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Children's Play, Learning & Development BTEC Level 3 National Certificate at Exmouth Community College

Course description

Are you interested in a career where you will be working with children? Does being a primary school teacher, social worker, nursery worker, psychologist, midwife or paediatric nurse interest you? If so, this course could be for you.

Course content

You will:

  • Complete a minimum of 50 hours of work experience in the sector
  • Learn a range of psychological theories and models that can inform patterns of children’s growth and development
  • Be able to apply a range of psychological theories and models that inform  children’s growth and development to real-life scenarios
  • Learn about brain development and the importance of stimulating play on the developing brain
  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge and understanding of key concepts, key activities, processes and theories that  promote the development of children’s communication, language, literacy and numeracy

It can be taken alongside, for example:

  • A Levels in Biology and Psychology, which could lead to a BSc (Hons) in  Paediatric Nursing
  • A Levels in English and Psychology, which could lead to a BA (Hons) in  Childhood Studies
  • A Levels in English and History, which could lead to a BA (Hons) in Primary Education.







Entry requirements

5 GCSE’s (or equivalent) at grade 4 or above with two being in English and maths

Subject specific entry requirements or recommendations: 

A GSCE or BTEC in Child Development or Health and Social Care is helpful but certainly not essential. What is most important is that you have a keen interest in children and an enquiring mind into how children grow and  develop, play and learn.


You will be assessed through one externally assessed exam, a task set and marked by the awarding body Pearson, taken under supervised conditions, and two course work units marked internally.

Future opportunities

This two-year course is equivalent to one A level and will be taken alongside other qualifications. On completion of this course you may choose to enter employment or, depending on your overall grades, progress to higher education.

Further information

Student Voice:

"It’s a fun subject that not only teaches you in class but also gives you real experiences in local schools."

"Our teacher couldn’t do more to help us understand and succeed in the subject."

"We recommend this subject to any hardworking students who enjoy working with children."

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Exmouth Community College directly.

Last updated date: 10 November 2017

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