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


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


BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care


BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care


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Health, Care & Early Years Courses 

Professionals in Health and Social Care make an invaluable contribution to the welfare of society and gain a huge amount of pleasure and satisfaction from their work. If you seek a fulfilling and challenging career, then John Ruskin College’s Health, Care and Early Years Department offers all you need to gain the qualifications to succeed.

In our society children are high on the Government’s agenda with the aim that every child, whatever their background or circumstances, has the support they need to have the best start in life. If you are seeking a rewarding career in child care then the BTEC in Children’s Play, Learning and Development is for you.

Within the Healthcare field the department reviews its courses annually to ensure we meet industry standards in all aspects of teaching and learning. In recent years we have worked closely with social workers, medical and nursing universities and (under their advice and guidance) specifically offer the BTEC Health and Social Care ‘Health Sciences’ pathway in order to ensure students can progress to careers in Nursing and Social Work and have the necessary skills for employment.

The Health, Care and Early Years Department was rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in October 2013 and was recognised for the excellent teaching and learning that takes place. Industry standard facilities including a simulated nursery and new state of the art classrooms have further cemented the Department’s standing as one of the top Health, Care and Early Years providers in the South London area.

What opportunities are open to you as a Health and Social Care or Early Years student?

The Health and Social Care and Early Years sector offers employment opportunities to approximately two million people, with most students entering work or HE immediately after completing their programme of study. Examples are as follows: Nanny, nursery practitioners, child nursing, learning mentors or teaching, care workers, manager of care provisions, youth work, nursing, midwifery or social work.

Higher Education links:

  • Visits to Higher Education providers
  • Bridging courses to Higher Education
  • Progression agreements and links with Higher Education providers for progression to nursing programmes and social work
  • Visits from Higher Education providers to assist with UCAS applications

Employer Links:

  • Local children’s centres
  • Residential block placements with Vitalise (a national charity providing short breaks (respite care) for those with disabilities and their carers
  • Opportunity for hospital placements
  • Visits to professional exhibitions and conferences
  • Guest speakers
  • A range of placements, for example, nurseries, residential homes, youth work, respite centres, schools, pharmacies, alternative medical provision (such as complementary centres), day nurseries and special educational needs providers

Professional Competencies needed for these courses:

  • Empathy for others
  • Compassion for others
  • Ability to show respect and honesty towards others
  • Responsibility for own behaviour
  • Effective Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication Skills
  • Excellent Time Keeping (Punctuality and Attendance)
  • Ability to work individually and as a team
  • Ability to reflect on own practice for development
  • Ability to demonstrate own initiative
  • Keen interest in the subject

Health, Care and Early Years Courses on offer

  • BTEC Level 2 First Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning & Development

    Areas of Study
    This course has five core units covering values and interpersonal skills, physical, social and emotional development and good practice in childcare settings. You will then specialise in a further unit on supporting children’s play and learning.

    Work experience
    300 hours over the course of the year in different Early Years settings (over 2 days a week). These hours are a mandatory part of the course.

  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning & Development (CPLD)

    *It is a requirement for you to gain your licence to practise that you join the course with English and Maths GCSE at a grade C or above.

    Areas of Study
    This course has core units covering child development, play, health & safety and working with parents. There are also a range of optional units covering food and mealtimes, working with under 3’s and working with children who have additional needs.

    Work experience
    750 hours over 2 days a week in 3 different early years settings and age groups. These hours are mandatory and give you a licence to practise.

  • BTEC Level 2 First Extended Certificate in Health & Social Care

    This course will help develop your knowledge and practical skills within Health and Social Care settings.

    Areas of Study
    The course consists of the following Core and Mandatory Units: human lifespan development, health and social care values, effective communication in health and social care, and healthy living.

    The course also includes the following optional units: social influences on health and wellbeing, promoting health and wellbeing, the impact of nutrition on health and wellbeing, equality and diversity, individual rights, human body systems and care of disorders and the health and social care sector.

    Method of Assessment
    Human Lifespan Development and Healthy Living units are assessed by external examinations. All other units are coursework based assessments which will require you to complete written assignments, projects, role-plays or presentations. You are required to complete a minimum of 60 hours work placement (1 day a week) in a nursery, residential care home or any other suitable placement.

  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care (Health Sciences)

    This course will help develop your knowledge and practical skills within Health and Social Care settings and prepare you for employment or Higher Education.

    Areas of Study
    This course has eleven core units. These are: developing effective communication, equality, diversity and rights, health, safety and security, development through the life stages, anatomy and physiology, personal and professional development, sociological perspectives, psychological perspectives, physiology of fluid balance, biochemistry for health and science for health.

    The course also includes a variety of optional units selected by the team. This package of units has been designed to meet local needs and cater for learners, interested in either the health or social care industries.

    Method of Assessment
    All units are coursework based assessments which will require you to complete written assignments, projects, debates, role-plays or presentations. You are required to complete a minimum of 100 hours work placement (I day a week) in a nursery, residential care home or any other suitable placement.

    As you will be entering a profession where you will be working with children and vulnerable adults you are required to demonstrate your suitability as a ‘fit person’ (under legislative requirements). This is achieved by undertaking a DBS check and through an interview process. Payment for this should be made at enrolment.

*Please see statement on Entry Requirements with regard to those of you who will be joining us with the new grade boundaries for English and Maths in September 2017.


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As part of its funding agreement with the Skills Funding Agency, John Ruskin College vocational courses are part or fully funded by the European Social Fund.