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Children’s Play, Learning and Development (Early Years Educator) BTEC National Extended Diploma Level 3

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    Full Time

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    Two years

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    Boston

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    September 2019

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The Level 3 Children’s Play, Learning and Development (Early Years Educator) BTEC National Extended Diploma is a two year course. During your first year you will study the Level 3 Children’s Play, Learning and Development (Early Years Educator) BTEC National Foundation Diploma, which is equivalent to three AS levels. Upon successful completion of the first year, you will then progress on to the Level 3 Children’s Play, Learning and Development (Early Years Educator) BTEC National Extended Diploma. On completion of the National Extended Diploma you will gain full Level 3 Early Years Educator status.

What will I do?

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:

  • Child development
  • Communication, literacy and numeracy
  • Play and learning
  • Keeping children safe
  • Physical development care and health needs
  • Children’s personal, social and emotional development
  • Working with parents and other in early years
  • The early years foundation stage

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:

  • Enquiries into current research
  • Observation assessment and planning
  • Reflective practice assignment
  • Early years foundation stage

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:

  • Birth up to 1 year 11 months in a nursery or in home-based care
  • 2 years up to 4 years 11 months in a nursery, pre-school or home-based care
  • 5 years up to 7 years 11 months with children who are in a classroom setting

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 C or above (New GCSE grade 4 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 National Foundation 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:
Year 1 (Foundation Diploma) - £2882
Year 2 (Extended Diploma) - £TBC

If you are aged 19-23, fee remission may apply depending on personal circumstances, please enquire with the Registry Department for further information on 01205 365701.

Aged 19+?
If you are aged 19 years or over on the 1st day of your course, 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 £21,000 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 enquiry@boston.ac.uk for details on fees.

Fees may vary depending on personal circumstances, please enquire for further information.

Please note that all fees are subject to change.

The Children’s Play, Learning and Development (Early Years Educator) BTEC National Foundation Diploma is 50% practical and 50% theory. You will be assessed in a variety of ways such as coursework displays, presentations, group work and exams etc.

On successful completion of the National Extended Diploma you could progress onto higher education or a variety of roles within the Early Years sector.

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.

You may be eligible for financial assistance through the College's Bursary scheme and Be Brilliant Foundation.

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.

What will I gain?

  • Build your confidence, self-reliance and independence in the workplace.
  • Enhance the learning from your college course.
  • Develop your experience and expand your CV.
  • Give yourself a head start in knowing what type of job you may want to go into after finishing your course.
  • May lead to further opportunities such as paid employment or an apprenticeship on completion of your course.
  • Take a step forward professionally, knowing the behaviours expected in the workplace.

What will I do?

  • You will take part in an average of 50 days placement in a role that is directly relevant to your course, in an external organisation.
  • You will develop the practical and technical skills required for your profession/trade.
  • You will develop employability skills such as communication, teamwork and time management.

An existing part time job may qualify as an Industry Placement if it meets the criteria set by the College.

For more information regarding Industry Placements please contact the Enterprise Zone: enterprise@boston.ac.uk or call 01205 365701 ext: 3226/3227

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If you live outside of the UK and would like to apply for this course, please complete the International Enquiry Form.

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