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Children’s Play, Learning and Development BTEC at Shoreham Academy

Course description

Students complete at least 750 hours work experience across three different placement settings during the two year period. These experiences can be facilitated by the sixth form centre and the student themselves. Students have the opportunity to complete additional training within their work experience programme if deemed appropriate to the provider.

Course content

This course will provide opportunities for you to:

  • Actively engage in the processes of children's development and play in order to develop as effective and independent students.
  • Understand aspects of personal development, in the early years sector and early education, through investigation and evaluation of a range of services and organisations
  • Develop a critical and analytical approach to problem solving within childcare and early years sectors
  • Examine the issues which affect the nature and quality of child development, including appreciation of diversity and cultural issues
  • Develop an awareness of the influences on an individual’s health and wellbeing
  • Understand the importance of motivation and support when working with children.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs A*-C, including Mathematics and English.


This course is internally and externally assessed according to the BTEC Pearson Edexcel guidelines.

Year 12

Students will complete a total of 13 units that will enable them to be awarded with a Subsidiary Diploma in CPLD. All of these units have to be completed by the end of year 12 in order to progress to year 13. Students also need to have completed a total of 450 hours of a total of 750 hours work experience in order to progress to year 13. Each unit is subject to an external verification process.

Year 13

Students will complete their remaining 300 hours work experience and complete the last six units. They will also have to complete their work experience portfolio. Each unit is subject to an external verification process.

Future opportunities

Students can continue studying this subject area through different Qualification Routes. Possible routes are University Courses related to the health care professions. Students can go on to become doctors, workers in early years services such as nurseries, dentists, dieticians, nurses, social workers and midwives to mention just a few.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Shoreham Academy directly.

Last updated date: 19 September 2016
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