Children's Play, Learning & Development

BTEC Level 2

Children’s Play, Learning & Development

Why should I study this course?

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.

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 year’s 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.

On completion of this course you may be able to 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.

This short presentation from CPLD teacher Christine Philipson, explains more about our courses, the grades you need, the opportunities the course provides for further study or careers, the trips and visits we offer, and one student's journey from studying CPLD at Wilberforce to becoming a Primary School teacher.

What will I study?

You will learn about all aspects of children's care, development and education from 0 to 8 years old.  You will discover how children develop and learn from their world through play-based experiences.  You will explore the role of the Early Years Practitioner in supporting children's development in early years settings. 

Examination board


How is the course assessed?

A combination of examination and coursework.

What will the course prepare me for?

These skills will prepare you to study a Level 3 course in Early Years or Health & Social Care, or to start work in childcare.

Private study

You will be required to complete 4-5 hours independent study working on homework or assignment tasks each week to enable you to be successful. This may be on assignments or placement-related work.

What materials will I need to provide?

How will I be taught?

Staff use a variety of methods such as presentations, group tasks, case studies and practical sessions to support your learning. 

This course is for you if...

you want to work in childcare or would like to progress to the Level 3 course.

Your application starts here

What are the course requirements?

A minimum of two grade 3 (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 for you to speak with an experienced subject counsellor who will help you choose a course programme that best suits your ambitions and achievements.  All entry requirement details are correct at the time of publication, however, the College may need to make some changes in the light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College's control.

What skills do I need?

  • A passion for working with children
  • Effective communication skills
  • A willingness to work as part of a team
  • Excellent attendance and punctuality
  • Patience and a caring nature
  • Ability to meet deadlines