Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals are designed to help students secure the knowledge skills and behaviours needed to succeed in the workplace. They represent the latest in professional standards and provide opportunities for students to develop behaviours for work, for example by undertaking a group project, or responding to a client brief.
BTEC HNCs are work-related qualifications for students taking their first steps into employment, or for those already in employment and seeking career development opportunities. BTECs provide progression into the workplace either directly or via further study at university and are also designed to meet employer’s needs. BTEC Higher National qualifications are widely recognised by industry and higher education as the principal vocational qualification at Levels 4 and 5.
The new BTEC Higher National qualifications in Advanced Practice in Early Years are designed to address an increasing need for high quality professional and technical education pathways at Levels 4 and 5, thereby providing students with a clear line of sight to employment or to progression to a degree at Level 6.
The BTEC Higher National qualifications in Early Years Education are aimed at students wanting to continue their education through applied learning. Higher Nationals provide a wide-ranging study of the early years sector and are designed for students who wish to pursue or advance their career in early years practice. In addition to the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the study of the sector, Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Advanced Practice in Early Years give students experience of the breadth and depth of the sector that will prepare them for further study or training
Key features of the HNC Advanced Practice in Early Years Education
Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications in Advanced Practice in Early Years Education offer:
- A stimulating and challenging programme of study that will be both engaging and memorable for students.
- The essential subject knowledge that students need to progress successfully into further study or the world of work.
- Underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for success in employment in the early years education sector at a supervisory or lower management level
- Transferable skills and knowledge which will enable individuals to meet changing circumstances, whether moving between early years education settings at the same level, moving up to a supervisory or management position or adapting to general changes in the provision or environment of early years education
- Assessments that consider cognitive skills (what students know) along with effective and applied skills (respectively how they behave and what they can do).
- Unit-specific grading and Pearson-set assignments.
- Work placement or experience in early years settings.
- Support from a placement supervisor who will monitor and contribute to the continuous assessment of their progress.
- Quality assurance measures to ensure that all stakeholders (e.g. professional bodies, universities, businesses, colleges and students) can feel confident in the integrity and value of the qualifications.
At Level 4 students develop a broad knowledge and awareness of key aspects of the Early Years sector through six core units, which include one unit assessed by a Pearson-set assignment.
This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course.
All modules are compulsory.
- Professional Development Through Reflective Practice (20 credits)
- Communication, Values and Leadership for Advanced Early Years Practitioners (20 credits)
- Theories of Development and Progress – Birth to Seven Years, 11 Months (20 credits)
- Early Years Curriculum, Play and Learning (15 credits)
- Safeguarding, Children’s Welfare and Child Protection (15 credits)
- Creating Safe Environments in Early Years Settings (15 credits)
- The Whole Child Approach in Early Years Practice (15 credits)
The course operates on a modular basis. Most modules count for 15 academic credits. Each 15 credits taken equates to a total study time of around 150 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity.
Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionally fewer credits per semester (typically 30 credits). 120 credits are required to achieve the qualification. The overall grade for course is based on the grades obtained in each module studied.
The course (both full-time and part-time) has one start point in September.
A copy of the rules and regulations governing the course is available here.
Please also refer to the HE Policies and Relevant documentation section.
The HNC in Advanced Practice in Early Years Education includes a mandatory requirement of 600 hours work placement or experience in early years settings, which requires you to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prior to undertaking.
A minimum of three different settings is required covering 100 hours in each of the following age ranges:
- From birth to one year, 11 months
- From two years to four years, 11 months
- Five years to seven years, 11 months
Entry requirements 2018-19:
Our typical offer is UCAS Tarrif points 64 (new), or equivalent
BTEC Extended Diploma at MPP and GCSE English and maths grade C or above (or equivalent point score)
For students who have recently been in education, the entry profile is likely to be:
- A BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in a related subject
- A GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A* to C (or equivalent)
- Other related Level 3 qualifications
- An Access to Higher Education Certificate awarded by an approved further education institution
- Related work experience
- An international equivalent of the above
Kirklees College will consider applicants’ prior learning when considering their acceptance on a BTEC Higher Nationals, through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
English language requirements
In order for students to be successful on Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications, it is critical that they have an appropriate level of English language skills. All centres delivering the new Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications must ensure that all students who are non-native English speakers and who have not undertaken their final two years of schooling in English, can demonstrate capability in English at a standard equivalent to the levels identified below, before being recruited to the programme:
- Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2
- PTE 51
- IELTS 5.5; Reading and Writing must be at 5.5 or equivalent
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The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final grade. Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice or “formative” assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Formative assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.
There is also formal or “summative” assessment scheduled during each module. Assessment methods include essays, reports, presentations and examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your final module grade.
Percentage of the course assessed by coursework
The approximate percentage of the course assessed by coursework is as follows:
You will receive feedback on all formative and summative assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.
Kirklees College aims to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of the submission date (summative assignments).
On successful completion of the HNC, there is also the option of continuing your studies for a further year (full-time students) to achieve a level 5 Higher National Diploma (HND)*.
*subject to a group size of 8 or more students (course confirmed by March each year)
The Level 5 Higher National Diploma offers the following specialist pathways for students who wish to concentrate on a particular aspect of Early Years:
- Professional Development Through Reflective Practice
- Communication, Values and Leadership for Advanced Early Years Practitioners
- Theories of Development and Progress – Birth to Seven Years, 11 Months
- Early Years Curriculum, Play and Learning
- Issues Affecting Children’s Behaviour
- Safeguarding, Children’s Welfare and Child Protection
- Supporting Quality Improvement in Early Years Settings
Holders of the Level 5 Higher National Diploma will have developed a sound understanding of the principles in their field of study and will have learned to apply those principles more widely. They will have learned to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems. They will be able to perform effectively in their chosen field and will have the qualities necessary for employment in situations requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and decision-making.
The Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma allows students to specialise by committing to specific career paths and progression routes to degree-level study.
Continuing existing employment
Linking with the appropriate Professional Body
Committing to Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
Progressing to university
The Level 4 Higher National Certificate is recognised by Higher Education providers as meeting admission requirements to many relevant related courses, for example:
- BA (Honours) Early Childhood
- Top-up BA (Honours) Early Childhood
- BA (Honours) Childhood and Youth Studies
Students should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes at specific Higher Education providers. After completing a BTEC Higher National Certificate or Diploma, students can also progress directly into employment.
The skills offered as part of the Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma can provide graduates with the opportunity to work in many different areas of the Early Years sector.
Below are some examples of job roles each qualification could lead to:
- Early Years Teacher
- Learning Mentor
- Teaching Assistant
- Early Years Manager or Supervisor
Fees & Funding
These fees apply to the academic year 2018-19 and may increase annually by 5% for each further year of study (part-time students). Students will will be advised in writing by February 2018 if there is any intended increase in the part-time tuition fee.
These fees only apply to this HNC programme. Students intending to undertake further study (HND) will be advised in writing by February 2018 of any intended increase in tuition fee.
The following course-related costs are not included in the fees:
- The cost of books that you might wish to purchase
- Additonal printing over the termly print allowance
- Any optional trips that may be offered as part of the course
Sources of financial support
If you receive funding from Student Finance England, you may be eligible to apply for additional benefits. Details can be found under Fees and Finance.
The College also provides a number of bursaries for full-time HE students, which you may be eligible to apply for. Some of these are available to students on any course, while some are course specific. You can check your eligiblilty for these types of financial support, along with their value below:
The following progression, subject-related and widening access bursaries are offered for students starting their studies in September 2018. These are be offered pro-rata for students studying part-time (based on the number of credits being studied).
Students are only be eligible for one financial bursary. These bursaries are not be available to employer-sponsored students.
- a) Progression Bursaries
Progression Bursaries are offered to students progressing within the College from a Level 3 programme on to a full-time Higher Education programme. A phased cash payment of £500 is made in the first year of study only.
Students must have successfully completed a Level 3 programme at the College that is appropriate to allow progression to a full-time Higher Education programme. This award will be available to Kirklees College home students in receipt of the full HE maintenance grant or student support grant.
- b) Local Student Bursaries
This bursary will target local students accepted on to a Higher Education programme at the College with a permanent home address in the local area (all West Yorkshire postcodes). A phased cash payment of £500 is made in the first year of study only. This award will be available to home students in receipt of the full HE maintenance grant or student support grant.
- c) STEM Bursaries
This bursary will be available to any home student on Engineering programmes only. A phased cash payment of £500 will be made during each year of study (excluding any repeat year). This award will be available to home students in receipt of the full HE maintenance grant or student support grant. Students receiving this bursary are not eligible for any other bursary.
- d) Kirklees College Widening Access Bursaries
The following bursaries are available to the following student groups:
Care Leaver Bursary – This bursary will offer support to any home student during each year of study (excluding any repeat year) and will be available to students who have left local authority care in the two years prior to enrolment on the first year of study, irrespective of postcode. A phased cash payment of £1000 is made during each year of study. Attendance at college must be 85% (other than mitigating circumstances).
Full-time Carer Bursary – This bursary will offer support to any home student during each year of study (excluding any repeat year) and will be available to applicants who have full-time carer responsibilities. A phased cash payment of £1000 is made during each year of study. This award will be available to home students in receipt of the full HE maintenance grant or student support grant.
Access to HE Diploma Bursary – This bursary will offer support to students during their first year of study and will be available to students who have success fully completed an Access to HE Diploma programme.
Students must have successfully completed an Access programme that is appropriate to allow progression to a Higher Education programme. A phased cash payment of £1000 is made during the first year of study only. This award will be available to home students in receipt of the full HE maintenance grant or student support grant.
The payment of these bursaries is subject to satisfactory completion of work and performance on the course. This requires students to have submitted all summative assessments and have engaged in formative assessments.
How to Apply/Enrol
To apply for a place on the course you will need to complete and submit a Higher Education application form. You can access it here to download and print off.
If you would rather have one posted to you, please either e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01484 437070 to request one, leaving your name and full postal address.
Teaching and Learning
Sessions are delivered using a varying range of formats and teaching and learning strategies. This includes the use of lectures, seminars, presentations, workshops, in class discussions, debates, analysing case studies or considering real business problems from the students’ own experience. Students are encouraged to be independent and autonomous; there is a significant focus and emphasis on independent study, which combined with taught sessions will stand you in good stead to achieve their potential. You will also have timetabled tutorials with your personal tutor. Group sizes are typically 10-15 and you will have around 10-11 contact hours per week in college.
When not attending formal teaching sessions, you will be expected to contiune learning independently through self-study. Typically this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the Learning Resource Centre, preparing coursework assignments and presentations and preparing for any time constrained assessments. Your independent learning is supported by a range of facilities at the college including the Learning Resource Centre (LRC), HE Study Centre and the College Virtual Learning Enviornment (VLE) .
Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity, with each 15 credits taken equating to a total study time of around 150 hours.
Academic support is available in the college providing help in the following areas:
- Study skills
- Academic skills
- Research skills
- Critical thinking
Student Services can help students with additional needs.
You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course.