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Children’s Play, Learning and Development BTEC Level 3 Diploma at Brockenhurst College

Course description

The course provides the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for success in an early year's environment. 

It develops competence (0-8 years) therefore confers qualified Early Years Educator status. 

It provides routes into immediate employment in a variety of settings and into Higher Education.

The BTEC National Diploma is equivalent to 3 A levels which provide Early Years Educator status and entry to High Education e.g. early years teaching and childhood studies.

Course content

The BTEC National Diploma in Children's Play, Learning and Development comprises of 13 core units plus specialist units.

750 hours minimum of work placement is mandatory over the range of age groups.

Core Units:

  • Child Development
  • Play and learning
  • Physical Development
  • Health & Safety
  • Working with Parents
  • Children’s Speech and Language
  • Safeguarding
  • Observations
  • Deflective Practice
  • Implementing the Early Years Curriculum.

Entry requirements

4 GCSE passes at grade C or above, to include English Language and Mathematics. 

Learners wishing to use the qualification to progress to Higher Education must have GCSE grade C or above in English, Mathematics and Science.

An appropriate reference to 5 days relevant voluntary work experience undertaken within the last 12 months.

Satisfactory interview.



This is a practical, work related course with considerable academic content.  You learn by completing assignments that are based on work place situations, research, group work, discussions and theoretical aspects of Early Years.  

Assignments are internally and externally assessed. Unit Child Development - case study exam.


Financial information

Sweatshirt (optional)  £18.00
Polo shirt    £14.00

DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service clearance check, formerly known as CRB) will be required.  £44.00

Future opportunities

Once qualified, you will be able to progress to specialist advance study or work in a variety of settings; nursery, infant or primary schools, play therapy units, family centres, assisting nurses or health visitors, holiday crèches or as a nanny, progression to University to study Early Years teaching with QTS, Childhood and Youth Community Studies, Social Work.

Further information

PACEY - the Professional Association for Childcare & Early Years. As an early years student you will benefit from our links with PACEY, the organisation that supports and sets the standards for the sector. Your tutors will tell you all about the membership opportunities and will guide you through the process.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brockenhurst College directly.

Last updated date: 18 February 2016

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