child’s ability to consciously control their own thoughts, feelings and behaviours. This unit considers how this is affected by the limbic system, the five domains of self-regulation and the consequences of adverse childhood experiences.

What will the course lead on to?

This course could lead onto other level 2 or higher courses in this sector group of qualifications or help support your current role relating to this subject. It may also enhance your CV if you are looking to work in this sector.

What support is available?

We have a team of staff dedicated to providing learning support if required, as well as a Welfare Team that is on hand to offer guidance, support and help when needed. Additionally, eligible students can access a wide range of finance and funding support to help them during their time at college.

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Why should I choose to study the course at Warrington & Vale Royal College?

Warrington & Vale Royal College has been rated as a good college in the latest Ofsted inspection. It has an excellent reputation for vocational courses and responds to specific business needs when requested. The tutors at Warrington & Vale Royal College are highly experienced in their fields and have a great deal of industry knowledge to impart. Our distance learning courses are delivered entirely online, allowing you to benefit from expert teaching in the comfort of your own home.

What are the entry requirements?

You should have access and be able to use online learning platforms and be able to cope with level 2 literacy.

If you are aged 19-23 you must hold a full level 2 qualification.

If you are currently undertaking an apprenticeship programme you will be exempt from enrolling on this course.

Are there any additional costs associated with the course?

There are no specific extra costs apart from access to IT and the internet and any books or stationery the learner wishes to purchase themselves.

Careers Information

Course options

Start Any Time

20 Weeks
Class Times
Distance Learning
In your own time
Adult Fee
16-18 Fee
Contact College

Call to Enrol 01925 494 400

Fees Information
This course is FREE*. If you fail to complete the course you will be charged £100 to cover the cost of registration. For residents of Greater Manchester Combined Authority the fee for this course is £362. *Ts&Cs apply.

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