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BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Children’s Play, Learning & Development

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Children’s Play, Learning & Development

Staff, Teaching & Learning

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Code: 601/7569/2

A great first step towards a professional career with children is the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Children’s Play, Learning & Development. This newly redeveloped qualification is a fantastic alternative to A-level and has been designed alongside children’s sector employers and UK universities to be a stepping stone into degree courses and professional careers working with children.


This qualification, equivalent to 1 A-level for university entry and stretching over two years at St Ambrose Barlow 6th Form College, will combine with a suitable choice of A-level subjects to enable you to gain university entry to work towards a career in a number of environments. This could include, for example, degrees in primary education (teaching), childhood studies, paediatric nursing or social work. It will also help you gain access to various childcare roles within the sector, such as within day care nurseries.


Course assessment includes external exams for some subjects, with other subjects being assessed through coursework. You will also be required to gain work experience within childcare settings, and these will be arranged for you as part of the course. You will study the following four core subjects in college:

  • Children’s Development
  • Development of Children’s Communication, Literacy & Numeracy
  • Play & Learning
  • Children’s Physical Development, Care & Health Needs

Entry Requirements

Your abilities in English and Maths will be stretched by the demands of the examination and coursework requirements. It is important that you have achieved 5 or more GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Maths. You will also need maturity, dedication, commitment and the ability to consistently meet deadlines to succeed. It is not necessary to have studied CPLD/Child Development previously, but where studied at GCSE/BTEC Level 2 you should have achieved a minimum of grade B/Merit or equivalent in both the examined and the controlled assessment aspects of this course (or any similar such course you may have studied, such as Health & Social Care).

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