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Early Years Education Advanced Practice Higher National Certificate & Diploma

Entry requirements

  • GCSE English & Maths grade C or 4/5
  • Relevant Level 3 qualification, e.g. BTEC, UAL, A Level, Access to HE Diploma etc.
  • 64 UCAS tarrif points
  • Clear DBS check
  • Mature students may have commensurate work/business /industry related experience that may be considered

Credit Transfer

Transfer of credit from another qualification is considered on a individual basis and will require an interview.

About the course

This course provides extensive knowledge of professional development, the Early Years curriculum along with communication, values & leadership for advanced Early Years Practitioners. You will gain an understanding of the stages and sequences of brain development, physical development and social skills. Most significantly, you will gain professional status enabling you to work with children or progress to university to complete an Early Years Degree, Teaching Degree or a Degree in Childhood studies.

Why study?

The course is most suitable for those working within the early years and education sector. It is also suitable for those who would like to become school teachers, manage within the early years sector or work within the education sector with children.

The course is made up of units such which are taught within class and assessed as noted through:

  • Observations
  • Powerpoint presentations
  • Reflective accounts
  • Essays
  • Witness Statements

This course includes placement which enables learners to work with babies and children within primary schools, nurseries and early years settings.

Where will this course take me?

After the HND a Top-up to a full Degree may be possible. Check with Universities directly or the UCAS website.

After the HNC – you could ask to transfer to the second year of a degree. Again, contact the University's admission team direct after searching the course on the UCAS website. Or you could continue at Harlow College and complete your HND.

Or get a job in Business, Business Management, Marketing, Law, Accounting, Business Administration, Sales, Event Management, Politics, and many more.

Core modules

HNC

Module Level Credit
1. Professional Development Through Reflective Practice 4 20
2. Communication, Values and Leadership for Advanced Early Years Practitioners 4 20
3. Theories of Development and Progress – Birth to Seven Years, 11 Months 4 20
4. Early Years Curriculum, Play and Learning 4 15
8. Safeguarding, Children’s Welfare and Child Protection 5 15
9. Creating Safe Environments in Early Years Settings 4 15
Specialist Units
7. Issues Affecting Children’s Behaviour 4 15
8. Safeguarding, Children’s Welfare and Child Protection 5 15
9. Creating Safe Environments in Early Years Settings 4 15
10. Supporting Quality Improvement in Early Years Settings 5 15

HND

Module Level Credit
1. Professional Development Through Reflective Practice 4 20
2. Communication, Values and Leadership for Advanced Early Years Practitioners 5 20
3. Theories of Development and Progress – Birth to Seven Years, 11 Months 20
4. Early Years Curriculum, Play and Learning  4 15 
7.  Issues Affecting Children’s Behaviour 15 
8.  Safeguarding, Children’s Welfare and Child Protection 5 15 
9. Creating Safe Environments in Early Years Settings 4 15
10. Supporting Quality Improvement in Early Years Settings    

Specialist Units

Module Level Credit
5. The Whole Child Approach in Early Years Practice 4 15
6. Developing Research Skills for Early Years Practice 5 15
11.  Fundamentals of Early Years Longitudinal Study 5 15
12. Health Promotion for Advanced Early Years Practitioners 4 15
16. Contemporary Issues in Child Health 5 15
18. Effective Leadership in Advanced Early Years Practice 5 15
19. Diversity, difference and inclusions in Early years settings 5 15

*These modules may be subject to change

How much does it cost?

£5,500 per year with an inflationary rise if you proceed to the HND.
If you are over 19 you may access a student loan for the fees and maintenance.

The Student Finance England website has full details and you can use their calculator to see what help you may be entitled to.

Included in the fee:

  • £10 free printing per year
  • All tuition and assessment

Not included in the fee:

  • Printing over £10
  • Cost of trips
  • Cost of residential visits
  • Basic stationery

*There may be additional costs for this course

The HNC has a compulsory placement requirement of 600 hours. This placement is met by students working 2 days a week minimum, paid or unpaid in a setting. Please also note that 100 hours minimum in each of the three age ranges is required, under 2yrs, 2yrs-4yrs and 5yrs -7yrs. The remaining 300 hours can be from the students chosen age range/setting.

The HND has a compulsory placement requirement of 800 hours over the two years. For the HNC year or year 1, this  placement is met by students working 2 days a week minimum, paid or unpaid in a setting for a total of 600 hours. Please note this must include 100 hours minimum in each of the three ages, under 2yrs, 2yrs-4yrs and 5yrs -7yrs. This makes up 300 hours of the required 600 for the first year. In the second year the students must complete an additional 200 hours in a setting/age range of their choice. 

 

Timetable

The timetable should be available a month prior to commencement.

Teaching & Learning

Teaching will be a combination of individual, paired and group work.

Assessment & Feedback

Teaching will be a combination of individual, paired and group work. Assessment methods will vary for each unit but will be a range of:

  • Written assessment 45%
  • Mind Mapping 5%
  • Presentations 5%
  • Discussions 10%
  • Practical assessments 25%
  • Action research 10%

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