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Child Care and Education, BTEC, Level 3, Extended Certificate at The Marsh Academy

Course description

Over a two year course you will develop a range of practical skills and theoretical knowledge in the areas of child development, safeguarding children, supporting children’s additional needs and reflective practice. You will gain practical experience working with children aged 0-8 years working in different early years setting. Many students who enjoy and successfully complete this course progress onto Higher Education or employment working in schools and nurseries.

Course content

Students will complete 50 hours’ work experience in the sector. Learners taking this qualification will study three mandatory units which cover the following topics:
• children’s development
• communication and numeracy 
• play and learning.

Learners are able to select one optional unit, which will support their progression to specialised degree programmes in the sector, and covers areas such as:
• physical development, care and health needs 
• keeping children safe
• The Early Years Foundation Stage

Entry requirements

Minimum Grade 4 in GCSE English.


BTEC Nationals use a combination of assessment styles to give students confidence they can apply their knowledge to succeed in the workplace – and have the study skills to continue learning on higher education courses. This range of vocational assessments – practical and written – mean students can showcase their learning and achievements to best effect when they take their next step, whether that’s supporting applications to higher education courses or potential employers. BTEC Nationals use three types of assessment:

Assignments - Students complete a series of tasks set in a work-related scenario which you can tailor to local industry needs.
Tasks - Require students to demonstrate their skills and knowledge in a real-life scenario they are likely to encounter in the workplace. They provide students work based challenges, where they are faced with realistic work conditions and time-based pressures.
Written exams - Students draw on essential information to create written answers to practical questions in exam conditions.

Future opportunities

This qualification is generally taken alongside other qualifications as part of a 2 year programme of learning. This will enable learners to progress to a degree programme chosen from a range of programmes in the childcare sector. The qualification is intended to carry UCAS points and is recognised by higher education institutions as contributing to meeting admission requirements to many relevant courses.

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: 14 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September