Based at the Workington Academy site.

Examination Board


Entry Criteria

  •  5 Grade 4’s at GCSE including English Language and Maths
  • A good attendance record in Year 11
  • A real interest and commitment in wanting to work with children


The course is mainly assessed by coursework but does include one exam set externally and two controlled assessments.

Why you should study Children’s Play, Learning & Development

The two year, full – time course that meets entry requirements in its own right for learners who want to progress to employment in early years educator roles. This qualification has been designed to support progression to relevant occupational areas and sector – related courses in higher education.

Course Content

Students spend two days every week on placements in the following settings: nursery schools, infant schools, private nurseries, special needs schools and units. Whilst on these placements they record their development in a Practical Evidence portfolio including child observations and activity plans which enables them to gain Early Years Educator status. They are regularly visited and well supported on placement by the experienced tutors.

In the Sixth Form students study a variety of child-related subjects including Children’s Development, Keeping Children Safe and Development of Children’s Communication, Literacy and Numeracy Skills. The course is equivalent to 3 A levels so there is a large amount of coursework to complete.

Skills Developed, Progression and Possible Future Careers

  • Develops skills required to work with children as well as planning, organisational and research skills ready for studying at university.
  • University to study to become a primary teacher or special needs teacher; to train to become a social worker; a health professional such as a nurse or occupational therapist; or to study a related subject such as the BA in Children, Family and Young People.
  • Employment in the school sector as a teaching assistant or learning support assistant.
  • Employment in the private sector – for example as a supervisor in a private nursery.