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Children's Play, Learning and Development - Single Vocational A Level (BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate) at Bolton Sixth Form College

Course description

Have you ever wondered where ‘Super Nanny’ Jo Frost gets her ideas? Have you ever heard the term ‘Time Out’? With a minimum of 50 hours’ practical work experience and theoretical concepts, the new Children’s Play, Learning and Development Single Vocational A Level Qualification offers you the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge of working with children aged 0-8 Years.

Course content

The course will introduce you to a range of interesting and enriching topic areas relevant to early year’s practice, from practical skills for looking after children to psychological theory of development.

You will gain an understanding of the development of children and how this influences their progress as they grow. Using this information, you will develop skills in supporting the development of children through the use of activities and observation. You will gain an insight in to how to promote children’s language and communication through play and learning activities.

Units covered in the first year:

  • Child Development (Exam Unit)
  • Play and Learning

In class you will be carrying out practical demonstrations and practical exercises to prepare you for your work placements with a range of age groups and settings.

Work placement will support your coursework and by the end of the second year you will have achieved a minimum of fifty hours in a range of child care settings.

Entry requirements

Students will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade 6 and three GCSEs at grade 4 including English Language and Mathematics at grade 4. This course may be taken alongside A Level courses and may be more suited to learners with a strong profile of prior attainment in vocational studies. This course requires a high level of motivation and professionalism due to the amount of time spent in childcare settings.

Financial information

No course fees are applicable for 16-18 year old learners who meet funding regulations.

Future opportunities

With this Children’s Play, Learning and Development Single Vocational A Level qualification, you will be able to access a wide range of courses at HE, such as; teaching,socialwork,playspecialist,early years and education.

Further information

Please visit the College website or email for further course information.

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: 20 September 2018
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