Children’s Play, Learning and Development
BTEC Level 2 Certificate
BTEC Level 2 Certificate
A minimum of two grade Ds at GCSE or a minimum of a Pass in one BTEC Level 2 or equivalent.
A clean DBS Certificate is necessary for working with children (within the College environment)
If you are interested in joining the College we will arrange a meeting with an experienced subject counsellor who will help you to choose courses that best suit your ambitions and achievements.
All entry requirement details are correct at the time of publication, September 2018, however, the College may need to make some changes by September 2019 in the light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College’s control.
If you are seeking a career working with babies and children, this course will give you the basic knowledge and understanding of childcare and education. This sector is an ever changing area which constantly requires new professionals to work within it.
You will learn the importance of theory and practice in caring for and educating children from birth to 8 years. This will be achieved using a variety of methods, such as presentations, group tasks, case studies and practical sessions to support your learning. It is therefore important that you are able demonstrate these skills within the classroom. You will also be assessed through two externally marked exams. The Certificate in Children’s Play, Learning and Development qualification is equivalent to two GCSE’s. Alongside this qualification you will study English and maths up to GCSE grade C, achieve an Employability Skills Passport certificate and undertake work experience.
The work experience takes place within our dedicated Health, Caring and Early Years environment. It is here that you will work in small teams and plan events and activities, carry out observations and support the promotion of children’s development. You will work with reception year children, three and four-year-old children from local nurseries and children who are looked after by childminders. These interactive sessions, which take place on a weekly basis, are unique to Wilberforce College. They provide you with ‘hands-on’ experiences with a range of children of different ages and teach you the skills required to competently work in the early years sector.
If you think you will enjoy working with children and see yourself working with children and families in the future, this is an ideal course to start your career.
The course is assessed by a range of externally set assignments which are marked internally and two externally set exams.
Possible progress to the BTEC Level 3 National Certificate in Children’s Play, Learning and Development (Early Years Educator) programme or employment as an Early Years Practitioner following an apprenticeship in the following settings; private day-care, children’s centres or as a children’s holiday rep within the UK.
You will be required to complete 2-3 hours independent study working on homework or assignment tasks each week to enable you to be successful.
Apart from the usual materials needed to be a successful student you may wish to obtain a text book designed specifically for your course and/or a more general child development book.
Staff use a variety of methods such as presentations, group tasks, case studies and practical sessions to support your learning. A big emphasis is placed on reflecting on your own experiences as children.
…you want to work with babies and young children and are prepared to work hard to achieve this goal: