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Children’s Play, Learning and Development: Early Years Educator, BTEC Extended Diploma
What will I do on this course?
This Level 3 early years course is a nationally recognised qualification that could lead directly to employment as an early years practitioner in the sector or to degree-level study.
You’ll achieve a broad understanding and knowledge of the early years sector, and develop essential skills such as observation, assessment and reflective practice.
You’ll spend a lot of time developing practical skills, and will cover topics including: children’s development and communication; play and learning; keeping children safe, and working with parents.
We will continue to develop your English and maths skills to the level that most employers look for.
How will I be assessed?
You’ll be assessed through assignment tasks and a portfolio. You must also successfully complete a minimum of 750 hours assessed practice in at least three early years settings.
What could I do after this course?
You will be able to enter into a career in the early years sector. You could also increase your skills with the Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies at University Centre .
Five GCSEs at grade 4/C and above, including English and maths, or a Level 2 course at merit or distinction.
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What Our Students Say
Jasmine Cardwell, Early Years
“The course has provided me with the opportunity to work in a variety of settings and meet lots of new people”
Former school: Worle
Course: Early Years
What next? Bethan achieved A*, A, B and will progress onto the UAL Foundation Art and Design degree at University Centre Weston.