Children’s Play, Learning and Development

Qualification: BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Child's Play, Learning and Development

Course Tutor: Mrs F Green

Course entry requirements: General BTEC entry requirements; five subjects at grade 4 or above including English Language or English Literature and Maths

Course description

Working with children comes with its share of challenges, but you will inspire minds, shape young lives and support a child’s overall wellbeing.

Mandatory units:

Unit 1: Children’s Development (Exam)

Unit 2: Development of Children’s Communication, Literacy and Numeracy Skills (Set and marked by Pearson)

Unit 3: Play and Learning (Coursework)


Optional units: (One unit must be completed)

Unit 6: Children’s Physical Development, Care and Health Needs (Internally marked coursework)


Two units will involve coursework which will be internally assessed.

It is vital you meet the task deadlines.

Additional Task

One unit will involve a task being set and marked by the exam board, Pearson.


One of the mandatory units will be examined.

Placement / Work Experience

As part of the course, there is a practical element which includes a placement within a suitable care setting. 50 hours placement/work experience is a compulsory part of the course.


Children’s Play, Learning and Development trips are a compulsory element of the course. Costs will be kept to a minimum.

Post-18 Opportunities and Employment

This qualification offers routes into many different careers. Some of these are:

  • Nursing
  • Social work
  • Care assistant
  • Early years practitioners
  • Primary School Teacher
  • Speech and Language Therapist
  • Juvenile Justice Attorney
  • Child Psychiatrist


All of these career routes require further training.

If you would like more detailed information about the content of this course, please visit the Child Development curriculum page, where you will find curriculum maps for each year of study.

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