St John Plessington Catholic College

 

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Head of Department:

Mrs A Austin 

Specification:

Pearson

Qualification:

BTEC Level 2 Tech Award in Child Development 

Programme of study

Throughout the course you will learn some of the main values that are used by early years practitioners and how they are applied within early years settings.
You will understand how a child develops from birth to five years and how patterns of development emerge. You will also learn how practitioners use play to create a learning environment and the role of specialist workers in meeting the needs of a child.

Component 1: Children’s Growth & Development (Assignment)

You will investigate the factors affecting growth and development of children from birth to five years old. You will develop your knowledge and understanding of children’s growth and development across five areas of development - physical, intellectual and cognitive, communication and language, social and emotional. You will explore the different patterns of development and the professionals who are responsible for monitoring the development of children.

Component 2: Learning through Play (Assignment)

You will develop an understanding of how play activities can influence children’s learning between the ages of birth and five years old. You will consider the different types of play in which children engage, and how activities can support children’s learning and progress across the five areas of development.

Component 3: Supporting Children to Play, Learn & Develop. (Exam)

You will investigate how a child learns and develops and how to adapt activities to support the inclusion of all children in play. You will look at some of the ways children’s individual circumstances can affect how they learn and develop, compared to their peers. This can include a sensory impairment, restricted movements or a delay in development. You will also investigate the role of an adult in making sure that all children are safe when engaging in play activities.

How is the course structured and assessed?  

The BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Child Development is run over two years and content is broken down into components. Assignments and the exam are graded from Pass (level 4), Merit (level 5.5), Distinction (level 7) and Distinction* (level 8.5).

The qualification consists of three components that give you the opportunity to explore how children develop from 0-5 years, as well as develop key skills and gain an insight into the sector. Two of the units are internally assessed and externally moderated. One of the units is exam based and is externally assessed. In order to be awarded a qualification, a learner must complete and achieve an outcome for all three components. The overall grade is a direct aggregation of performance across individual components, with each component weighted according to the GLH.

What can these qualifications lead to? 

This course is ideal preparation for progression to more detailed study of Early Years, or Health & Social Care such as an A Level course or a BTEC National qualification (level 3). The course can lead to working or training in a specialised area within Early Years fields.