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Children's Play, Learning and Development, BTEC Level 3 at Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey

Course description

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate in Children’s Play, Learning and Development (Early Years Educator) consists of twelve core units that provide for a combined total of 720 guided learning hours (GLH) for the completed qualification. This qualification will confer occupational competency on learners. It has units that the centre assesses (internal). One of the units has Pearson-set assignments. There is also an externally assessed unit that Pearson sets and marks (external).

Course content

Over the course of two years, you will examine 15 units, some of which are highlighted below. All units must be completed and Passed to achieve this qualification. Children’s Development Development of communication, literacy and numeracy skills Play and learning Enquiries into current research in Early Years Practice Keeping Children safe Children’s Physical Development care and Health needs Children’s Personal, Social and Emotional Development Working with Parents and others in Early years Observation, Assessment and Planning Reflective Practice The Early Years Foundation Stage

Entry requirements

5 A - C GCSE grades; a relevant BTEC will count as 4 x GCSE grade C; it is essential that you have completed Level 2 Childcare to merit or distinction level.  You must have a C grade at English and Maths


Unit One and Two are externally examined and marked. Unit 4 is externally set and moderated by Pearson Edexcel.

Future opportunities

The Extended Diploma In Children’s Play give learners a licence to practice in the early years sector. Roles include: Early years educator Nanny Childminder. The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements to many relevant courses, for example: BA (Hons) Special Education BSC (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy BA (Hons) Primary Education.

Further information

Learners must undertake a minimum of 750 hours in placement, in a minimum of three different placement settings. Learners must spend a minimum of 100 hours in one placement for each of the following age bands: • birth up to 1 year, 11 months in a nursery or in home-based care • 2 up to 4 years, 11 months in nursery, pre-school or home-based care • 5 up to 7 years, 11 months with children who are in a classroom setting. Up to 150 hours can be undertaken with children with additional needs in an older age group. Learners must complete the Practical Evidence Portfolio (PEP), which details skills that need to be evidenced whilst on placement, and features reflective summaries that need to be completed.

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: 05 December 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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