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Key Stage 4

Through a combination of practical experience and written assignments, this BTEC first course provides learners with the knowledge, skills and understanding needed for a career in the child care sector.  The course gives students the opportunity to develop a range of personal skills and techniques, through a selection of units that are essential for successful performance in working life.

Assessment: The course consists of 1 examined unit (worth 25% of overall grade) and 2 internally assessed assignments (worth 75% of overall grade).  Each internally assessed unit has specific assessment criteria that must be met in order to arrive at a grading decision for the unit as a whole.  A final unit grade is awarded after all opportunities for achievement are given.  Students must achieve all the assessment criteria for that grade. Therefore to achieve a Level 2 Distinction a learner must have satisfied all the Distinction criteria in a way that encompasses all the Level 2 Pass, Merit and Distinction criteria, providing evidence of performance of outstanding depth, quality or application.

Promoting children’s development through play is worth 25% of overall grade and the principles of early years practice is worth 50% of overall grade.

Overview of topics being studied

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10

Patterns of child development (external)
Promoting children’s development through play (internal)

Patterns of child development
Promoting children’s development through play

Promoting children’s development through play
Work experience within the child care sector

11 The principles of early years practice The principles of early years practice Exam practice