The Level 3 Children’s Play, Learning and Development (Early Years Educator) BTEC National Extended Diploma will be studied over two years. During your first year you will enrol on and study the Level 3 Children’s Play, Learning and Development (Early Years Educator) BTEC National Foundation Diploma. This is a standalone one-year qualification. Upon successful completion of the first year, you can then progress and enrol to study the Level 3 Children’s Play, Learning and Development (Early Years Educator) BTEC National Extended Diploma, which is equivalent to three A levels.
On successful completion of the National Extended Diploma you will gain full Level 3 Early Years Educator status.
During the Level 3 Children’s Play, Learning and Development (Early Years Educator) BTEC National Foundation Diploma you will cover a range of core subjects and personal development subjects including:
During the Level 3 Children’s Play, Learning and Development (Early Years Educator) BTEC National Extended Diploma you will study the following mandatory units as well as a number of optional units:
The two year course also requires you to undertake 750 hours of work experience. You have to experience a minimum of 3 different placements settings and must spend a minimum of 100 hours in one placement for each other following age bands:
Up to 150 hours can be undertaken with children with additional needs in an older age group.
There will be educational visits throughout the year with an end of year trip of learners' choice this will be as part of enterprise activities. The department will support the trip, however a small contribution may be required.
A number of professional speakers and/or visitors will be incorporated into the course throughout the year.
The entry qualifications for the Level 3 Children’s Play, Learning and Development (Early Years Educator) BTEC National Extended Diploma are five GCSEs at grades 4 or above (Old GCSE grade C or above), including English and Maths as mandatory (or equivalent).
Those progressing from Level 2 will require a merit distinction profile.
If you are concerned about the above entry requirements an alternative course available is the Children's Play, Learning and Development BTEC First Certificate.
The Children’s Play, Learning and Development (Early Years Educator) BTEC National Extended Diploma will take you two years to complete. You will attend College for up to three days a week and in placement for two days.
You will be required to complete all course assignments in a timely manner and will be required to access further research to ensure breadth and depth of knowledge, therefore a commitment to study out of college is required. To help with this you will be introduced to study plans during induction.
The Children’s Play, Learning and Development (Early Years Educator) BTEC Diploma is free, if you are under the age of 19 on 31 August of the year you start the course.
For those aged 19+, this course will cost: £7395.
Year 1 (Foundation Diploma) - £2882.
Year 2 (Extended Diploma) - £4513.
You may be eligible to study this course for FREE should you be eligible under one of the following criteria:
Alternatively, you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with your College fees. If you progress to employment you won't have to pay anything back until you’re earning £27,295 per year. Your household income isn't taken into account and there's no credit check. Your eligibility depends on your course, nationality, and age. To find out more contact the College Information Line on 01205 313218.
International and EU Students, please contact the International Office on +44 (0)1205 313212 or email@example.com for details on fees.
Please note that all fees are subject to change.
Additional costs include purchasing your own books to support your studying, approx. £30.
Learning materials such as pens, folders, memory sticks etc. will also need to be provided by yourself, approx. £30.
There may be an opportunity to complete an Industry Placement alongside your main Level 3 course.
Industry placements give you the chance to put into practice what you have learned and you will have the opportunity to spend an average of 50 days working for an employer, in a role directly relevant to your course.
With an Industry Placement you will gain technical skills, be prepared for the world of work, and gain connections in order to secure a job after your course.
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An existing part time job may qualify as an Industry Placement if it meets the criteria set by the College.
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