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Members of Department

Mrs F McGirr

Mrs A Kelly

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Children’s Play, Learning and Development

Size and structure:

Equivalent in size to one A Level – 4 units

3 units are mandatory and 2 are external

Mandatory content (83%)

External assessment (66%)

Learners must complete and achieve all units.

Child Doing Art Activity


Unit 1 – Children’s Development (mandatory and external)

Written examination - set and marked by Pearson – 1 hour 45 minutes – 90 marks


Unit 2 – Development of Children’s Communication, Literacy and Numeracy Skills (mandatory and external)

Task set and marked by Pearson and completed under supervised conditions. 

In Part A, learners will be provided with a case study of a centre two days before a supervised assessment period in order to carry out the research.

In Part B, the supervised assessment period is 3 hours in a period timetabled by Pearson – 68 marks


Unit 3 Play and Learning (Mandatory and Synoptic and internal)

This unit requires learners to apply learning from across the qualification to the completion of a defined vocational task


Plus, one optional unit (internal)


Work Placement Requirements:

Minimum Length 50 hours

Setting requirements – at least one setting, with children from birth to seven years 11 months


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