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Childcare and Teacher Training

Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences Level 2 Certificate Part-time

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

The course starts in January 2024. Classes are every Thursday evening, 5.30pm to 8.30pm, for 10 weeks.

Entry requirements

You need to be aged 19 or above. No previous formal qualifications are required.

You will achieve

Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences.

Course overview

This course is available as part of a package of short Childcare courses. Students can start this courses in September, January and April.

September classes:

January classes:

April classes:

This qualification is ideal if you want to develop an understanding of adverse childhood experiences and pursue a career in the Childcare and Education industry.

Course content


This qualification will provide you with an opportunity to develop an understanding of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) relevant to your current or future roles and will equip you with basic understanding of techniques for preventing and addressing ACEs in practice.

The qualification focuses on the 0-8 age range. You should cover the full range of ages but focus on their own experience/age group as appropriate to your current job role or interests.

As part of this course you will study the following units:

  • Exploring childhood and family structures
  • Introduction to adverse childhood experiences
  • Understanding strategies to improve outcomes for children affected by adverse childhood experiences

You will be assessed by completing course work and assignments set by your tutor.

You will need to provide writing materials and stationery, a folder and a USB stick. Having access to a computer (computers can be accessed in College) would also be useful but it is not essential.

Old Mill Lane campus
Church Street
S70 2AX

You could progress to our Access to Higher Education courses including Access to Childcare and Access to Health and Social Care.

You might also want to complete more short courses on offer such as:

  • Understanding Behavior that Challenges
  • Understanding Common Childhood Illnesses
  • Understanding Equality and Diversity


How much does the course cost?

This course costs £400. This course may be FREE to study depending on your circumstances – please see the drop-down option below for more details.

19+ Students

Aged 19 or over and thinking about further education?

You may be eligible for free or reduced course fees . Please refer to our page ‘paying for your course.’

Extra information

You may not have to pay for this course if you are employed but earn below £21,255 a year, or if you receive Job Seekers Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit. If you are unemployed, actively seeking employment and receive Council Tax Benefit, Housing Benefit, Income Support or WFTC then you may also receive funding for this course. You will need to provide evidence of your eligibility which will be checked at enrolment.

This course is funded by South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (SYMCA) and/or West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA). You must be living in the South or West Yorkshire regions to qualify for funding.

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email info@barnsley.ac.uk

Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences Level 2 Certificate Part-time

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