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Children's Play, Learning and Development BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate at Sir Harry Smith Community College

Course description

This course contains 3 mandatory units:

  • Children's Development - Learners will develop an understanding of children's developmental progress from birth up to seven years 11 months
  • Development of Children's Communication, literacy and Numeracy Skills - Learners will develop an understanding of how children develop literacy, numeracy and communication skills and how to promote and support this development.
  • Play and Learning - Learners study the benefits of play, the influence of theories and approaches to play and how to provide and support purposeful paly and learning activities for children.

It also has optional units, including:

  • Keeping Children safe
  • Children's Physical development, care and Health Needs
  • Working with Parents and Others in Early Years
  • The Early Years
  • Foundation Stage

The course also requires students to spend at least 50 hours in a work placement with children aged from birth to seven years 11 months

Course content

The course contains 3 mandatory units:

  • Children;s Development - learners will develop an understanding of children's developmental progress from birth up to seven years 11 months.
  • Development of Children's Communication, Literacy and Numeracy Skills - learners will develop an understanding of how children develop literacy, language, numeracy and communication skills and how to promote and support this development.
  • Play and Learning - learners study the benefits of play, the influence of theories and approaches to play and how to provide and support purposeful play and learning activities for children.

It also has optional units including,

  • Keeping Children Safe
  • Children's Physical Development, Care and Health Needs
  • Working with Parents and Others in Early Years
  • The Early Years Foundation Stage

the course requires students to spend at least 50 hours in a work placement with children aged from birth to seven years 11 months.

 

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs graded C or higher, including English and Maths

Assessment

There are 3 main forms of assessment for this qualification; external, internal and synoptic.

The syles of external assessment used for qualifications in the Children's Play, learnign and Development suite are:

  • Examination - all learners take the same assessment at the same time, normally with a written coutcome
  • Set tasks - learners take the assessment during a defined window and demonstrate understanding through completion of a vocational task.

The syes of internal assessment use dinclude; writing up the findings of their own research, using case studies to explore complex or unfamiliar situations, carrying out projects for which they have coice over the direction and outcomes and demonstrating practical and technical skills using appropriate tools / processes etc.

Synoptic assessment requires learners to demonstrate they can identify and use effectively, in an integrated way, as appropriate selection of skills, techniques, concepts, theories and knowledge from across the shole sector. Synoptic units mya be internally or externally assessed.

Future opportunities

This qualification is generally taken alongside other qualifications as part of a two-year programme of learnign. it carries UCAS points and is recognised by Higher Education providers as contributing to the entry requirements of degree programmes. It can for example be taken alongside A levels for those wishing to complete degrees in Paediatric Nursing, Childhood Studies, and Primary Education. This qualification is primarily designed to support progression to employment via Higher Education, however, this qualification will also be relevant for those who choose to progress directly to employment, through an Early Years Educator Apprenticeship

Further information

To find out more please contact the Careers Coordinator at the College.

This course is usually delivered as part of a full time programme.

 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir Harry Smith Community College directly.

Last updated date: 16 October 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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