Head of Department
4 or more grades 4-9.
Additional entry requirement: Grade 4+ in a literate subject.
A literate subject includes any GCSE English qualification or any other GCSE essay-based subject, such as History, Geography or Sociology (these are not exclusive).
A numerate subject includes GCSE Maths or ANY GCSE Science course. If students are doing double Science, then just one of the grades being at 4 will be sufficient.
A GCSE grade of 4 and above in the relevant subject will supersede either of the above criteria.
2 examined units and 2 internally assessed units (coursework).
Children's Play, Learning & Development
Level 3 Vocational – Equivalent to 1 A Level
Working with children is a fun, rewarding and exciting career with the potential to change lives. This course will help you develop the appropriate experience, skills, and knowledge you need to work with children. The course looks into child development and the relevant theories that support curriculum and learning plans. In addition, the course provides clear progression into higher education or employment. You will also participate in 2 weeks of work experience where you put what you learn into practice.
What skills will I develop?
· You will gain the knowledge and experience of working with children.
· You will learn more about the specific development of children, their health & wellbeing needs as well as how to provide a safe environment for children to learn in.
· You will learn appropriate curriculums and planning activities for children.
· You will gain knowledge and experience of children’s play and the impact it has on development.
What topics will I study?
- Unit 1: Children’s development
- Unit 2: Development of children’s communication, literacy, and numeracy skills
- Unit 3: Play and learning
- Unit 5: Keeping children safe
Where does the course lead?
For those interested in working with young children it can provide you with the knowledge to progress into career opportunities such as nursery care, teaching and other related services, as well as degree opportunities in related courses.
Studying this course will not give you license to practise. Please be aware that if you are planning to study Childcare for going into teaching, nursing or midwifery you will need to have a 4 in science. Please check University course conditions if you are unsure.