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Children’s Play, Learning and Development Level 3

Course Overview

Do you have a connection with children? Do you enjoy engaging with and supporting the children of our future? Our course will enable those aspiring to work with children to fulfil their potential. You will acquire the skills to support children’s learning and development for those aged from 0-8 years, through studying many different units during the 2 year programme, all of which will help you to develop an depth understanding of children’s learning, development and well being. This course is a platform from which you can continue on a career into Eraly Years, whether it is to go straight into an Early Years position upon completeion of your second year, or to continue your education and progress onto highter education.

What topics are covered?

The course consists of 18 units of academic study and a minimum of 800 hours of supervised professional practice with children.


Units of study may include:


  • Positive Relationships for Children’s Care, Learning and Development
  • Positive Environments for Children’s Care, Learning and Development
  • Promoting Children’s Development
  • Reflecting on and Developing Practice for Children aged 0-8 (double unit)
  • Protecting Children
  • Promoting Children’s Rights
  • Children’s Learning Activities and Play
  • Promoting Well being and resilience in children
  • Promoting Well-being and Resilience in Children
  • Diet and Nutrition for Children
  • The Impact of Social Policy on Children’s Care, Learning and Development
  • Psychological Perspectives on Behaviour
  • Managing an Early Years or Playwork Environment
  • Supporting Children’s Literacy Skills
  • Modern Beliefs and Religions for the Early Years Practitioner
  • Meeting Additional Requirements for Children’s Care, Learning and Development
  • The development and care of babies and children under 3 years


As a full-time student at Bath College, you will follow a study programme consisting of a vocational diploma, maths and English, employability skills, volunteering and tutorial. Please visit our Study Programmes page for details.

Who is the course aimed at?

This course is most suited for people aged 16-18 who are just starting (out on their) vocational learning.

What are the entry requirements?

Five full GCSE’s at grade C/4 or above, including English language and maths; or a BTEC First Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development at merit with English Language and maths at grade C/4 or above and an interview.


You will also need to clear a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check after successful enrolment onto the course. Please download this document for more information.

What qualifications will I gain?

BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

Who is the awarding body?


How will I learn?

There will be classroom-based sessions and 800 hours of practical experience in four different types of childcare settings.

What hours will I be in college?

Usually three to four days in College and two days in placement each week.

How will I be assessed?

There will be continuous assessment by coursework and assessment of competence in practice.

What can I do after this course?

Progress to an undergraduate course in childcare or children’ s education or a general childhood studies degree programme
Career options include work in a nursery or a range of childcare settings

Are there any additional costs?

Resources fee
A polo shirt to wear in practice
Disclosure and Barring Service check
Two recommended course text books at approximately £20 each
Travelling to and from placements

What funding is available?

If you are aged 19 or over you may be eligible to apply for a 19+ Advanced Learning Loan to cover your tuition fees.

For other funding information, please refer to our Funding page.

Which department is this course in?

Sport, Leisure and Care

Where will I need to go on my first day?

On your first day, please report to the Reception in the Roper Building at City Centre Campus.

What else do I need to know?

BTEC National Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development is recognised to be the equivalent of 3 academic A levels. The professional practice unit also attracts UCAS points.
This course is most suited for people aged 16-18 and may also meet the needs of mature students up to 25 years.

Where can I find out more information?

For advice or more details please telephone 01225 312191 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk. You may also visit our Student Advice Centre.

If you have a learning difficulty or disability, please contact Additional Learning Support to arrange additional help.

How do I apply?

Online: Click the "Apply" button and fill out an online application form.

By post: download the Full-Time Application Form and send to Student Advice Centre, Bath College, Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP.

In person: Visit the Student Advice Centre in either of our campuses

To find out more about the application process, please go to the How to Apply page.


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