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Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 4 Higher National Certificate)

Pearson BTEC
Early Years

Course Overview

Students will complete the Higher National Certificate in ECEC by completing the mandatory Level 4 units (Units 1-8) and 375 hours in three distinct placement settings. The course is very practical and graduates have excelled at University and in Industry. You will be expected to critically analyse information and think independently. You will use the Early Years Specialist Room fully equipped with a range of play and practical resources while completing this qualification. As placement is an integral part of your qualification a self-declaration of current health status is implicit as part of the overall risk assessment process. Enrolment on this course is subject to a satisfactory Access NI check. Grant support may be available during your studies. Contact Student Services for more details.
  • Start Date
    1 Sep 2023
  • Study Mode
    Full-Time
  • Duration
    1 Year
  • Campus
    Strand Road

Available Sessions

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  • Course: Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate Early Childhood Education and Care
    Campus: Strand Road
    Type: Full Time
    Start Date: 01/09/2023
    (2734)
    Fees:
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Course Offering

  • Site location Strand Road
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Entry Requirements

UK Requirements

48 UCAS points and minimum of GCSE English at grade C or equivalent. Access 40%. Applicants must have a Level 3 Qualification, e.g. A Levels, BTEC National Diploma, CACHE Level 3 Diploma/ Extended Diploma, DCE, Level 3 in Playwork, an AVCE/Advanced GNVQ in an appropriate Vocational area.Interview, Attendance at an information session, Access NI check & Health Declaration all required

ROI Requirements

48 UCAS points and minimum of OLC English at grade O5. Access 40%. Applicants must have a Level 3 Qualification, e.g. Leaving Certificate, BTEC National Diploma, CACHE Level 3 Diploma/ Extended Diploma, DCE, Level 3 in Playwork, an AVCE/Advanced GNVQ in an appropriate Vocational area. Please note in some universities OLC Grade 05 may not be accepted as equivalent to GCSE Grade C. Attendance at an information session, Access NI check & Health Declaration all required

Work Placement

The number of hours in work placement will be 375 hours in a minimum of three distinct settings covering the age groups birth to one year 11 months, two years to four years 11 months and five years to seven years 11 months.

Fee Information

  • Additional Fees
  • Uniform - £20-40

What's Next?

Further Study

Students can progress to the Level 5 HND in Early Childhood Education and Care or can choose to progress to university. Past students have progressed to Speech and Language, Nursing, Teaching, Social Work, Psychology or another related profession.

Career Prospects

Classroom assistant, Playgroup leader, Creche leader, Childminder, Family Support Worker, Special Educational Needs Assistant.

Enquiry

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    I was so much happier completing a course in something I really enjoyed, rather than studying three A-Levels in subjects that weren't going to benefit me in the future.
    Kyle Scott (Sport)
  • Image of Linda McGlinchey (Photography)
    This course had a huge impact on my life. Not only did it give me the confidence to start my own photography business, but I also gained friends for life!
    Linda McGlinchey (Photography)

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