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Childrens's Play Learning and Development BTEC National Extended Certficate at Langley Park School for Girls

Course description

The BTEC National Extended Certificate in Children’s Play, Learning and Development is a 4 Unit course equivalent to 1 A level.

This is an exciting qualification which is nationally recognised and career-focused. This course is an ideal choice if you are considering a career with children either in primary teaching or some kind of childcare setting and will compliment many other A level or BTEC courses. The CPLD course will develop your understanding of the role of the child’s development in their early years and is clearly linked to Child Psychology.

This qualification is aimed at students who have a real interest in young children (aged between 0 and 7 yrs 11 months) and who may enjoy the prospect of a career in this field. The course is both practical and theoretical and will frequently involve real-life situations and case studies as appropriate.

Course content

You will study units covering different aspects of a child’s life. The topics you will learn about include child psychology, children’s rights and safeguarding, how children develop through play and the development of children’s communication, literacy and numeracy skills.

This course requires you to secure a placement in a child-centred setting such as a nursery, children’s centre or primary school for a minimum of 50 hours which is completed over the course of a year.

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSE passes at grade 4 or above to include English Language, Maths and Science. You may be required to undertake DBS for some placements.

Skills Required

An interest in young children, a commitment to hard work, reliability, the ability to work as part of a team, the ability to organise your time effectively and lots of enthusiasm.


This BTEC is assessed through coursework, an externally assessed examination and an examination board set task that is assessed externally. All coursework units are mandatory and are taught and assessed throughout the course. Your coursework tasks may include case studies, information booklets, essays, discussion based exercises and presentations. During your work placements you will complete a log book which will contribute to the completion of one unit and your final qualification.

Unit 1, Child Development is taught in Year 12 and is the externally assessed unit. Students will sit the Unit 1 examination at the end of Year 12. Please note Unit 1 carries double points towards the final grade and students MUST pass the examination in order to pass the course. In Year 13, the main focus will be Unit 2 which is also externally assessed.

Future opportunities

The BTEC National Extended Certificate in Children’s Play, Learning and Development will allow you to:-

  • Progress to a foundation or full degree course in any of the following: education, early years, psychology, child psychology, social work and nursing.
  • Take a degree in Primary Education (students are advised to check the other subjects that are required for individual University entry)
  • Start work e.g. in a nursery, school or children’s centre either through an apprenticeship or employment
  • Progress onto a higher level course

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Langley Park School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 27 October 2017
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