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HNC Early Childhood Education and Care (Education)


Early Years

Study Mode

University Level

Start Date



1 year


£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:

- Personal and Professional Development through Reflective Practice
- Protecting Children in Early Childhood Education and Care Environments
- Play and Learning in Early Childhood
- Supporting and Promoting Children's Development (Babies and Toddlers)
- Supporting and Promoting Children's Development (Young Children)
- Promoting Healthy Living
- Preparing for Research (Pearson-set project)
- Promoting Inclusive Early Childhood Education and Care Environments

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

Entry Requirements

It is expected that you will have achieved a minimum of 48 UCAS tariff points from a relevant level 3 qualification before commencing this programme.

However, if you do not have relevant level 3 qualifications, but have relevant work experience, you are also welcome to apply.

You may be invited to an interview where appropriate.

Qualifications in English and Mathematics:
Ideally you will have a GCSE grade C (4) or equivalent in both English and Mathematics. However, there are options for you to complete one of these qualifications while studying on this programme.

English Language for non native speakers:
- Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2.
- PTE 51
- IELTS 5.5: Reading and Writing must be at 5.5 or equivalent.

Level: This qualification is set at level 4 (HNC).

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

Additional Costs and Information

The UCAS institution code for this programme is W74.
The UCAS course code for this programme is CE01.

What Could I Do Next?

You could progress directly into employment or university study: BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies; BA (Hons) Early Education and Care; BA/BSc (Hons) Child Psychology; BA (Hons) Child and Family Studies; BA/BSc (Hons) Child Health and Wellbeing; BA (Hons) Child and Youth Studies or BA (Hons) Primary Education.

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