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Children’s Play, Learning & Development BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate at Heysham High School Sports College

Course description

All students wanting to study this qualification will need to be enthusiastic and committed to working with children.

Students will study the following mandatory units: Child Development, Play and Learning and Development of Children’s Communication, Literacy and Numeracy Skills. They will also complete one optional unit and will have to carry out 50 hours of mandatory work placement in a child care setting.

Entry requirements

Grade C in GCSE English Language


At least 2 units will be covered in Year 12, one of which leads to an externally assessed examination whilst the other is coursework based.

Alongside another coursework unit in Year 13 there is also a Controlled Assessment unit where students will have an allocated amount of time to complete the work which will be marked externally.

For all units, Pass, Merit or Distinction grades can be achieved. A Distinction* grade is possible through successful completion of all units up to Distinction level.

If you achieve a Pass in all three units, this is equivalent to an E grade at AS and A Level.

If you achieve a Merit overall, this is equivalent to a C grade at AS and A Level and is therefore required by most university courses.

If you achieve a Distinction grade overall, this is equivalent to a grade A at AS and A Level.

Financial information

Folders and other stationery are needed to ensure work is organised. All texts which are studied for the course are provided. Access to the internet at home or at school is essential. 

Future opportunities

Children’s Play, Learning and Development can lead to many specialised courses in the child care industry from nursery nursing to primary school teaching.  Com­pletion of this course also allows for the opportunity to attend university.

Further information

Ms S Freear

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heysham High School Sports College directly.

Last updated date: 18 January 2017
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