BTEC Children’s Play, Learning & Development

Course Description 

The course covers both work at pre-school level and in early years within a school. There are 4 units to be completed over the two years.

Examples of topics covered are:

  • Children’s Development
  • Development of Children’s Communication
  • Literacy and Numeracy Skills
  • Play and Learning
  • Keeping children safe
  • Working in early years
  • Services for children and their families
  • Career Development in the Early Years Sector

There is also a work experience requirement. This is usually completed as part of the two-week work experience programme as part of the enrichment curriculum.

How will I be assessed?

There are two external aspects to the course: one unit is an examination and the second is a set assignment. The further two units are portfolio based.  The units contain assessment tasks at Pass, Merit and Distinction level.

Additional information

You must have a genuine interest and enthusiasm to work information with children from birth to 7 years.  Good communication is also essential.

Future prospects

Students can also progress onto degree level courses such as teaching, early years or social work.  It is an ideal course in preparation for these degrees and is fully accepted by admissions tutors.

Students develop a broad understanding of the health, social care and early years sectors, as well as the skills and technical knowledge of this area.  In addition, they will gain an awareness of particular groups and their needs by focusing on health, early years, care of older people or individuals with specific needs.

This is a sector specific qualification.

There are four units to be studied over the two years.

  • Human Lifespan Development
  • Working in Health and Social Care
  • Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs
  • Physiological Disorders and their Care

How will I be assessed?

Two units are portfolio based.  The units contain assessment tasks at Pass, Merit and Distinction level.

Two units have examinations, one in year 12 and one in year 13.

Additional information

You must have a genuine interest and enthusiasm to work information with people of all ages and needs. This course requires you to apply knowledge and understanding from the ‘real’ world so some experience in this area is useful.  This will support you to achieve the higher grades.  This course has the same UCAS points as the A level in H&SC.

Future prospects

Health and Social Care enables students to progress to degree level courses such as nursing, midwifery, social work, teaching and physiotherapy. It is an ideal course in preparation for these degrees and is fully accepted by admissions tutors. You could also go onto relevant employment within the health, social care and early years sector.