Children's Play, Learning and Development Level 3 Extended Diploma

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Full Time - September 2022



Course introduction

If you want to establish or advance your career as an early years educator and/or progress into higher education, then this is the ideal learning opportunity for you.

Early years education is a dynamic and ever-changing field offering great prospects for job satisfaction in the areas of early childhood, education, play and learning.

Educators have influence over policy, legislation and curriculum design, helping to shape the future for young children. This makes it a very responsible job.

By studying for two years full-time on this course you could make a real difference to the way children develop.

Why choose Brock for Children's Play, Learning and Development Level 3 Extended Diploma?

At Brock you will be taught by a highly qualified team who have substantial experience in the field of Early Years education. Indeed, many of our teachers hold higher level degrees with subject specialisms such as outdoor play and safeguarding for children.

Importantly, we have been recognised for our excellence in teaching by Pearson Edexcel.  We also deliver quality degree courses in partnership with the University of Chichester.

Teaching & learning

During your studies you will benefit from modern teaching methods such as blended learning and flipped learning.

Computer technology will play a leading role in enhancing your academic and practical skills. Meanwhile, other learning initiatives include: class debates, peers reviews and engagement with clinical research.

Your work placement is a key component of the course and will bring greater meaning to your classroom learning. It will also give you valuable experience.

Course structure

  • Study the development of children’s communication, literacy and numeracy skills.
  • Examine in detail how play is related to learning, giving you important insights that will help you progress.
  • Look at current research into early years education to discover the latest findings on best practice.
  • Learn important rules about keeping children safe at all times.
  • Examine issues related to children’s personal, social and emotional development.
  • Understand how to work with parents effectively, helping both you and them.
  • Participate in observation, assessment and planning, helping you develop your skills of analysis.

Minimum entry requirements

Four GCSEs at grade 4 and above to include:

  • English Language
  • Maths

You must have undertaken work experience for five days in an early years setting/environment.

Please note, if you wish to progress to a teaching degree you will need to have achieved a GCSE 4 in Maths, English Language and Science.

What can I do with this qualification?

This qualification can open doors to a wealth of rewarding opportunities. For example, it is internationally recognised so could facilitate any ambitions you have to travel.

Furthermore, this course can represent the key to gaining a university place to study subjects like primary teaching and social work.

In addition, you can use your qualification to gain special recognition like Forest and Beach School practitioner status. Alternatively, you could undertake further training with Norland Nannies, for example.

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