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BTEC Extended Certificate

Children’s Play, Learning & Development

What is Children’s Play, Learning & Development

Children’s Play, Learning and Development is a course suited to anyone interested in working with young children and children with additional needs, and in a range of settings; such as nursery, pre-school or primary school. A career within the Early Years sector is challenging but also hugely rewarding, as it allows you to make a difference to the lives of children, helping them to reach their full potential. If you have an approachable, trustworthy, enthusiastic and compassionate nature, this course may be for you!

What Will You Study?

Throughout the course you will be provided with opportunities to learn through a range of different activities, studying three core and one additional unit. The core units include Children’s Development, Children’s Communication, Literacy & Numeracy Skills and Play & Learning. Teaching, learning and assessment is applied to the childcare sector and situations where play, learning and development take place.

As part of the Extended Certificate course, you will also get the chance to complete a minimum of 50 placement hours in at least two industry-related settings, with children from birth to seven years 11 months. Prior to this, a DBS check must be completed to enable you to work with children.

What Next?

Studying Children’s Play, Learning and Development will enable you to progress into Higher Education to pursue many different careers including – Children’s Nursing, Primary School Teaching, Social Work degrees or one of our Foundation Degrees in Early Years or Teaching and Learning Support here at Newman.

Alternatively, you may choose to progress into a related apprenticeship or training position, or study another subject at degree level.

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Entry Requirements

At least five 4s at GCSE including at least a 4 in English Language or Maths.
NOTE: Completion of a Disclosure and Barring Service Application (DBS) is compulsory as gaining work experience with a range of vulnerable client groups is an essential requirement of this course.

Course Type

BTEC Extended Certificate

What other subjects go well with this subject?

This course is equivalent to one A Level and can be combined successfully with traditional A Levels or a Diploma in Health and Social Care to create a pathway into Primary Teaching.

Did you know?

If babies’ bodies grew at the same rate as their brains, they would weigh 12 stone by 1 month old.


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