HNC Advanced Practice in Early Years Education Harlow College


Awarded by: Pearson Education Ltd

This course provides extensive knowledge of professional development, the Early Years curriculum along with communication, values & leadership for advanced Early Years Practitioners. You will gain an understanding of the stages and sequences of brain development, physical development and social skills. Most significantly, you will gain professional status enabling you to work with children or progress to university to complete an Early Years Degree, Teaching Degree or a Degree in Childhood studies.

The course is most suitable for those working within the early years and education sector. It is also suitable for those who would like to become school teachers, manage within the early years sector or work within the education sector with children.

The course is made up of units which are taught within class and assessed through:
• Observations
• Powerpoint presentations
• Reflective accounts
• Essays
• Witness Statements

This course includes placement which enables learners to work with babies and children within primary schools, nurseries and early years settings.

After the HND a Top-up to a full Degree may be possible.

After the HNC – you could ask to transfer to the second year of a degree. Again, contact the University's admission team direct after searching the course on the UCAS website. Or you could continue at Harlow College and complete your HND.

You could progress into management roles, Early Years and Primary teacher training, social work and educational psychologist.

  • Qualification

    Higher National Certificate - HNC

  • Study mode


  • Location

    Harlow College

  • Start date

    September 2018

  • Duration

    1 year

Course details


Module Level Credit
1. Professional Development Through Reflective Practice
2. Communication, Values and Leadership for Advanced Early Years Practitioners
3. Theories of Development and Progress – Birth to Seven Years, 11 Months
4. Early Years Curriculum, Play and Learning
8. Safeguarding, Children’s Welfare and Child Protection
9. Creating Safe Environments in Early Years Settings
Specialist Units
7. Issues Affecting Children’s Behaviour
8. Safeguarding, Children’s Welfare and Child Protection
9. Creating Safe Environments in Early Years Settings
10. Supporting Quality Improvement in Early Years Settings

Assessment method

Advanced Practise in Early Years HNC

• Written assessment 45%
• Mind Mapping 5%
• Presentations 5%
• Discussions 10%
• Practical assessments 25%
• Action research 10%

The HNC has a compulsory placement requirement of 600 hours. This placement is met by students working 2 days a week minimum, paid or unpaid in a setting. Please also note that 100 hours minimum in each of the three age ranges is required, under 2yrs, 2yrs-4yrs and 5yrs -7yrs. The remaining 300 hours can be from the students chosen age range/setting.

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 HCEY
Institution code H23
Campus name Harlow College
Campus code 1

Points of entry

This means the year in which you would like to start the course.

‘Year 1’ means you will start in the first year.

‘Year 0’ means you will enter onto a foundation year.

You may be able to start some courses in the second or third years, if you meet certain criteria. You will need to discuss this with the university or college directly.

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 64 points

GCSE English & Maths grade C or 4/5
Relevant Level 3 qualification, e.g. BTEC, UAL, A Level, Access to HE Diploma etc.
Clear DBS check
Mature students may have commensurate work/business /industry related experience that may be considered

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records check (DBS)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £5,500 Year 1
EU £5,500 Year 1
England £5,500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £5,500 Year 1
Scotland £5,500 Year 1
Wales £5,500 Year 1

Additional fee information

£5,500 per year with an inflationary rise if you proceed to the Year 2/HND. Included in the fee: £10 free printing per year. All tuition and assessment. Not included in the fee: Printing over £10 Cost of trips. Cost of residential visits. Basic stationery