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Children's Play, Learning & Development - Level 3

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arrowLevel 3
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pinLancaster & Morecambe College
Start date: 07/09/2020

This is a challenging two year course which is exciting and rigorous. Learners who successfully complete the BTEC Level 3 National Diploma or Extended Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development will be able to practice as Early Years Educators (providing you also have GCSE maths and English at C/4 or above or Level 2 Functional Skills). Learners can be sure that they are taking a qualification that is respected by employers, the early years sector and higher education institutions. The full Extended Diploma qualification is equivalent to three A-levels in terms of size, and the Diploma is equivalent to two A-levels. Learners can gain up to 168 UCAS points for progression to university.

Who is this Course for?

This course is designed for 16-18 year old and will be delivered as a study programme which includes math and English where applicable and work experience. The course will include a substantial amount of careers related learning designed to support progression to the suitable next step, this could include educational trips, employability skills and employer encounters such as guest speakers.

What progression and career opportunities will I gain?

Job roles may include:

• Teaching Assistant

• Early Years Educator

• Nanny

• Family Support Worker

• Children’s Holiday Representative

Employment areas may include:

• Private nurseries

• Children’s Centres

• Specialist support work

• Schools

Students completing the full National Extended Diploma may also progress onto Higher Education courses which may include:

• Teacher Training BA Hons (English, Maths and Science at grade C/4 or higher are needed)

• Higher National Diploma

• Children’s Nursing

• Early Years and Education

• Playwork

What are the entry requirements for the course?

3 GCSEs at grade A*-C OR a Level 2 related qualification PLUS GCSE maths and English at grade C/4 or higher.

Students will also need to take part in a group assessment to check communication and interpersonal skills to ensure you are suitable for a career in child education and placement ready.

If you are progressing from another course in College, a tutor recommendation will be needed, detailing your record of attendance and commitment to your studies.

What do I do Next?

For information, advice and guidance or to apply please phone Student & Learning Services on 01524 521385 or 0800 306306.

Download The Course Information Sheet