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Advanced Practice in Early Years Education | HND

Higher Education

This course has been withdrawn from our higher education offer and we will not be accepting applications for 2020.

What is a HND?

A Higher National is an excellent alternative to a university based degree programme. It can prepare you for a range of professions in just two years and involves significantly lower costs than university. If you aren’t keen on moving away from home or are wary of extortionate student debt, this may be the course for you. After the first year you’ll gain a HNC (Higher National Certificate) and at the end of the two years you’ll have a HND (Higher National Diploma). You can then choose to start a career requiring a HND qualification or complete a final year of study at a university, to top up to a full BA/BSc degree.

Course Overview

The qualification prepares learners for employment in the Early years education sector and will be suitable for those who have already decided that they wish to enter this area of work. This course is ideal for you if you would like to work with children in Early Years services and for those who are looking to progress to become an Early Years Teacher or to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills (QTLS).

Learners studying the Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND will ordinarily be able to progress to a related degree in Early Years Education, and work towards gaining Qualified Teacher Status if appropriate.

This course is seminar based with assessed work based practice. You will be in college for two days per week and work practice two days per week including 600hrs placement in year 1 and 200hrs in year 2. You will also have a time allocated for independent study tasks.

Qualification Level: Full-Time Higher Education Level 5
Course Length: 1 year
  • Supporting Quality Improvement in Early Years Settings Specialist units
  • Developing Research Skills for Early Years Practice
  • The Whole Child Approach in Early Years Practice
  • Promoting Progress in Language, Literacy and Mathematics in the Early Years
  • Promoting Creative Expression in the Early Years
  • Pedagogic Issues for the Early Years
  • Diversity, Difference and Inclusion in Early Years Settings
  • Working with Families

Tuition fees are £4900 per year.

If you progress to a university degree in the second or third year, you will pay the HE institutions annual tuition fees. Additional funding of up to £400 is available in some cases to cover stationery, purchase text books, educational visit fees, a uniform and registration fees for any additional related training eg. First Aid courses.

Where Next?

On completion of the course, many students choose to apply to complete ‘top-up’ study at a university to gain a full honours degree such as Early Childhood Studies or Childcare.

Other students choose to enter employment directly after the two year course. Typical career paths from this course include Play-worker, Nursery Manager, Antenatal Practitioner, Nursery Nurse, Lead practitioner, Children’s Centre Worker or Childminder.

I enjoy the independence and the opportunity to meet new people. I highly recommend a Higher National qualification as it provides you with a stimulating environment, supportive and knowledgeable teachers.

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Ema Early Years HND Student