This course is ideal for learners who are interested in learning about the early years sector as part of a balanced study programme. It is intended as an Applied General qualification, and is equivalent in size to 1 A level. It supports access to a range of higher education courses, possibly in the early years sector, if taken alongside further level 3 qualifications. No prior study of the sector is needed, but students should normally have a range of achievement at level 2 in GCSEs or equivalent qualifications.
Who is this course aimed at?
Because the Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Children’s Play, Learning and Development is generally taken alongside other qualifications as part of a two year programme of learning, students will be able to choose a wide range of degree programmes to progress to. The qualification is intended to carry UCAS points and is recognised by HE providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements to many courses. The courses available will depend on the other subjects chosen, but for students interested in a course linked to the sector the following are possibilities:
- BSc (Hons) in Paediatric Nursing, when taken alongside, for example, Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Science and A level Psychology
- BA (Hons) in Childhood Studies, when taken alongside, for example, A levels in English and Psychology
- BA (Hons) in Primary Education, when taken alongside, for example, A levels in English Literature and History.
What will you learn?
Students taking this qualification will study the following three mandatory units:
- Children’s Development
- Development of Children’s Communication, Literacy and Numeracy Skills
- Play and Learning.
- Keeping Children Safe
- Children’s Physical Development, Care and Health Needs
- Working with parents and others in Early Years
- The Early Years Foundation Stage
BTEC Level Three
No prior study of the sector is needed, but students should normally have a range of achievement at level 2 in GCSEs or equivalent qualifications including English, Maths.
How is the course assessed:
You are assessed by BTEC exams and also by assignments set by the college.