Course Type BTEC National Extended Certificate Full/Part Time Full
Subject Children’s Play, Learning & Development Start Date Sept 2017
Level 3 Award Body Pearsons


Course Introduction:

This Course is designed for students who want to work in the Early Years Sector. BTEC’s are vocationally related qualifications where learners develop knowledge and understanding, applying their learning and skills in work related contexts.



This is a two-year, full-time course that meets entry requirements in its own right for learners who want to progress to employment in early years educator roles. This qualification has been designed to support progression to relevant occupational areas and sector-related courses in higher education. These qualifications give underpinning knowledge of child development and related theories. By completing this course you will gain a broad understanding and knowledge of the early years, develop essential skills such as observation, assessment skills and reflective practice skills.

A compulsory part of the course will be a once a week work placement throughout the 2 year course, so that you can put theory into practice.


Course Suitable For:

This qualification is for those with an interest in progressing a career as an early years educator, for example as a nursery worker, childminder or nanny. It is also appropriate for those who wish to progress to higher education to specialise in a related field and also for anyone who has an interest in working in the early year’s sector.


Preferable Entry Requirements

Grades  in accordance with the 6th form entry requirements. (See Information & Course Guide)


Why Study?

This Course is designed for students who want to work in the Early Years Sector. BTEC’s are vocationally, related qualifications where learners develop knowledge and understanding by applying their learning and skills in work related contexts.


Progression Opportunities:

The qualification is a license to practice in the early year’s sector. Roles include:

  • Early year’s educator
  • Nanny
  • Childminder.

Why Grace Academy?

Why not! Come and learn a new subject in a place that you are familiar with, in surroundings that you are aware of and with teachers who you know, that are willing to help you and support you through your next educational journey.



Learners taking this qualification will study eleven mandatory units which cover the following topics:

  • Children’s development
  • Development of children’s communication, literacy and numeracy skills.
  • Play and learning
  • Keeping children safe


All learners taking this qualification will be required to engage with sector employers as part of their course. This includes 50 hours of mandatory work experience, and production of a Practical Evidence Portfolio (PEP).


Assessment Methods:

Learners will study 4 units of which 3 are Mandatory and 2 are external.


Support Provided:

Our Teaching and Learning Strategy is at the core of our approach to students and their learning. We aim to provide a learning community where students achieve excellence and achievement is celebrated. We want you to enjoy your time at the academy and to be successful.


You will need to monitor your own progress. We want you to become self-critical and to think about how you can improve and you will be expected you to work hard and productively. Being present in the academy for as long as it is necessary for you to meet your targets and succeed in your learning. A DBS may be required to ensure you are a suitable candidate for the course.


Course Application:

Contact the Post 16 Manager on 0121 329 4630 or email on juliebaker@graceacademy.org.uk

Register your interest in your chosen courses and an application form will be sent out to you. All applicants are interviewed and conditional offers are made subject to suitability of the course.


Please note all courses on offer are subject to the minimum uptake for viability.