Course: BTEC Level 3 in Children’s Play, Learning and Development (Early Years Educator)

Department: Health and Social Care and Childcare

Type: 16+

Duration: One or two years

The Course

This is a placement-based programme, with students developing essential skills such as observation, assessment and problem solving. The focus is on developing the practical skills needed to work in the sector through work experience. You'll build your caring and communication skills, your confidence in working with young children and their families, your understanding of child development and your team-working skills.


A range of pathways are available, dependent on your qualifications.

  • One-year Extended Certificate
  • One-year Foundation Diploma
  • Two-year Diploma
  • Two-year Extended Diploma.

What You Study

  • Play and learning
  • Working with parents
  • Observation, assessment and planning
  • Physical care and health needs
  • Working with children with additional needs
  • Keeping children safe
  • English and Maths, as required.

Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs at grade 4 or C or equivalent, including English and Maths, or a relevant BTEC Level 2 / First Diploma or equivalent. A satisfactory reference and a clear Disclosing and Barring Service (DBS) check are also needed.

Jasmine Young

BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care

Jasmine knew she wanted to dedicate her life to helping others but wasn’t sure exactly how.

Her time studying Health and Social Care at the College College has given her a much better understanding of the areas available and she is now intent on working with primary school children or those suffering mental health issues.