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Children’s Play, Learning & Development


What interests should I have if I want to take this course?
You should have an interest in working with children from birth to eight years old. This course offers a broad basis of study of the early year’s sector, including:
  • How children develop
  • How children learn and communicate
  • The benefits of play for children
  • How to keep children safe
What will I learn about?
To achieve the Extended Certificate you will need to complete a total of 36O Guided Learning Hours (GLH). The units studied are:
Unit 1: Children’s Development (120 GLH examined unit) 
Unit 2: Development of Children’s Communication, Numeracy and Literacy Skills (120 GLH examined unit)
Unit 3: Play and Learning (60 GLH course work unit)
Unit 5: Keeping Children Safe (60 GLH course work unit)
How long is the course?
The Level 3 BTEC National Extended Certificate is a two year course equivalent to one A level once completed.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed through a combination of course work and examinations. Examined units are assessed externally and coursework units are internally assessed. Evidence gathered for coursework will include written tasks, observations and practical tasks. 67% of the course is assessed through examined units and 33% coursework. You will also complete 50 hours work experience in the early year’s sector over the two year course.
What minimum qualifications will I need to start the course?
4 grade in English or Pass in a Level 2 vocational course in the subject area.
What Teaching and Learning methods will be used?
A variety of teaching methods will be used to enable you to complete each unit studied. For example:
  • Work experience
  • Working independently and as part of a team
  • Completing short tasks and longer projects
  • Trips to early years settings
  • Researching relevant topics using the internet and text books
  • Role plays
What can I do when I complete my qualifications?
The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements for many relevant courses. When studied alongside other A level or Level 3 courses students may wish to go on to study Childhood Studies,  Primary Education or similar courses at university. This qualification is primarily designed to support progression to employment via higher education; however this qualification will also be relevant for those who choose to progress directly to employment, through an Early Years Educator Apprenticeship.
How can I find out more information?
If you have any further questions please contact Miss Johnston in the Social Sciences Department.