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Children's Play, Learning & Development BTEC Level 3 at Shipley College

Course description

This professional, work-related qualification helps you develop the practical skills, backed up by theory that you need to get a job in this industry. You gain a ‘License to Practice’ as an Early Years Practitioner, essential to finding work in Childcare.

The areas you study include child development, play & learning, reflective practice, observation, assessment & planning and supporting children’s speech, communication & language.

For two days each week, you gain important work experience. This includes three separate placements in different settings covering the various groups in the 0-8 age range. In total, you will need to complete 750 hours in placement.

Course content

The core units are studied over 2 years.

  • Unit 1: Child Development
  • Unit 2: Play and Learning
  • Unit 3: Meeting Children’s Physical Development, Physical Care and Health Needs
  • Unit 4: Health and Safety in Early Years Settings
  • Unit 5: Working with Parents and Others in Early Years
  • Unit 6: Supporting Children’s Speech, Communication and Language
  • Unit 7: Supporting Children’s Personal, Social and Emotional Development 
  • Unit 8: Safeguarding in Early Years
  • Unit 9: Observation, Assessment and Planning
  • Unit 10: Supporting Children’s Literacy and Numeracy Development
  • Unit 11: Reflective Practice 
  • Unit 12: The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
  • Unit 14: Health, Education and Social Services for Children and their Families
  • You may also study GCSE’s or Functional Skills at a suitable level in English and/or maths. These skills help to make students more employable and improve CV’s or personal statements.

Entry requirements

  • 4 GCSEs at grade A* - C (9 - 4), including English & maths. If you don’t have grade C (5-4) in both subjects, the minimum for the other is grade D (3).


  • A full Level 2 at PP grade or above with maths and English grades equivalent to those stated above.*
  • A clear Disclosure and Barring Service check (free of charge) completed at the start of the course.
  • Enthusiasm for working with children.

* Students with grade D (3) in either English or maths will be expected to re-take that subject in Year 1.


This course is unit-based and is assessed both internally and externally resulting in Pass, Merit and Distinction grades. Other units are assessed through a variety of tasks that include: written assignments, oral presentation, observations drawn from work place experience, practical demonstrations, displays and other visual representations of work, gathering of skill, competence evidence, diaries, projects and written evidence compiled into portfolios.

Financial information

Please note, you need to purchase a College polo shirt (approx £11) and may wish to purchase a College hoodie (approx £17).

You will need a small amount of money to purchase recommended textbooks, study materials and a college polo shirt for placement. You will also be required to buy stationary such as files, paper and pens.

Future opportunities

After successful completion of this course, you could progress on to Higher Education. Career opportunities include working in schools, private day nurseries, social services, family centres & hospital play work.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 February 2017
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