Why Study Children’s Play, Learning and Development?

This is a well-recognised qualification for working with children. Students have the opportunity to train in a wide variety of work settings and follow up this practice with theory in the classroom. The Level 3 Extended Diploma is a full-time, two-year course which, including the work experience, is equivalent to three A Levels and will be assessed by coursework and external exams.

You will study a wide range of subjects within the course, looking at health and development of children as well as early education. The course is based around the requirements of the early years curriculum and you will be trained to use this, both to support your theory and your practice on placement.

The course is full-time and is made up of three days per week in College and structured work placements for the other two days. A portfolio of work is generated over the two years and students are assessed by both placement mentors and teaching staff, who will visit placements regularly.

Why study CPLD at Worcester Sixth Form College?

Our staff all have early years backgrounds either in health or education and therefore teach from experience and with a passion for this sector. Many units require the learning to be applied to placement settings and work will be carried out with children and assessed initially by placement mentors, this helps students to see that their learning has a real purpose. Visits from staff will further support students and students will have time to talk through their placement experiences and show the skills they have learnt.

Trips and visits are used to support classroom learning and these usually include specialist schools, Acorns Hospice, Forest schools and centres for children with additional or specialist needs.

Level 3 Paediatric First Aid is also studied by all students as this is a vital qualification for anyone working with children and a requirement for employment.

Progression Opportunities

The course gives students the license to practice as an early years practitioner but also the qualifications needed to go on to higher education. Additional training includes a Paediatric First Aid certificate.

Students typically go on to study Primary Teaching, Early Childhood Studies, Paediatric Nursing, Social Work and Additional Needs Courses. Each year, a number of students will go on to the prestigious Norland College in Bath.

Guest speakers are often invited to discuss progression opportunities either in employment or in higher education.

Carissa Palmeri

Carissa Palmeri

Children's Play Learning & Development - Dodderhill School
My interest in caring for children developed at school. I love their energy and imagination and decided I wanted to work with young children as my future career. Through studying CPLD I have gained many skills including how to support children with additional needs, differentiate activities and how to observe and monitor children’s progress. As part of this course, I have also completed over 750 hours of work experience. I have achieved this in nurseries, schools and additional needs placements. This has allowed me to gain practical experience and grow as a practitioner. I received great support throughout this course and would recommend it to anyone who has a passion for working with children. After College, I plan to go to Norland College where I will train to nanny for high profile families, learning skills such as skid pan driving and selfdefence as well as building on my knowledge and understanding of childcare.

Entry Requirements

Essential QualificationsOther Desirable Qualifications / CombinationsSkills & Attributes Required for SuccessGuidance on Costs or Commitments
Please see ‘General Course Entry Requirements’ GCSE English and Maths at grade 4 or above.Basic IT Skills. Communication Skills. Work independently. Organisational Skills. Ability to meet deadlines.DBS £47.80 Placement Insurance Check £20 Polo Shirts £10 Trips - variable.

Qualifications and Enrolment Options

Qualification NameA Level EquivalenceDurationAwarding Body
National Extended Diploma EYE3 A Levels (3 Blocks)2 yearsPearson BTEC

Our CPLD Alumni

alumni - Eleanor Rose

Eleanor Rose (2015-2017)

After achieving 3 Distinction*’s in my Level 3 Children’s Play Learning and Development, I went on to study a BA Honours degree in Early Years Learning and Development at the prestigious Norland College.
Whilst at Norland I was Head of my Year and was the student representative on the Norland Board of Directors. I finished my three years at Norland with a 2:1 classification. In September I start my dream job as a Norland Nanny in the Cotswolds.
I would not be where I am today without the belief which the teachers had in me at Worcester Sixth Form College. They encouraged and supported me to achieve my potential.

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