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BTEC Level 2 Technical Diploma in Children's Play, Learning and Development (Early Years Assistant) at New College Leicester

Course description

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is for you if you want to start a career in early years education and care. It is designed for post-16 students and can be taken as part of a wider study programme. It is an ideal qualification if you are intending to progress directly to employment within the early years sector, or to an early years apprenticeship.

 

What does the qualification cover?

This qualification has been developed in consultation with employers within the early years sector to ensure you learn the skills and behaviours that will give you the best opportunity to be successful when applying for work. All the content of the qualification is mandatory and relates directly to the skills, knowledge and behaviours expected by employers in the early years sector.

Course content

The areas you will cover include:

  • child development
  • working in early years settings
  • caring for children
  • supporting children’s learning through play.

You will also enhance your broader skills in literacy and numeracy, which will be invaluable in supporting your progression. In addition, you will develop transferable technical and practical skills in communication, professional behaviours in the workplace, reflective practice, and preparing for interviews to secure employment or an apprenticeship. As part of your course, you will be required to engage with sector employers, where opportunities will be given for you to develop practical skills in preparation for employment.

 

You will be required to take a work placement of 280 hours in an early years setting.

Entry requirements

It is designed for post-16 students and can be taken as part of a wider study programme.

All successful students will be of a caring nature with a positive attitude to work and display commitment and motivation.

You will be required to take a work placement of 280 hours in an early years setting.

Assessment

The course is unit-based and is assessed internally with assignments and 2 externally marked exam units, with Pass, Merit and Distinction grades

Financial information

None.

Future opportunities

Achieving this qualification will give you an advantage when applying for a job in the early years sector. The types of role you will be ready for are: 

  • preschool assistant 
  • nursery assistant 
  • early years assistant 
  • childminder’s helper.

When taken as part of a full study programme, typically alongside GCSE maths or English, this qualification also gives you a sound basis to progress further within the early years sector to a level 3 qualification such as a Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development (Early Years Educator), a Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development (Early Years Educator), or an Advanced Apprenticeship in Children and Young People’s Workforce (Early Years Educator).

Further information

You will be required to take a work placement of 280 hours in an early years setting.

For further information please contact Mrs Ruth Smith (Vocational Education Teacher) or your Connexions or Careers Advisor.

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: 31 October 2018
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