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Children’s Play, Learning & Development Single Vocational A Level (BTEC Extended Certificate)

Course Description

This course will introduce you to a wide range of interesting and enriching topic areas relevant to early year’s practice, from the practical skills for looking after children to the psychological theory of development. With a minimum of 50 hours practical work experience and theoretical concepts, this Children’s Play, Learning and Development Single Vocational A Level Qualification offers you the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge of working with children from birth to 8 years.

Entry Requirements

Students will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade 6 and three GCSEs at grade 4 including English Language and Mathematics at grade 4. This course may be taken alongside A Level courses and may be more suited to learners with a strong profile of prior attainment in vocational studies.  This course requires a high level of motivation and professionalism due to the amount of time spent in childcare settings.

Course Content

The course will introduce you to a range of interesting and enriching topic areas relevant to early year’s practice, from practical skills for looking after children to psychological theory of development. You will gain an understanding of the development of children and how this influences their progress as they grow. Using this information, you will gain skills in supporting the development of children through the use of activities and observation. You will gain an insight in how to promote children’s language and communication through play and learning activities.

Units covered in the first year:
• Child Development (exam unit)
• Play and Learning

In class you will be carrying out practical demonstrations and practical exercises to prepare you for your work placements with a range of age groups and settings. You will also be assessed using a variety of techniques such as; external exam, coursework and demonstrations. Work placement will support your coursework and by the end of your second year you will have achieved a minimum of fifty hours in a range of child care settings.

Assessment

Assessment will be carried out through different methods:-

•Examination - Unit 1 -  Child Development and Unit 2 - Supporting Literacy and Numeracy

•Internally set coursework

•Assessed observations in work placement

Enrichment and Work Experience

Work placement will support your coursework and by the end of the second year you will have achieved a minimum of 50 hours in a variety of settings such as nurseries and schools. As part of enrichment, you will have the  opportunity to undertake a First Aid qualification and gain experience in a Forest School Environment. We will visit a range of universities and have guest speakers that work in the child care sector.

Additional Information

Essential additional cost: DBS (£56), Forest School visit (£15), First Aid certificate (£20)

Links with other subjects: Vocational A Level in Health & Social Care; A Level English, History, Geography for careers in teaching or social work.

Future Career Opportunities

With this Children’s Play, Learning and Development Single Vocational A Level qualification you will be able to access a wide range of courses at HE including: teaching, socialwork, playspecialist, early years and education.

Why Study at BSFC?

At Bolton Sixth Form College, our Children’s Play, Learning and Development teachers have a vast amount of work experience with children in a range of settings and countries. This experience is used to enhance your learning environment and give you greater knowledge about the everyday work carried out in a child care setting. You are taught by subject experts and examiner and receive extensive support to reach your full potential.