Children's Play, Learning and Development (Extended Diploma)

Extended Diploma (Level 3)




This course prepares you to become a professional Early Years Educator and enables you to work with children from birth to five years of age. This courses sets the standards that all early years practitioners must have in order to ensure you are able to support and promote children's early education and development, as well as ensuring they are kept safe and healthy.



33% Exam / 77% Coursework

Duration: 2 years
Entry requirements:

A minimum of four grades 9-4 (equivalent to A--C), including English and Maths at grade 4 and grade 4 in GCSE Science or a Merit in Level 2 Science BTEC and a Merit in Level 2 Health & Social Care BTEC if taken

Exam board: Pearson

Textbooks £50, DBS check (currently £56) and travel to placements

Programme leader:

Swapna Jare

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Career options may include roles in nurseries, pre-schools, schools, special needs care and hospitals.

Higher education

This course is an accepted qualification for entry into professional training or university, with students going on to study subjects including teaching, speech and language therapy, counselling, children’s nursing, early childhood studies and psychology.

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