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Children's Play, Learning and Development (CPLD) BTEC First Level 2 Extended Certificate/Diploma at Exeter College

Course description

Please note that this course will remain under the title 'BTEC First Diploma Children's Play, Learning and Development' however Child Care qualifications are currently under review and future changes are expected.

This course is designed to give you the knowledge and practical skills for supervised employment in early year settings. You will be taught by formal lectures with a variety of teaching methods including group and individual presentations.

Course content

Core Units:

  • Understanding children's development
  • Keeping children safe
  • Communication with adults and children
  • Preparing and maintaining environments for children
  • Professional development, roles and responsibilities in Child care

Specialist Unit:

  • The Development and Care of babies and young children under three years

You will undertake 300 hours of work experience which forms a compulsory part of the course, 30 hours attached to Unit 1, 30 hours attached to Unit 3 and 240 hours attached to Unit 5.

You may also have the opportunity to retake a GCSE in English or Maths.

Entry requirements

You need four GCSEs at Grade D or above including English plus three GCSE E grades including maths.


Assessment is continuous, with a marked assignment for each unit. There are two work placements within the course and these are allocated each semester, with several associated workplace assignments. 

Financial information

You may wish to purchase a textbook costing approx £19.00. Residential or Activities days are costed as economically as possible, with an estimated cost of £120. DBS checks (previously known as CRB) for work placements is £44.00. Uniform is required to wear at work placement, approximately £45.

Future opportunities

This course provides progression into employment in care or early years care and education, or onto a Level 3 vocational course or National Diploma, or A Levels providing you achieve the award at a Merit Grade and the relevant required GCSE.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 January 2016