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BTEC Level 3 Childcare at Ken Stimpson Community School

Course description

What Will I learn? The aim of the course is to equip you with both knowledge and skills to care for young children in a wide variety of settings (day nurseries, children's centres, reception class, infant class, nursery class, special school, child-minders, and family refuge centres) so the content reflects the breadth of work opportunities. As part of the course you will need to complete 50 hours work experience placement in a child care setting such as a nursery, playgroup or primary school.

Course content

Further Course Content: The Edexcel Level 3 BTEC Extended Certificate in Children’s Play, Learning and Development is a 360 guided-learning-hour (GLH) qualification that consists of 3 mandatory units and 1 optional unit. You will also be required to complete 50 hours of work placement within a children’s (EYFS) setting. The Units are as follows: Year 1 Unit 1: Children’s Development (externally assessed examination) Unit 2: Development of Children’s Communication, Literacy and Numeracy Skills (externally assessed task) Year 2 Unit 3: Play and Learning (coursework) Unit 4: Keeping Children Safe (coursework)

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements: 6- A*-C graded GCSE’s including a good standard of literacy and numeracy (minimum grade C).


Assessment Your progress is mainly assessed during the course, through your assignments, practical work, project work and responses to case studies. You will also be required to pass an examination to achieve your qualification as well as a further task which is also externally assessed. The other 2 units consist of coursework and will be marked internally. In addition to your tutors' assessment you will develop the ability to carry out your own evaluation of your success. Having provided evidence in these ways to show that you are competent in each unit you gain a Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction * grade.

Future opportunities

What can I do Next? There are rewarding jobs in both the public and private sector in private nurseries, nursery classes, children's centres, health centres and private families. There are also posts available in infant and special schools. Successful students may also wish to pursue further study at university level.

Further information

Summary Level: BTEC Nationals Level 3 in Children’s Play, Learning and Development Duration: 2 Years Qualification Extended Certificate in Children’s Play, Learning and Development

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ken Stimpson Community School directly.

Last updated date: 27 October 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Sixth Form Administrator
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01733765950
    • Email address:


  • More information
    • Ken Stimpson Community School is a single site school which is endowed with superb facilities, some of which are shared with Werrington District Library and Werrington Sports & Recreation Centre. The school has access to sports facilities, multiple computer suites, drama studios, music classrooms and practice spaces, dance theatres and performance areas all of which would be less likely to be found in a more traditional school. In addition to our well equipped and resourced teaching blocks we also have a two-court, floodlit astroturf area and extensive playing fields.