The ‘BTEC First Award in Children’s Play, Learning and Development’ is a new, exciting course being offered. The course is a vocational qualification with an aim to:
Inspire and enthuse learners to consider a career in early years, or related sectors, where knowledge of child development is relevant
Give learners the opportunity to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of, and develop skills in, the early years sector, for example, of child development and using play to promote child development
Give learners the potential opportunity, in due course, to enter employment.
The course consists of the following three units:
Patterns of Child Development
Promoting Children’s Development Through Pla
The Principles of Early Years Practice
All students will complete the unit, ‘Patterns of Child Development’ which is externally assessed in a written 1 hour exam. Edexcel sets and marks the test, which is taken by the learner under examination conditions.
Each other unit is broken into a specified amount of tasks, which target different learning aims. Tasks will be submitted on a specified hand in date, marked internally and returned to students with a grade of a Level 1 Pass, Level 2 Pass (GCSE ‘C’ grade), Merit (GCSE ‘B’ grade) or Distinction (GCSE ‘A’ grade).
Why study this subject?
If you are interested in studying a subject at GCSE, which involves only 1 exam, the majority of the work is written coursework and you would like a career in this area then this could be the course for you!
The BTEC Level1/2 First Award in Children’s Play, Learning and Development provides the knowledge, understanding and skills for Level 2 learners to progress to:
· Other level 2 vocational qualifications
· Level 3 vocational qualifications, such as the BTEC Nationals in Children’s Play, Learning and Development, or the BTEC Nationals in other sectors, such as in health and social care
· Related academic qualifications
· Apprenticeships within the early years and health and social care sectors.