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Welcome to our Health and Social Care page

Within these pages you will find lots of information about the subject and how the department operates.

If you have any queries regarding Health and Social Care or Child Care Learning and Development, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me.

Mrs S Hoskins
Health and Social Care

Newman Catholic School, Carlisle


Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Children’s Play, Learning and Development

This is a level 2 qualification; the grades being Level 2 Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction*. However learners who do not achieve at Level 2 may be awarded a Level 1 grade. The subject is equivalent to one GCSE.

All of the units in this qualification are compulsory to ensure that learners develop a broad and comprehensive understanding of the early years sector, taking into account the recent Nutbrown review (June 2012) and its recommendations for content within early years qualifications, including the importance of:

  • Child development for the 0 to 7 age range – which is reflected in the birth up to eight years focus in this qualification, particularly in Unit 1: Patterns of Child Development
  • Play as a route of children’s learning, which forms the basis of early years frameworks, such as the Early Years Foundation Stage (England) and Foundation Phase (Wales) – which is covered in Unit 2: Promoting Children’s Development Through Play
  • Inclusive practice and empowering children, as well as the key person within early years settings – which is covered in Unit 3: The Principles of Early Years Practice.

The aim of this course is to:

  • Inspire and enthuse learners to consider a career in early years, or related sectors, where knowledge of child development is relevant.
  • Give learners the opportunity to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of, and develop skills in, the early years sector, for example, of child development and using play to promote child development.
  • Support progression to a more specialised level 3 vocational or academic course, such as in early years, health and social care or psychology, or an apprenticeship.
  • Give learners the potential opportunity, in due course, to enter employment.

Course Content

BTEC First Certificate in Children’s Play, Learning and Development is offered as an option at Key stage four. It is an exciting and stimulating course, suitable for students who may consider working with young children in the future. It is a nationally recognised vocational qualification designed to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for success in the student’s working life.

Within this subject there is a large emphasis on social skills and the students will be given the opportunity to learn about different societies and may have the opportunity to become involved with charity or local community projects.

Progression opportunities:

  • Studying this subject provides the knowledge, understanding and skills for level 2 learners to progress to:
  • Other level 2 vocational qualifications.
  • Level 3 vocational qualifications, such as the BTEC Nationals in Children’s Play, Learning and Development, or the BTEC Nationals in other sectors, such as in health and social care.
  • Related academic qualifications.

Apprenticeships within the early years and health and social care sectors. Learners who achieve the qualification at Level 1 may progress to related level 2 vocational or academic qualifications, such as BTECs or GCSEs.

Developing employability skills:

One of the main purposes of such BTEC qualifications is to help learners to progress ultimately into employment. The vast majority of employers require learners to have certain technical skills, knowledge and understanding to work in a particular sector, but they are also looking for employability skills to ensure that employees are effective in the workplace.Unlike technical skills, which may become outdated over time, employability skills enable learners to adapt to the ever-changing roles needed to survive in the global economy. These skills include: self-management, teamworking, business awareness and customer awareness, problem-solving, communication, basic literacy and numeracy, a positive attitude to work and the use of IT.

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