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Early Years HNC/D

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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.

Entry requirements

Level 3 Diploma or extended in Early years or childhood studies (BTEC, Cache etc.) or equivalent.

GCSE Grade C in English or equivalent (this will however be looked at independently)

For those wishing to eventually go into teaching a GSCE GRade C in Science and Maths will be required, but is not essential for entry onto this course.

How much does it cost?

£5,500 per year (with a small increase in line with inflation each year)
DBS fee (Disclosure and Barring Service)
Tablet or Laptop is advisable for your research and study as is a pen drive.
A specific textbook list will be issued at induction.

*There may be additional costs for this course

Awarding Body

Pearson BTEC

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.

Core modules

  • Professional Development Through Reflective Practice
  • Communication, Values and Leadership for Advanced Early Years Practitioners
  • Theories of Development and Progress – 0-7 Years
  • Early Years Curriculum, Play and Learning
  • Safeguarding, Children’s Welfare and Child Protection

*These modules may be subject to change

Optional modules

  • Working with Families
  • Managing the Early Years Curriculum
  • Pedagogic Issues for the Early Years
  • Contemporary Issues in Child Health

How will I be assessed?

Observations within the workplace
Assessment of Academic work
Power point presentations

Will I have to provide anything?

Textbooks £40
DBS £50
Resources £20
Educational visits £100

I'm interested. What should I do now?

Call 01279 868100 and talk to an Admissions Adviser
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