Child Development

These courses will give students an opportunity to gain a broad knowledge and develop skills in the early years sector. Students apply their learning through practical activities found in the workplace. Learning will be enhanced through visits to local early years settings, visits by guest speakers and links with employers making the course relevant to specific needs. 

Students in Year 10 and 11 study Level 1/Level2 Edexcel BTEC Award in Children’s Play, Learning and Development.

Students study the following units:

  1. Patterns of Child Development.
  2. Promoting Children’s Development Through Play. 
  3. The Principles of Early Years Practice.

Unit 1 is assessed externally using an examination marked by Edexcel. Units 2 and 3 are assessed internally and students are required to submit evidence of knowledge through assignments.

Students in year 9 study the new Edexcel BTEC Level1 /Level 2 Tech Award in Child Development.

The qualification covers:

Component 1: Children’s Growth and Development.

Component 2: Learning through play.

Component 3: Supporting Children to Play, Learn and Develop.

Components 1 and 2 are internally assessed and will focus on core knowledge of the key features of children’s growth and development as well as using play opportunities to benefit children’s learning and development.

Component 3 is assessed through a a single external assessment. It builds on the knowledge gained in components 1 and 2.

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