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Children’s Play, Learning and Development (Early Educator) Advanced Specialist Qualification at Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form

Course description

What is an Advanced Specialist Qualification in Children’s Play, Learning and Development?
This course is equivalent to three A Levels and it is a two-year specialist work related programme of study that covers the key knowledge and practical skills required in the care and early years sectors. This qualification is approved by the National College of Teaching and Leadership to confer Early Years Educator status.

Why study an Advanced Specialist Qualification in Children’s Play, Learning and Development?
You will gain the knowledge and skills required in the care and early years sectors. The knowledge will be gained through the study of a range of units including safeguarding, health and safety, literacy and numeracy, research skills, nutrition, outdoor play and development. The skills will be gained through work experience in a range of different placements.

Course content

If you choose to take this course, you will undertake various units of study and spend a minimum of 750 hours in assessed practice through a variety of work placements. Placements will be with babies, preschools, primary schools and children with special needs. You will be expected to work alongside qualified staff, to assist them in looking after the children, organising activities and developing learning resources, all of which are essential elements of this Advanced Specialist Qualification. The work placement enables you to put classroom theory into practice and it increases your employability skills and improves your confidence.

Entry requirements

Four GCSEs at Grade C or above are required including English and Mathematics. If you are intending to progress into teaching you will also need Science at GCSE Grade C or above. If you do not gain these in the Summer examinations, you will retake them as part of your Sixth Form course.

Future opportunities

After completing this course you may well progress from this qualification into employment, for example, a Nursery Nurse or Classroom Assistant. Alternatively, you may wish to go on to study for a degree, other higher education studies or teacher training. Specialist Qualifications are equivalent to A Levels and are recognised by universities. The career progression of previous students includes Social Work, Midwifery, Nursing and Teaching.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 14 October 2015
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