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

This is a comprehensive course for individuals wanting to progress into higher education and/or a career in a wide range of professions within early years and primary education. It provides a specialist work-related programme of study, equivalent to three A levels and on successful completion of the course, you will achieve Early Years Educator status. This thoroughly equips you for a range of careers/higher education degrees including primary teaching, early years educators within nursery settings, teaching assistants, social work, special educational needs, children’s nursing and working within the early years sector.

Entry Requirements

You should have achieved a minimum of five GCSEs at grades A*-C including English Language, Maths and preferably Science. A BTEC Level 2 Diploma (with a minimum of 3 Distinction units achieved) at Distinction grade and GCSE English Language and Maths at grade A*-C or equivalent Level 2 course.

Proof of a successful work placement within a childcare/primary school setting is essential prior to enrolment onto this course.

Course Content

You will study a selection of units over two years.

These include:

– Child Development

– Safeguarding in Early Years

– Supporting Children’s Literacy and Numeracy Development

– Working with Children with Additional Needs

Work experience is an integral part of the course and allows students to put into practice the underpinning knowledge learnt in the classroom. 750 hours of work experience must be undertaken, in schools, nurseries, special needs units and voluntary organisations. You will work with children from 0-8 years, over a period of two years.

How will I be taught?

Work is largely assignment based with additional assessment through participation in debates, role play, presentations, projects and practical work place activities.

How will I be assessed?

One unit of this course is externally assessed through an exam.

For the remaining units, academic work is assessed through an ongoing assignment based format.

Performance in practical settings with children is monitored and assessed throughout the two year course.

What qualifications will I get?

You will be required to achieve at least a Pass grade in every unit and the exam in order to be awarded a BTEC National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development.

What will it allow me to do in the future?

Progression to university courses in primary teaching, paediatric nursing, childhood studies, health care and social work is available if you achieve good grades in the Diploma. You may choose to start employment straight away, in schools, nurseries and special needs units.

Course Information

As work experience is a key feature of this course, you will need to make a formal Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure by completing a form that will be sent to you when you are offered a place on the course. This is because you may be working in an environment with children, young people and vulnerable adults. You may have to pay for this check to be completed.

This course does not attract a government funding subsidy, therefore if you are 19+ it will be a full-cost course. Tuition fees will be in the region of £6 per hour, plus assessment fee(s). For more information and for advice on a College instalment plan to support financial payments, please contact Customer Services and Reception on 0800 056 0511 or email customerservices@southdowns.ac.uk

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