Children’s Play, Learning and Development

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

COURSE DETAILS

Equivalent to one A Level. You will study 3 mandatory units of which 2 are external, plus one optional unit marked internally. Students will undertake 50 hours of work placement.  This course offers a broad basis of study of the early years sector. This qualification is designed to support progression to higher education when taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A Levels.

WHO IS THIS QUALIFICATION FOR?

Suitable for students wanting a career in childcare, nursing or teaching.

WHAT DOES THIS QUALIFICATION COVER?

Learners will complete 50 hours work experience in the sector.
Learners taking this qualification will study three mandatory units which cover the following topics:

  • children’s development
  • communication and numeracy
  • play and learning

Learners are able to select one optional unit, which will support their progression to specialised degree programmes in the sector, and covers areas such as:

  • physical development, care and health needs
  • keeping children safe
  • working with parents and others in Early Years
  • the Early Years Foundation Stage

WHAT COULD THIS QUALIFICATION LEAD TO?

It will enable learners to progress to a wide range of degree programmes. The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements to many relevant courses.
It can be taken alongside, for example:

  • A Levels in Biology and Psychology, which could lead to a BSc (Hons) in Paediatric Nursing.
  • A Levels in English and Psychology, which could lead to a BA (Hons) in Childhood Studies.
  • A Levels in English and History, which could lead to a BA (Hons) in Primary Education.

This qualification is primarily designed to support progression to employment via higher education; however this qualification will also be relevant for those who choose to progress directly to employment, through an Early Years Educator Apprenticeship.

HOW DOES THE QUALIFICATION PROVIDE EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS?

There are opportunities during the teaching and learning phase to give learners practice in developing employability skills generally in the following three main categories:

  • cognitive and problem-solving skills: using critical thinking, approaching non-routine problems applying expert and creative solutions and using systems and technology;
  • intrapersonal skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation and
  • interpersonal skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development.

HOW DOES THE QUALIFICATION PROVIDE TRANSFERABLE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION?

The transferable skills that universities value include the ability to learn independently, the ability to research actively and methodically and being able to give presentations and being active group members.