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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 Certificate helps you gain key skills needed to start a career within the early education and care sector, and on completion, consider progression to a Higher National Diploma 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. In addition to your learning, you must undertake a work placement or gain experience in early education and/or care settings – totalling 375 hours. You must also complete a Practical Reflective Evidence Portfolio (PREP), including reflective accounts. They must be completed over the duration of the programme. Skills You will enhance your knowledge and skills through evidence-based practice, personal research, self-study, directed study and work-integrated learning and experience. Career opportunities The Level 4 Higher National Certificate provides a solid grounding in early education and care practice. You may choose to progress to the Early Childhood Education and Care HND. The skills and knowledge you gain from completing the Diploma will put you in a strong position for pursuing jobs in a variety of Early Years settings. 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 • Protecting Children in Early Education and Care Environments • Supporting and Promoting Children's Development (Babies and Toddlers)

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

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

IELTS for UKVI SELT with 6.0 Overall and 5.5 in each subtest

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Early Childhood Education and Care (HNC) at University of Roehampton - UCAS