Children's Play, Learning and Development Extended Diploma Level 3 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

This course covers all areas of children’s development and learning, including current curriculums and how theoretical learning underpins working with children. You will gain practical experience during your 750 placement hours. These will be made up in a variety of settings to include nurseries, schools and special needs placements. You will cover units such as:

· Children’s development, play and learning

· Working with children with additional needs

· The early years foundations stage

· Promoting children’s development outdoors

The course will give you Early Years practitioner status which is needed for working in a variety of settings.

Assessment Methods

Assessment is through written examinations, practical assessment during placements, written coursework, presentations and a work placement portfolio.

Progression Options

On successful completion you could progress to a Foundation Degree or BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies at the University Centre Somerset, or a degree in primary education teaching, social work, speech and language therapy or special education. Alternatively, you could find employment as an Early Years Educator, Classroom Assistant, Child Minder or Nanny.

Course Summary

Course Title Children’s Play, Learning and Development Extended Diploma Level 3
Entry Requirements

You need five GCSEs in the A* to C or 9 to 5 range, including
Maths and English, or a Level 2 Early Years qualification at Merit profile, with
GCSE English and Maths at C or above (9 to 4 range). You also need GCSE Science
if you want to pursue primary teaching. Entry is subject to a successful
interview and at least one week of relevant work experience such as in a nursery
or primary school.

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I didn’t know anyone when I started but quickly make new friendships and have gained in confidence. The work experience helped with that, as well as the staff being really supportive.

Charlotte Whiterod

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