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Children's Play, Learning and Development BTEC Level 3 at Priestley College

Course description

The BTEC Level 3 in Children’s Play, Learning and Development has been developed in consultation with employers, higher education institutions and professional bodies to ensure you gain the understanding and skills for working with children aged 0 - 7. This course will take up 1 block and you can study other A Levels/L3 courses alongside it. By the end of the course we expect that students will progress to University to study courses that involve working with children (Primary school teachers, paediatric nurses, social workers, speech therapist).

Course content

The course is made up of a series of units which are relevant to Early Years. The core modules consist of Child Development and Play in Early Years Settings. Child Development is common to all levels of the qualification and provides underpinning knowledge of theory and factors affecting stages of development of children. Play in Early Years Settings provides an understanding of the different types and value of play and how it is organised and resourced. Other units look at Health and Safety, Meeting Needs and Working with Parents. You will also undertake a placement as part of this course.

Entry requirements

You will need to have obtained GCSE Maths and English at C/4, along with other GCSEs. The course is very demanding in areas such as literacy so it is vital that you have the skills to work independently, reading extension articles and completing research, which you will then apply to Child Development. Experience working with children would be beneficial but it is not essential, as you will be attending placement.


You will sit one exam in your first year, Unit 1: Child Development. This exam focuses largely on the psychological aspects of child development, along with factors affecting development and atypical development. You will also complete a number of coursework units and these will be assessed in a variety of ways, such as written reports, presentations, display work and group work. Alongside your exams and coursework you will complete a Practical Evidence Portfolio, which will consist of your achievements and reflections on placement settings. You will attend a placement for one morning or afternoon each week.

Future opportunities

You will have the opportunity to progress to University to study Social Work, Primary School Teaching, Nursing and other related degrees or may wish to continue further training to achieve the Early Years Educator Status.

Further information

You will have the opportunity to go on various trips such a residential trip to London, where you will visit The Children’s Museum. This will provide you with extensive knowledge to support you with your coursework and also the opportunity to take part in many sightseeing activities. We will also organise non-residential trips such as visits to Universities to explore their range of Early Years and Health-related degrees including a tour of their campus, taking part in lectures and finding out other general information relating to tuition and accommodation fees.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 October 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years