The Level 2 Children’s Care, Learning and Development BTEC First Diploma will cover aspects of knowledge, understanding and competency necessary for employment within the early year’s sector.
Successful completion will result in ‘assistant practitioner status’ (covering 0-8 years), this allows you to undertake work in a supervised capacity within an early year’s environment (0–16 years).
During the Level 2 Children’s Care, Learning and Development BTEC First Diploma you will study five core units plus one specialist unit.
Core units include:
The specialist unit you will study is
* This unit requires 30 hours of work placement to be completed
** This unit requires a further 30 hours of work placement to be completed
*** This unit requires a further 240 hours of work placement to be completed
In total 300 work placement hours must be completed over the academic year. There will be three work placements in a variety of settings including nurseries, preschools, children's centres and schools.
There will be educational visits throughout the year with an end of year trip of learner’s choice, this will be planned by learners as part of Enterprise activities. The department will support with trips however learners will be expected to make a contribution.
A variety of guest speakers will be invited in throughout the course these including nursery, preschool, children’s centres and school sector specialists.
If you have a Grade 2 or below in English or maths, you can study towards either a PASS in Functional Skills Level 2 or a GCSE grade 4-9. Once you have achieved either qualification, you will not be required to undertake any further English or maths.
Full time 16-19 learner with a Grade 3, must study towards a GCSE grade 4-9.
The entry qualifications for the Level 2 Children’s Care, Learning and Development BTEC First Diploma are one GCSE at grade C or above (New GCSE grade 4 or above), preferably in English and Maths and two GCSEs at grades D or above (New GCSE grade 3 or above) or equivalent. Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Maths.
If you are worried about meeting the entry qualifications an alternative course is the 'Children's Play, Learning and Development First Certificate Level 2'
The Children’s Care, Learning and Development BTEC First Diploma will take you one year to complete. You will attend College for three days a week and two days a week on placement.
There will be a requirement to study outside of College to complete assignments, research and set home study.
The Children’s Care, Learning and Development BTEC First Diploma is free, if you are under the age of 19 on 31 August of the year you start the course.
If you are aged 19+, this course will cost £1200.
If full course payment is made on the first day of the course a discount may apply.
Fee remission may apply depending on personal circumstances, please enquire with the Registry Department for further information on 01205 365701.
Please note that all fees are subject to change.
The Children’s Care, Learning and Development BTEC First Diploma is 40% practical and 60% theory.
All units will be assessed through set assignments. Some will also require practical assessment in work placement. Assignments will be graded at pass, merit or distinction.
Successful completion of the Level 2 Children’s Care, Learning and Development BTEC First Diploma can lead onto a higher level course such as the 'Children's Play, Learning and Development BTEC National Extended Diploma or Foundation Diploma Level 3, an Apprenticeship or employment.
Additional costs include purchasing books at approximately £20. There will also be a contribution to trips.
You may be eligible for financial assistance through the College's Bursary scheme and Be Brilliant Foundation.
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