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Children's Play, Learning & Development (CPLD) BTEC Level 3 National Award at Lowestoft Sixth Form College

Course description

If you are interested in how children develop, working with families or looking to work in the early years sector then this course is for you. This subject has been developed to reflect recent beliefs in the early years sector; which highlight the benefits of play. This qualification will give you a good foundation knowledge of child development and related theories of child development, enabling you to:

  • Gain a broad understanding and knowledge of the early years
  • Develop essential skills, such as observation, assessment skills and reflective practice skills

Whatever your chosen path in this sector, this course will prepare you to respond effectively to the needs and challenges of children and their families, supporting them to get the best start in life.

Course content

The course explores how a child develops from birth to age eight. You will study early years theories, how play supports development and how care activities and routines are valued as an important part of development. You will also learn how to work closely with parents/ carers and how to keep their child safe and happy. 

Entry requirements

4 A*-Cs at GCSE or a Merit in a full Level 2 BTEC Diploma.

If you want to add an A level with your BTEC, you will need to meet the entry criteria for for A levels.

Future opportunities

This course will enable you to progress to further study at higher education level or further training as a play specialist. It is a good starting point for those looking into careers in the sector including nursery supervisor, childcare officer, classroom assistant, child care worker, play specialists, nursing, health visitor or sole charge nanny.

Further information

You will have opportunities to gain work experience, take part in enrichment activities such as sign language, and (paediatric) first aid. In addition, some work-related experience will be organised to enable you to experience different care settings and to meet sector professionals. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lowestoft Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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