Level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development

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Course Specifics

Childhood Studies
Level 3
16-18 School Leavers
2 years
Interview Required:
Age 16-18 Cost:
Age 19 or Over:
Funding Assisted:
Advanced Learner Loans available
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Course overview

You will study a range of mandatory and optional units which are coordinated to enable exit points and achievement. The units may include subjects such as:

  • Child Development
  • Play and Learning
  • Meeting Children’s Physical Development, Physical Care and Health Needs
  • Health and Safety in the Early Years
  • Supporting Children’s Speech, Communication and Language
  • Safeguarding in Early Years

Who is this course for?

These Level 3 BTEC programmes are designed for people who already work or have at least two days a week volunteering in an early years environment and who wish to undertake a level 3 Diploma. The full National Diploma programme will take two academic years and has been designed in a way that allows you to enrol onto different size courses to suit your requirements.

Entry qualifications

You are required to have GCSE English Language and maths before starting the programme.

What other experience will I gain?

You are required to be in a work placement environment so that you can accrue logged placement/experience hours towards the qualification. This can be in the form on voluntary work or paid employment. These placement hours will be accrued over the programme and will include the hours logged from the small qualification, e.g. 50hrs accrued from the National Award will count towards the National Subsidiary Certificate. For achievement over the programmes you are required to have completed the following hours:

  • Year one - National Award – minimum of 50hrs - National Subsidiary Certificate – minimum of 400hrs
  • Year two - National Certificate – minimum of 750hrs - National Diploma – minimum of 750hrs

Where will this lead?

The year one programme can lead you to the year two September 2016 where we will be offering two bolt-on qualifications (National Certificate and National Diploma). You will be able to enrol to either programme, and a top-up programme will be available if you enrol to the National Certificate and then wish to top-up to the Diploma. This course may take form as internal staff development within your employment and could lead to one of the Foundation Degrees we offer in Children and Young Peoples Services and Special Educational Needs and Disability (validated through University of Derby).

What are my career options?

What Ofsted say

Teaching and learning is good with a significant proportion being outstanding. (Ofsted 2013)

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