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Higher National Diploma (HND) Early Childhood Education and Care (Education)


Early Years

Study Mode

University Level

Start Date



2 years


£6000.00 per year

Available at

Course Overview

Higher National qualifications in Early Childhood Education and Care are work-related qualifications with greater emphasis on employer engagement and work readiness embodying the latest in professional standards whilst students become professional, self-reflecting individuals, able to meet the demands of employers in the Early Education and Care sector. Graduates are able to adapt to a constantly changing world.

What will I learn?

This programme develops best practice in promoting, protecting and safeguarding the rights, wellbeing, health and safety of children through set assignments alongside a placement requirement and completion of a Practical Reflective Evidence Portfolio (PREP).

The programme includes the core modules listed below:

Year 1:
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 (Infants 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 2:
Unit 9: Investigating Childhood: Action Research for Early Childhood Practitioners
Unit 10: Improving Quality in Early Childhood Education and Care
Unit 14: Impact of Curriculum on Early Childhood Education and Care
29: Innovative Approaches to Children's Play and Learning in Practice
23: Managing and Leading People in Children’s Early Education and Care Environments
27: Outdoor Play and Learning

Please note:
Modules and course content are subject to change.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

A Higher National qualification is equivalent to either a level 4 or level 5 university qualification, for example a foundation degree.

This level 5 course will be delivered using a blended approach of both class-based sessions and remote learning.

Entry Requirements

At least 4 GCSEs at grade C (4) or above including English and Maths (or equivalent level 2 qualifications) plus one or more of the following:

- 48 UCAS Tariff Points from an appropriate level 3 vocational programme (e.g. BTEC National Diploma).

- A Level 3 Extended Diploma or GCE AS / A Level or a 6 unit Vocational A Level.

- Success in an Access to Higher Education Diploma.

- Formally assessed outcomes acquired through recognised prior learning or experience.

Applications from mature candidates are welcomed and considered on an individual basis.

Where English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent qualification will normally be required.

Applicants without the qualifications specified will be considered based on their ability to study the subject at the required level.

You may be required to attend an interview and you can apply for this programme through UCAS.

The UCAS institution code for this programme is W74.

The UCAS course code for this programme is CE01.

Don't quite reach the entry criteria? You can still apply to do this course on completion of our Access to Higher Education course.

Additional Costs and Information

For some trips or visits, there may be additional charges that apply which you will be made aware of when and if appropriate.

The Office for Students (OfS), the new independent regulator for Higher Education in England, has confirmed that the college is successfully registered as a provider for Higher Education and that students are eligible for funding and student support from Student Finance England. Please visit for more information.

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