Childcare and Development

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Course introduction

The BTEC Level 2 First Award in Children’s Play, Learning and Development will inspire and enthuse learners to consider a career in early years, or related sectors. Learners will gain in-depth knowledge of child development and develop skills in play needed to promote child development in the early years sector. Successful completion of the course will allow learners to progress to a more specialised and technical level 3 course.

Level

2

Specific course entry requirements

For a level 2 programme, students will be expected to have gained 4 grade 3s including English Language and Maths at grade 3

How will I be assessed?

The BTEC Level 2 First Award in Children’s Play, Learning and Development has three units of study. One unit is externally assessed, and two units will be internally assessed.

What will I study?

• Patterns of Child Development

• Promoting Children’s Development Through Play

• The Principles of Early Years Practice

All units must be successfully achieved in order to gain this qualification. Group work, taught sessions, independent study and wider reading are integral features of this course.

Where will this course lead me?

 Successful completion of the course will allow learners to progress to a more specialised and technical level 3 course. 
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Our Elective Programme is designed to help you develop your gifts and interests as part of an enhanced level 3 programme. We will help you realise your potential by nurturing your talent and preparing you for study at the most prestigious universities or for progression to competitive higher-level apprenticeships. Your options range from our Honours Programme, which might include following a fourth A level, to specialist Futures Programmes that will support your career goals.

Level 2 entry requirements

If you’re not quite ready to start on a Level 3 Technical course (T Levels) or a Vocational Level 3 course (BTEC) but want to begin on the path to your chosen career, the Transition Programme could be for you.  

Transition Programmes are tailored to prepare students to move onto Technical or Vocational Level 3 study. They will give you the opportunity to improve your English and Maths, your work readiness skills and introduce you to the technical skills and concepts that you will need for future study and employment. 

As part of the Transition Programme you will study a BTEC Level 2 Award in your chosen subject area as well as the BTEC Level 2 Extended Award in Work Skills. You will also have the opportunity to resit GCSE English and/or Maths if you have not yet achieved a grade 4. 

Entry criteria for Transition Programmes is four grade 3s including grade 3s in English Language and Maths GCSE.

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