"The Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care offers students three specialist pathways designed to support progression into relevant occupational areas or on to degree-level study. These pathways are linked to Professional Body and apprenticeship Standards (where appropriate) and can provide apprenticeship or progression towards professional status or entry into the later stages of an appropriate degree. 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. Students successfully completing the Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND will ordinarily be able to progress to a related degree in early childhood education, and work towards gaining Qualified Teacher Status if appropriate. The Level 5 Higher National Diploma offers the following specialist pathways for students who wish to concentrate on a particular aspect of early education and care practice: ● Education ● Leadership and Management ● Social and Community Care Practice. There is also a non-specialist pathway, which allows students to complete a Level 5 Higher National Diploma without committing to a particular professional specialism. This offers additional flexibility to providers and students and supports progression into a range of early education and care-related degrees. At Level 5 students continue to build on the essential skills, knowledge and behaviours necessary for all early childhood practitioners whilst working through a number of subject-specific specialist and optional units."
Following the 120 credits at Level 4 achieved within the Higher National Certificate, an additional 120 credits at Level 5 creates the Higher National Diploma. Core units for HND students include the Investigating Childhood: Research for Early Childhood Practitioners (Pearson-set Project), Improving Quality in Early Childhood Education and CAre, Impact of Curriculum on Early Childhood Education and Care, Innovative Approaches to Children's Play and Learning in Practice Further optional modules are to be confirmed
"Guided learning hours These are the hours where a tutor is present to give specific guidance towards the learning aim being studied. Guided learning hours include lectures, tutorials and supervised study in, for example, open learning centres and learning workshops. They also include supervised assessment activities such as invigilated exams, observed assessments and observed work-based practice. ● The total guided learning hours for Higher National Certificate (HNC) = 480 hours. ● The total guided learning hours for Higher National Diploma (HND) = 960 hours. Some examples of activities that can contribute to guided learning include: ● classroom-based learning supervised by a tutor ● work-based learning supervised by a tutor ● a live webinar or telephone tutorial with a tutor ● live e-learning supervised by a tutor, and ● all forms of assessment guided or supervised at the time by a tutor or other education or training provider. This includes where the assessment is competence- based and turned into a learning opportunity. Independent learning hours These are the hours where a student is learning without the direct guidance of a member of centre staff. They are critical to the student’s ability to develop knowledge and skills, as well as providing them with the opportunity to develop key transferrable skills such as self-discipline, time management and self-motivation. Some examples of activities that can contribute to independent learning include: ● self-directed research and investigation ● reading set texts or other sources of information ● watching subject-related videos as part of investigation and research ● reviewing recordings of scheduled sessions or notes from those sessions ● peer activities, such as group meetings and online discussions, where students explore their learning together, and ● reviewing and recording thoughts on their own learning. ● The total independent learning hours for Higher National Certificate (HNC) = 720. ● The total independent learning hours for Higher National Diploma (HND) = 1,440."
Qualified teacher status (QTS)
To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:
- Course does not award QTS
How to apply
You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2023.
If you already have a 2023 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice – contact the university or college first to check they have places.
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)
Successful completion of the Higher National Certificate year, at the University of Roehampton or another provider will allow you to register onto the Higher National Diploma.
Other qualifications will also be considered Relevant work experience, or an international equivalent to the above qualifications. Credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience If you need more help or information, get in touch through our enquiry form
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6||with a minimum of 5.5 in each band|
|TOEFL (iBT)||80||with the following minimum scores: Reading: 18 Writing: 17 Listening: 17 Speaking: 20|
|PTE Academic||59||with no less than 59 in any band|
|Cambridge English Advanced||C||grade C in tests prior to 2015 with no less than 'weak' in any band|
We may accept other high school English qualifications if you are applying for an undergraduate degree. Please contact us at [email protected] to clarify.
English Language requirements
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£7950||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£7950||Year 1|