Children’s Play, Learning and Development BTEC

Departmental contact

Mrs Phillips – phillips.j@myton.co.uk

Examining board & Qualification

Edexcel – BTEC LEVEL 3

Entry requirements

At least a grade 4 in GCSE English Language

STUDENTS SAY

“CPLD has allowed me to increase my confidence in the workplace by allowing me to take part in a work placement at a local primary school. I really enjoy the course and I look forward to using my knowledge from it in the future.”

“CPLD has given me the confidence and the skills to understand the subject from a theoretical point of view and it has been great applying the theory to practice in my nursery school placement.”

“I have really enjoyed the course, learning about how children grow and develop, how they can be supported to do this and how to keep them safe has been really interesting.”

“Learning about the way we develop and how the things that happen in our lives affect our development is really fascinating.”

WHY STUDY THIS SUBJECT?

This is a course that is suitable for anyone who is interested in studying the skills and acquiring the knowledge involved in the care of young children and babies.

This Award is suitable for students considering careers that require knowledge of child development. It will give a sound understanding to enable you to work towards a career in nursery and primary teaching, social work, paediatric nursing, midwifery and other similar roles.

WHAT SKILLS WILL I DEVELOP?

You will develop key skills in communication, team work, analytical writing, independent thinking, enquiring and reflecting. Through this you will gain the ability to apply knowledge and personal organisational skills in many contexts. The skills you will gain are useful and transferable whatever work you go on to do.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

Unit 1 – Children’s Development
Unit 2 – Development of Children’s Communication, Literacy and Numeracy Skills
Unit 3 – Play and Learning
Unit 4 – Keeping Children Safe

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

There will be one unit that is assessed by an exam. The rest of the units will be course work that is both internally and externally assessed.

WHAT ARE MY POST-18 OPTIONS?

UCAS points gained from this qualification can be used to meet the entry requirements for many courses in higher education or alternatively you may choose to study further childcare qualifications whilst working in the sector. Because the course was designed in collaboration with industry professionals, it is a respected subject for those wishing to move into employment in the sector following further study.

WHAT EXTRA-CURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES ARE THERE?

You will need to gain some practical experience working with younger children through an organised work placement at a local nursery or primary school. You may also like to add to this formal placement by buddying or volunteering at extra-curricular activities for younger students at school or local groups.

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