Welcome to Children’s Play, Learning and Development
Why choose this course?
This course will allow learners to develop the core specialist knowledge, understanding and skills required by the sector, including child development, theorists, play and learning, health and safety, safeguarding, observation, assessment and planning.
This course provides a basis for progression when supported by relevant qualifications at Level 2 such as GCSE English and
Mathematics, or at Level 3 such as A-levels in Psychology, Biology or English Language. It will provide learners with the opportunity to study a range of optional areas of their choice in more depth. This course is a respected route for those who wish to move into employment in the sector following further study as the qualification was designed in close collaboration with industry.
These qualifications give learners a solid understanding of key areas of children’s play, learning and development judged essential by the sector, as identified in the Early Years Educator (Level 3).
Course Content/Main Topics
Studied consists of 360 guided learning hours is equivalent to one A-level in terms of size. You will also be expected to complete 50 hours of work experience in this sector.
Mandatory units: There are three mandatory units, two external and one internal. Learners must complete and achieve at pass grade or above all these units.
Optional units: Learners must complete one optional unit.
Unit No. Mandatory units - learners complete and achieve all units GLH Assessment methods
1 - Children’s Development - 120 - External
2 - Development of Children’s Communication, Literacy and Numeracy Skills - 120 - External
3 - Play and Learning - 60 - Internal
Optional units - learners complete 1 unit
5 - Keeping Children Safe - 60 - Internal
6 - Children’s Physical Development, Care and Health Needs - 60 - Internal
8 - Working with Parents and Others in Early Years - 60 - Internal
11 - The Early Years Foundation Stage - 60 -Internal
Careers and Higher Education
This course is a respected route for those who wish to move into employment in the sector following further study as the qualification was designed in close collaboration with industry. Also carries UCAS points and recognised by HE providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements to many courses.
BTEC Level 3
Information to follow.
Child development GCSE or certificate desirable but not essential.
Sarah Hill - Child Development and Science Teacher
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