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Children's Care, Learning and Development BTEC First Diploma Level 2 at PETROC

Course description

This course covers all aspect of children’s care with progression leading to ‘assistant practitioner status’. The course covers all aspects of child development, preparing and maintaining environment for child care as well as supporting children’s play and learning. This course is delivered over one year with work placement built in to the main programme.

Course content

Learners will study a range of core and optional units including:

  • Understanding Children's Development
  • Keeping Children Safe
  • Communication with Children and Adults 
  • Preparing and Maintaining Environments for Child Care 
  • Professional Development, Roles and Responsibilities in Child Care
  • Supporting Children's Play and Learning

Entry requirements

All entrants must hold 4 GCSEs at grade D or equivalent or above, to preferably include GCSE Maths at grade 3 or above and GCSE English Language at grade 3 or above.
Entrants holding a grade 2 or a 3 in GCSE Maths will study towards GCSE Maths to gain grade 4 or above. Those with a grade 1 or below will study Level 1 Functional Skills Maths and retake GCSE Maths in the following year.

Entrants holding a grade 2 or a 3 in GCSE English Language will study towards GCSE English Language to gain grade 4 or above. Those with a grade 1 or below will study the Level 1 Functional Skills English and retake GCSE in the following year. 

At the end of the year all learners are expected to have completed and achieved all the components of their Level 2 Study Programme and achieved a graded improvement in their Maths and English Language studies before being allowed to progress.

An interest in early childhood studies and the desire to want to work with children.


Assessment is completed through a range of assignment based modules, exam based units and observations within the work placement

Future opportunities

Learners who successfully pass all the requirements of the qualification including Maths and English re-takes if necessary will gain 'assistant practitioner status'. This allows successful learners to undertake work in a supervised capacity within an early years environment (0-8 years).

Progression could also be to further study, such as the BTEC Nationals in Early Years/Children's Care, Learning and Development or an apprenticeship in Children's Care, Learning and Development.

Further information

The course is delivered at our Mid Devon Campus, who works closely with a large range of childcare providers in the local vicinity.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact PETROC directly.

Last updated date: 17 February 2017

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