Advanced Practice in Early Years Education South and City College Birmingham


Awarded by: Pearson Education Ltd

You will study theories of child development from birth to 8 years. This includes the physical, social and emotional development of children. Child protection is a key focus and you will be taught how to organise an appropriate response to signs of child abuse.
This course enables professional development through reflective practice linked to employment, alongside development of academic skills and research.

This qualification requires at least 800 hours of work experience and a Practical and Reflective Evidence Portfolio (PREP), including reflective accounts, to be completed.

In England, these qualifications are confirmed by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) as a full and relevant Early Years Educator (EYE) qualification as the core units allow coverage of the full Level 4 and Level 5 requirements, and access to a range of employment opportunities in the sector.
The NCTL is responsible for defining the full and relevant qualifications that staff included in the specified ratios must hold. To count in the ratios at Level 3, practitioners holding this qualification must also have achieved English and mathematics GCSE at grade C or above.

  • Qualification

    Higher National Diploma - HND

  • Study mode


  • Location

    Digbeth Campus - Main Site

  • Start date

    September 2019

  • Duration

    2 years

Course details


Year One: 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;
Safeguarding, Children’s Welfare and Child Protection;
Creating Safe Environments in Early Years Settings;
The Whole Child Approach in Early Years Practice;

Year Two: Issues Affecting Children’s Behaviour; Developing Research Skills for Early Years Practice;
Issues Affecting Children’s Behaviour;
Supporting Quality Improvement in Early Years Settings;
Promoting Progress in Language, Literacy and Mathematics in the Early Years;
Promoting an Understanding of the World in the Early Years;
Contemporary Issues in Child Health;
Diversity, Difference and Inclusion in Early Years Settings;
Working with Families.

Assessment method

A range of coursework assessment methods will be used, including observation, presentations, practical assessments, reflective accounts, reports and essays. You will also need to pass the professional practice requirements for hours completed in an appropriate work setting. This qualification requires at least 800 hours of work experience and a Practical and Reflective Evidence Portfolio (PREP),

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January *

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code L520
Institution code S20
Campus name Digbeth Campus - Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 48 points A minimum of 48 UCAS points which may be gained from the following qualifications:

2 x GCE ‘A’ Level passes 1 x GCE ‘A’ Level pass plus AS level passes in appropriate subjects BTEC National Diploma or Extended Diploma BTEC National Certificate A Level 3 Diploma or equivalent such as NVQ, GNVQ, International Baccalaureate, Scottish Certificate of Education A recognised (Kite marked) Access Course You will also need GCSE English grade A-C or level 2 Equivalent

Please note that learners must have a Disclosure & Barring Service check prior to undertaking professional practice, it is the learners responsibility to ensure this is in place.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (Disclosure Scotland)


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

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