Higher National Diploma in Early Childhood Education & Care – Level 5

The purpose of Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Early Childhood Education and Care is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in the early education and care sector and adapt to a constantly changing world.

The qualifications aim to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake them, to equip students with the early education and care practice skills, knowledge and the understanding necessary to achieve high performance in the global early education and care environment.

The HND provides insight and understanding into the diversity of roles within the early education and care sector, recognising the importance of collaboration at all levels.

The qualification supports students to understand the local, regional and global context of early education and care practice, and for those students with a global outlook, to aspire to international career pathways.

The HND will provide students with opportunities to address contemporary early education and care issues facing the sector, and society at large, with particular emphasis on partnership working and values-based care, and child-centred approaches toproviding early education and care to babies and young children

You will work alongside our expert staff, who are industry specialists.

When successfully completed, the Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND in Early Childhood Education and Care in England, along with the assessed practice in work placement requirements across units, enables you to meet the requirements of the full and relevant EYE criteria and be counted in qualified staff ratios at Level 3.

  • What will be studied

    Year One

    • Unit 1: Personal and Professional Development through Reflective Practice
    • Unit 2: Protecting Children in Early Education and Care Environments
    • Unit 3: Play and Learning in Early Childhood
    • Unit 4: Supporting and Promoting Children's Development (Babies and Toddlers)
    • Unit 5: Supporting and Promoting Children's Development (Young Children)
    • Unit 6: Promoting Healthy Living
    • Unit 7: Preparing for Research
    • Unit 8: Promoting Inclusive Early Education and Care Environments.

    Year Two

    • Unit 9: Investigating Childhood: Action Research for Early Childhood Practitioners
    • Unit 10: Improving Quality in Children's Early Education and Care Environments.

    Students take the two mandatory core units, and an additional five units in year 2.

  • What are the entry requirements?

    In order to qualify for this Higher Education course you must have:

    • A minimum of 64 UCAS Tariff points plus at least 5 GCSEs at Grades A-C.
    • Mature applicants (21 years and above) with suitable background or experience may be accepted without formal qualifications, subject to interview.

    Shortlisted applicants are invited for an audition and interview.

  • Where does this course lead to?

    This qualification will provide opportunities for students to enter or progress in employment in early education and care, or to progress to higher education qualifications such as Honours degrees in Early Childhood Studies, Psychology and Child Development, Child and Youth Studies or related areas.

  • What qualifications will be gained?

    Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care

  • How will this course be delivered?

    Lectures will be a mix of theoretical and practical work.

    You will be required to tackle various tasks and assignments throughout the course study period.

    You will be taught through presentations, practical demonstrations, independent work, 1:1 support, tutorials and group critiques.

    You will develop effective and informed practice and the completion of your Practical and Reflective Evidence Portfolio (PREP) will reflect your experiences and activities throughout 525 hours of work placement in different early childhood education and care placements. You will engage in continuing professional development (CPD) and reflective practice, developing your skills, practical competence and subject knowledge. Tutor/assessors and workplace supervisors must be fully satisfied that students have demonstrated the required level of competence before recognising this in the formative and summative reports.

    To achieve the Pearson BTEC Level 4 HND in Early Childhood Education and Care, you will undertake a minimum of 525 hours' practical work placement in a minimum of two settings.

  • How will I be assessed?

    You must complete all taught units over the 2 year programme in order to achieve the full HND qualification. You must also complete the Practical and Reflective Evidence Portfolio (PREP) to reflect your placement experience.

    Assessment is via practice-based observations and written assessments including reports, analytical essays, logs, presentations and seminars.     

  • How to get a place?

    Apply online at KCHE Apply

  • Other Information:

    Students aged 19+ will be subject to fees. Student finance offers help with Advanced Learner Loans and support to students, please contact Learner Services on 01562 512003 or email learnerservices@kidderminster.ac.uk for more information and advice.

    Additional costs: Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

    DBS: You will require an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate which costs £50. You must then join the DBS update service which costs £13 a year. This will enable you to change placements during your course without incurring any delay or further DBS costs.

    Uniform: Students will be required to wear a branded college polo shirt and fleece jacket in placement. This has an approximate cost of £20- £30.

    Whilst on this course we would expect you to bring equipment to classes to assist with completing lesson takes, such as:-

    • Pens
    • Pencils
    • Memory stick
    • Notepad
  • Exam Board:
    Pearson BTEC

    On completion of this qualification you will be prepared for entry to, or progression in a range of careers in early education and care, including: Family, Social and community care/work support roles in a range of community-based settings; senior early years practitioner, supervision and management roles in children's nursery and other childcare settings; teaching assistant roles in early education or preschool settings; care and education support for children with special education and development needs; children's community-based health support roles.


Start Date : September 2021 End Date : June 2023 Fee : £8,150.00 per year
Day : N/A Time : N/A Fee Description : N/A Duration : 2 Years
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