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Children's Play, Learning and Development BTEC L2 at Swale Sixth Form

Course description

Summary of skills students gain by studying this subject

Students studying this course develop skills in effective communication, independent enquiry and research.  Practical skills are applied in work placement settings, with work experience forming a critical part of the course.  Students will also develop skills in creative thinking, reflective learning, team work, and work and deadline management.  A key feature of the course involves supporting the development of children under the age of 5. 

Course content

Potential Topics that will be studied

  • Patterns of Child Development
  • Promoting Children's Development Through Play
  • The Principles of Early Years Practice
  • Promoting Children's Positive Behaviour
  • Health & Safety in Early Years Settings
  • Making Health Food Choices for Children
  • Introduction to Working in the Early Years Sector

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Students need to achieve 5   9 - 1 GCSE grades including English and maths.

A merit of higher in BTEC Level 2 Health & Social Care, or a grade 5 in GCSE Health & Social Care would be beneficial, although students new to the subject will be considered.  

All candidates will be required to complete an enhanced DBS (police check - self funded) 



On the BTEC course, assessment takes place in a variety of ways including assignments, externally assessed exam board tasks, as well as written examinations. There is also a work placement element to the course.

Financial information

Please Note:

This course requires you to have an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check to allow you to work with vulnerable children and adults, within a health and social care setting.  

There is a charge for this DBS check which is payable by the student.

Future opportunities

Progression and career opportunities

This course provides opportunities for progression onto a range of career paths and University degrees, as well as an early years educator qualification.  Students wishing to work in areas including childcare and primary teaching would be particularly suitable for this course. 


Further information



How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 09 November 2017
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