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Course summary

Why this course? • Gain specialist skills for future employment • Specialist facilities and resources, expertise and employment links • Practical-based learning through vocational, academic and practical skills • Silver in the 2023 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for delivering high quality teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. About this course This Higher National Diploma helps you enter specific career paths within the Early Education and Care Industries, or on completion, progress to your final year of a degree here at Roehampton. This University course is approved by the Institute for Apprenticeship and Technical Education. Roehampton is internationally renowned for its work in early childhood studies. With a team of highly-regarded tutors, who are all experts in their specialisms, you will learn from some of the best in the field. Three specialist pathways are available to support progression into relevant occupational areas or on to degree-level study. These are: • Education • Leadership and Management • Social and Community Care Practice There is also a non-specialist pathway, which allows you to complete your Diploma without committing to a particular professional specialism. This offers additional flexibility and supports progression into a range of early education and care-related degrees. In addition to your learning, you must undertake a work placement or gain experience in early education and/or care settings. This should total 525 cumulative hours. You will also complete a Practical Reflective Evidence Portfolio (PREP), including reflective accounts. These must be completed over the duration of the programme. Skills On finishing the course, you will have the confidence to enter the employment market, with a sound understanding of the Early Education and Care Industries, or progress to a related degree in early childhood education, and work towards gaining Qualified Teacher Status if appropriate. Career opportunities You’ll be prepared to go into a range of careers and industries. This includes: • Social and Community Care Support • Family Support Worker • Early Years Intervention Support Worker • Childminder • Other leadership and management roles in a range of early childhood environment You could also progress on to further study through a degree, a higher apprenticeship programme or continuing professional development. Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. They will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You’ll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers.

This Higher Technical Qualification is approved against occupational standards decided by employers. Learn more about Higher Technical Qualifications.


Examples include: • Play and Learning in Early Childhood • Outdoor Play and Learning • Improving Quality in Early Childhood Education and Environments

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

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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.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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 for UKVI SELT with 6.0 Overall and 5.5 in each subtest

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Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £15000 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £15000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note the fee amounts listed are from 2023. In some cases fees will increase for the following year.
Early Childhood Education and Care (HND) at University of Roehampton - UCAS