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Children's Play, Learning & Development (Early Years Educator) BTEC Level 3 at Runshaw College

Course description

Why should I come to Runshaw to study Children's Play, Learning and Development?

This is a two-year programme for those wishing to work with children in either early years, primary or special needs settings. You will complete four different placements, gaining experience working with children aged 0-8 years within early years and primary school settings.

Please note that due to the placements you will need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) check to confirm they do not have any cautions or convictions which would put in question their suitability to work in these areas.

In terms of enrichment, you will experience an exciting range of activities, including visiting speakers, trips and team building exercises. Previous trips destinations have included Chester Zoo, Liverpool Slavery Museum, the Trafford Centre, and Rock and River Outdoor Pursuits Centre.

The pass rate for 2018 on this course was 100%, with 95% of students achieving high grades.

What will I study?

The units studied cover all aspects of understanding and supporting children and how to apply this knowledge in the work place, including Child Development; Play and Learning; Safeguarding in Early Years and Health and Safety in Early Years Settings. Optional specialist units include Working with Children who have Additional Needs, and Supporting Children's Creativity. You will also complete a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate your skills working with young children.

Entry requirements

For access to our Advanced Vocational courses, our entry requirements are 5 x Grade 4 equivalent (5 x Grade 4 or C). This should include Maths or English (Language or Literature) at Grade 4, and no less than a 3 in the other.

For Children's Play, Learning and Development specifically, this should include:

For the National Diploma:

  • Grade 4 Maths AND
  • Grade 4 English (Language or Literature)

For the National Certificate:

  • Grade 4 and 3 Maths AND English (Language or Literature) (either way round)

If intending to progress to teaching:

  • Grade 4 Science AND
  • Grade 4 English Language

For placements, students will also be required to undergo a DBS check to confirm they do not have any cautions or convictions which would put in question their suitability to work in these areas.


How is the course assessed?

The course is assessed through coursework, which takes the form of assignments, successful completion of each placement, and external assessment. Students will also complete a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate their skills working with children.

Financial information

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

Future opportunities

What will this course prepare me for?

Successful completion of the course would lead to employment or higher education in:

  • Primary teaching
  • Early years teaching
  • Children’s nursing
  • Nursery practitioner - the qualification provides a license to practice as an early years practitioner
  • Community support worker (health visitor support)
  • Nanny
  • Classroom assistant
  • Edge Hill - primary teaching with QTS
  • Edge Hill - Early Years Education with QTS
  • Runshaw HE - Children, Young People and their Services
  • University of Wolverhampton - Special Needs and Inclusion Studies
  • University of Cumbria - Early Years Education
  • UCLan - Policing or Criminology
  • UCLan - Nursing Pre-Registration Child
  • University of Cumbria - Early Years Education and Care
  • Leeds Met - Early Years Teaching and Psychology
  • Early Years Education and Care
  • Primary Education

Where are you going?

  • Midwife
  • Nurse
  • Social Worker
  • Primary School Teacher
  • Youth Worker

Further information

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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: 02 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: LVNDCPLD

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