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St John’s Catholic Comprehensive School

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Children's Play, Learning & Development

Course Details

If you are interested in a career in the early years sector, where you have the opportunity to work with and support babies and children, this is the course for you. If you are looking to further your education within this field in speech therapy, social work, special education, play work and teaching, this course offers an excellent platform from which to develop your learning.  This course will equip you with the practical skills and knowledge needed to begin professional work in a range of early years settings or provides as fantastic route into higher education. The course content is delivered in a creative way enabling you to be as active, practical, and work-related as possible particularly as students have the opportunity for 50 hours of work experience in an early years setting. Alongside this, it provides robust opportunities for you to gain knowledge and understanding of a wide range of subject areas relating to early years settings.

Modules Studied

In the Extended Certificate you will study the following units: 

  • Unit 1 – Children’s Development (exam)
  • Unit 2- Development of Children’s Communication, Literacy and Numeracy Skills (exam)
  • Unit 3- Play and Learning          
  • Unit 5- Keeping Children Safe  

All students will complete 50 hours of work experience in an early year’s settings. 

What can I do after I have completed this course?

  1. Special Education
  2. Social work
  3. Play Therapy
  4. Health Centres
  5. Health visitors and Children’s Centres
  6. Midwifery
  7. Paediatrician/nursing
  8. Children’s worker
  9. Teacher/Nursery
  10. Speech and Language Therapy
  11. Foundation/ BA or BSc degree

Please Note:

This is a two-year course and no qualification will be gained if only one year is completed