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Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Childrens Care, Learning and Development


Level 3


This course will provide learners with the necessary knowledge and skills needed to pursue a rewarding career, working with children. Highly qualified and experienced staff will create exciting yet challenging learning environments to fully support learners and help them to work to their full potential. On successful completion of the programme, learners will also achieve qualified practitioner status to enable them to work with the 0-8 age group.


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Course Content

Learners will experience a mix of classroom based learning and work placement. They will be guided through the relevant childcare theory and be given opportunities to develop core skills needed by employers such as good communication and teamwork. Learners will also complete 800 hours of work placement in four different childcare settings, enabling them to put the theory into practice and experience a range of childcare pathways that may be taken. A range of core and specialist subjects will be studied. Specialist subjects have been carefully selected to reflect the needs of employers. Examples of modules of study include: Promoting Children's Development; Safeguarding Children; Children's Learning Activities and Play; Supporting Children's Literacy.

Assessment Method

Learners will be assessed through a variety of methods including direct observation of practice on placement, written assignments, oral presentations, posters and leaflets, oral discussions and group activities.

Progression Opportunities

With the qualified practitioner status, learners can progress straight into employment in a childcare setting such as a Pre-school, Nursery, Creche or Primary School. They can also progress to a higher level programme within South West College such as the Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies or the HND in Health and Social Care. Alternatively, learners can progress onto a degree programme in a local or national university.

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Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs at Grade C or above (or equivalent). Preference will be given to those that have GCSE English and Maths or equivalent. All learners are required to attend an interview prior to being offered a place on the programme. Learners must complete an Access NI check.

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Course Costs

Total Fee Session dependent
Reduced Fee Session dependent

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Below are the sessions that are available for this course.

Campus: Dungannon
Week Starting: 03 September 2018
Places Available: 25
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Campus: Enniskillen
Week Starting: 03 September 2018
Places Available: 25
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