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BTEC National Extended Certificate in Children’s Play, Learning and Development at Ralph Thoresby School

Course description

Course Description

A BTEC National Extended Certificate in Children’s Play, Learning and Development is equivalent in size to one A-Level. This qualification has been designed to be run alongside other A-Level or BTEC option; it is an in-depth study of children and the different sectors they work in. It supports progression to childcare care related degrees, and is widely recognised by employers.

Course content

Course Content

Students will complete a series of units over the two years, one of which is an examination* and a unit which will comprise of an externally assessed piece of coursework**. These will take place in the first year of study. Students taking this qualification will study four units in total:

· Children’s Development*

· Development of Children’s Communication, Literacy and Numeracy Skills**

· Play and Learning

· Keeping Children Safe

Work experience will need to be completed and will be a minimum of 50 hours. This will need to be in at least one setting, with children from birth to seven years 11 months.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

4+ GCSE English Language and/or Maths and a Level 2 qualification in a related (science or Health & Social Care).



25% Examination

25% Externally marked coursework

50% Internally marked coursework

Future opportunities

Future Opportunities

The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements to many relevant courses. 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.

Learners should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes with specific higher education providers. This qualification is primarily designed to support progression to employment via higher education; however this qualification will also be relevant for those who choose to progress directly to employment, through an Early Years Educator Apprenticeship.

Further information

Further Information

For more information please see or speak to Miss Thomas

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 27 November 2017
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