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Children’s Care, Learning and Development (Early Years Educator) BTEC Level 3 National Diploma at Burnley College

Course description

The units studied over the two years balance theory of child development with practical units which will prepare students for work such as Food and Mealtime, Play and Working with the Early Years’ Foundation Stage. Over the two years students will be able to make an informed choice of the age range they would like to work with by assisting children from 0 – 8 years.

There is a compulsory placement element in which students have to accrue 750 hours over the two year period within three different age ranges to enable them to gain their practitioner status.

As well as being taught in the classroom, students will also be taught outdoors, experiencing different settings for children’s play, learning and development. Students will be on placement in nurseries and schools where much of their practical skills will be learned and developed.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade C or above including English Language and Mathematics OR a relevant Level 2 Diploma with a Merit grade or above and a GCSE grade C in English Language and Mathematics. This course is subject to a cleared enhanced DBS check.


Assessment is via coursework and exams.  

Future opportunities

University courses in areas such as: Primary Education, Early Years, Social Work, Working with Children, Young People and Families, Early Childhood Studies, Psychology and many more. In addition, you will be a qualified Early Year’s Practitioner with the Early Years Educator status on completion of this course.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 February 2016
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