Curriculum

Children’s Play, Learning & Development (BTEC First Award)

Key Stage 4

Information

Children’s Play, Learning & Development (CPLD) is a vocational option subject which is the equivalent of one GCSE. Students choose this option if they have an interest in working with children and are interested in all areas of child development.

Students have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of expected development in key areas such as Fine motor; Gross Motor; Cognitive; Communication and Language; Emotional and behavioural; and Social development.  They will learn about how adults should support children’s development at 0-2 years; 2-5 years; and 5-8 years, including an in depth look at how to do this through play.  They will then begin to consider the role of the practitioner in a childcare setting in terms of promoting equality, celebrating diversity and ensuring inclusive practice.

The knowledge acquired will support students in further study at Level 3/A Level in the subject areas of Childcare & Education; Health & Social Care; Psychology and Sociology.

Units covered in Year 9 include:

Unit 1 Patterns of Child Development – This will be assessed by an external exam in Year 11

Units covered in Year 10 include:

Unit 1 Patterns of Child Development

Unit 2: Promoting Children’s Development through Play – This will be assessed by the completion of 3 pieces of coursework in Year 10

Units covered in Year 11 include:

Unit 1 Patterns of Child Development – Students will take their exam in January

Unit 3: The Principles of Early Years Practice – This will be assessed by the completion of 4 pieces of coursework in Year 11

Examination Board

Pearson/Edexcel

Grading

Students will achieve a Pass, Merit or Distinction Grade for each Unit.  To gain a Pass, they must achieve all the pass criteria in that unit; To gain a Merit, they must achieve all the Pass criteria and all the Merit criteria in that unit; To gain a Distinction, they must achieve all the Pass, Merit and Distinction criteria in that unit.

The grade they achieve in each unit, earns a set number of points (see below).

Units

Level 1 Pass

Level 2

Pass

Level 2

Merit

Level 2 Distinction

Unit 1: Patterns of Child Development

6

12

18

24

Unit 2: Promoting Children’s Development Through Play

6

12

18

24

Unit 3: The Principles of Early Years Practice

12

24

36

48

When these points are added together it will give students an overall grade of Level 1 Pass; Level 2 Pass; Level 2 Merit; Level 2 Distinction; or Level 2 Distinction*

Points

24

48

66

84

90

Grade

Level 1

Pass

Level 2

Pass

Level 2

Merit

Level 2

Distinction

Level 2 Distinction *

Unit 1 contributes to 25% of the overall grade; Unit 2 contributes to 25% of the overall grade; Unit 3 contributes to 50% of the overall grade.

To gain a Level 2 qualification, students must achieve a minimum of 24 points across Unit 1 and 2

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Award in Child Development and Care

KEY STAGE 5

YEAR 12 – One Year Course Only

Information

This qualification provides the opportunity to gain a vocational qualification that gives a basic introduction to the sector. It includes the knowledge and understanding of child development and well-being necessary for working with children in a variety of settings. It is aimed at individuals who wish to be introduced to childcare and development for children aged 0-5 years.

This is for students who need to re-sit their GCSE in Maths and English, and are still working towards achieving 5 GCSE’s. It will support them in moving onto a higher level of study in Year 13.

Units covered:

This qualification consists of 3 units: two graded A*- D assessed by a graded Assessment Task. You must achieve three units: 

Unit 1: An Introduction to Working with Children aged 0-5 years – This will be assessed by completion of an assessment task.

Unit 2: Development and Well-being 0-5 years - – This will be assessed by completion of an assessment task.

Unit 3: Child Care and Development 0-5 years – This will be assessed externally and involves students completing a multiple choice question paper.

Examination Board

CACHE

Grading

Unit 1 and 2 are graded A*-D.  Each unit grade achieves a set number of points (see below):

  CC table 1

When these points are added together it will give students an overall grade of D, C, B, A or A*

CC table 2

Students must achieve each unit.

CACHE Level 3 Technical Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator)

KEY STAGE 5

This is a full time course, delivered over two years.

Information

This qualification will show that you have been trained to the highest of standards, equipping you with the best early years training available. This qualification will provide you with the license to practice and the status of being an Early Years Educator.

This qualification prepares you to work unsupervised or in a supervisory capacity, with children and their families in a variety of settings, with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years.

To enrol on this course, students will need to have achieved 5 GCSE’s at grade C/4 or above, including English and Mathematics

Units covered in the first year of the course

Unit 1: Child Development from Conception to Seven Years – This will be assessed through completion of a variety of set tasks using different assessment methods

Unit 2: Children's health and well-being – This will be assessed through completion of a variety of set tasks using different assessment methods

Unit 3: Providing safe environments for children – This will be assessed through completion of a variety of set tasks using different assessment methods

Unit 4: Child health – This will be assessed through completion of a variety of set tasks using different assessment methods

Unit 5: Play and learning – This will be assessed through completion of a variety of set tasks using different assessment methods

Unit 6: Understanding children's additional needs – This will be assessed through completion of a variety of set tasks using different assessment methods

Unit 7: Observation, assessment and planning – This will be assessed through completion of a variety of set tasks using different assessment methods

Unit 16: Professional Practice Portfolio – This is assessed through demonstration in and reflection on work experience

CCE1 DCE2 – This is an externally assessed and set synoptic assessment covering the units 1-7.  This takes place in April/May

Units covered in the second year of the course

Unit 9: Supporting emergent literacy – This will be assessed through completion of a variety of set tasks using different assessment methods

Unit 10: Supporting emergent mathematics – This will be assessed through completion of a variety of set tasks using different assessment methods

Unit 11: Preparing for school readiness – This will be assessed through completion of a variety of set tasks using different assessment methods

Unit 12: International perspectives – This will be assessed through completion of a variety of set tasks using different assessment methods

Unit 13: Reflective practice for professional development – This will be assessed through completion of a variety of set tasks using different assessment methods

Unit 14: Professional partnerships in early years – This will be assessed through completion of a variety of set tasks using different assessment methods

Unit 16: Professional Practice Portfolio Unit 16: Professional Practice Portfolio – This is assessed through demonstration in and reflection on work experience

DCE2 – This is an externally assessed and set synoptic assessment covering the units 9-14. This takes place in April/May

Work Experience:

In addition to timetabled lessons, students complete 2 days each week in a placement in a variety of Early Year's settings.  This is required to achieve this qualification, where students must complete 750 hours of work experience which cover the following age ranges:

Age Range

Number of hours

0–1 year 11 months

50

2–2 years 11 months

260

3–5 years

340

Specialised placement such as 5-7 years

100

Examination Board:

CACHE

Grading:

Units are graded A*-D.  Each unit grade achieves a set number of points (see below):

CC table 3

When these points are added together it will give students an overall grade of D, C, B, A or A* - see below.  This overall grade equates to tariff points which are used as an entry requirement to access higher education courses at universities.

CC table 4