Head of Department

Mrs G Glover

Subject Overview

At Cornwallis Academy the Vocational Department provides access to all subjects and an insight into how they operate.  We are an energetic and ambitious team, who seek to provide lessons that enthuse our students and help to develop the skills they need to support future aspirations.  Subjects will be supported by visits and speakers where course appropriate and where topics are not covered but felt important to give a more rounded insight into the qualification being studied.

Key Stage 5

BTEC National Extended Certificate in Children’s Play, Learning and Development

Examining Body


Overview of the course

This course is a 2-year programme designed to give students years.  This programme is designed to help you build the knowledge and childcare skills needed when working with children and young people from birth to eight years. It is aimed at those who wish to work, or are working at an unsupervised level in the children and young people’s workforce in England. The programme will prepare you to work in a wide range of settings, with different professionals and volunteers who provide services for children and their families.  

What Will You Study

There are 3 Mandatory units and 1 optional.  Students will be required to produce a portfolio of coursework with will be externally moderated.  The Units of study may include:
  • Unit 1 Children’s Development
  • Unit 2 Development of Children’s Communication, Literacy and Numeracy Skills
  • Unit 3 Play and Learning
  • Unit 5 Keeping Children Safe


This course is a combination of examination, externally set and assessed units and internally set and assessed units. Practical work-based training forms a large part of this programme. You are required to undertake a minimum of 50 placement hours in a minimum of one setting. You will complete a Practical Evidence Portfolio to evidence you time in placement.  

Possible Career Paths:

Students who follow this path may continue on to higher education courses, not necessarily in Child Care related subjects, work apprenticeships or directly into the work place.  Careers students can go into include: Health Worker, Social Worker, Teacher, Midwife, Childminder, Nursing.