Key features of the HNC Early Childhood Education and Care course
Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications in Early Childhood Education and Care provide:
- Education and training for a range of careers in education
- Opportunities for education employees to achieve a nationally recognised level 4 or 5 vocationally specific qualification
- Opportunities for full-time learners to gain a nationally recognised, vocationally specific qualification to enter employment in early childhood education or progress to higher education vocational qualifications such as a full-time degree in childcare or related area
- The knowledge, understanding and skills required of learners in the field of childhood education
- Opportunities for learners to focus on the development of higher level skills in a childhood education context
- 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.
- A varied approach to assessment that supports progression to Level 5 and also allows centres to offer assessment relevant to the local economy, thereby accommodating and enhancing different learning styles.
- Quality assurance measures to ensure that all stakeholders (e.g. professional bodies, universities, Public Services, colleges and students) can feel confident in the integrity and value of the qualifications.
- A qualification designed to meet the needs and expectations of students aspiring to work in an early childhood education environment.
You will develop a sound understanding of the principles in your field of study and will learn to apply those principles more widely. You will learn to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems and be able to perform effectively in your chosen field and will have the qualities necessary for employment in situations requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and decision-making. Upon successfully completing the Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND you will ordinarily be able to progress to a related degree in early childhood education, and work towards gaining Qualified Teacher Status if appropriate.
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.
Modules for Level 5 HND Early childhood Education and Care:
Unit 9 - Investigating Childhood Action Research for Early Childhood Practitioners (Pearson set project) (30 credits)
Unit 10 - Improving Quality in Early Childhood Education and Care Environments (15 credits)
Unit 11 - Current and Emerging Pedagogies in Early Childhood Education and Care (15 credits)
Unit 27 - Outdoor Play and Learning (15 credits)
Unit 28 - Comparative Education Systems: International Perspectives (15 credits)
Unit 29- Innovative Approaches to Children’s Play and Learning in Practice (30 credits)
The course operates on a modular basis. Most modules count for 15 academic credits with 2 modules at 30 credits each. The total study time equates to a total study time of around 300 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity.
The total time for the course includes a requirement of placement or experience in early years' settings. The mandatory elements of work placement/experience are as follows:
- A minimum of three different settings are required
- A minimum of 75 hours in each of the following age ranges:
- from birth to one year eleven months
- from two years to four years eleven months
- from five years to seven years eleven months
Full-time students take modules worth 65 credits in Semester 1 and 60 credits in Semester 2, 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.
On successful completion of the HND, there is also the option of continuing your studies for a further year (full-time students) at university.
Entry requirements 2019-20:
BTEC Level 3 qualification in a related subject – which is no lower than MPP or related level 3 qualification – which demonstrates strong relevance in a subject related to the programme of study and equates to no fewer than 64 UCAS points.
Access to Higher Education Certificate awarded by an approved further education institution.
A HNC level 4 or equivalent subject related qualification
Related work experience and a genuine commitment (for mature applicants without formal qualifications) as well as completing a screening test to ascertain academic level. All applicants will be subject to a formal interview.
Current Disclosure and barring Service (DBS) check.
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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:
The Total Qualification Time for the Level 5 HND Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care includes a requirement of placement or experience in early years’ settings. The mandatory elements of work placement/experience are as follows. A minimum of three different settings is required. A minimum of 75 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.
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).
The Level 4 Higher National Certificate provides a solid grounding in early education and care practice, which students can build on should they decide to continue their studies beyond the Certificate stage. The Level 5 Higher National Diploma allows students to specialise by committing to specific career paths and progression routes to degree-level study (BA Honors level 6 Top up) .
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.
On successful completion of the Level 5 Higher National Diploma, students can develop their careers in the early education and care sector through:
● Entering employment
● Continuing existing employment
● Completing a higher apprenticeship programme
● Linking with the appropriate Professional Body
● Committing to Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
● Progressing to university.
Fees & Funding
These fees apply to the academic year 2019-20 and may increase annually by 5% for each further year of study (part-time students). Students will will be advised in writing by February 2020 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 2020 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 relevant application form. Please click here for the full-time form and here for the part-time form 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, equating to a total study time of around 300 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.
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