Children’s Play, Learning and Development: Early Years Educator, BTEC Extended Diploma | Weston College

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September 2019
2 Years
Course code D3CPLPF1KN

Children’s Play, Learning and Development: Early Years Educator, BTEC Extended Diploma

What will I do on this course?

This nationally recognised qualification could lead directly to employment as an early years educator 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, safeguarding 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 and external exams. You must also 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 a career in the early years sector. You could also increase your skills by progressing to a university level degree, including the Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies at University Centre Weston.


Entry Requirements

You’ll need five GCSEs at grade 4/C or above, including English and maths, or a relevant Level 2 qualification. On enrolment you will be required to undertake a DBS check, which the College will pay for.

Course Level

Level 3

iAn interview is required for this course.

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What Our Students Say

Jasmine Cardwell, Early Years


Jasmine Cardwell

“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.

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