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Early Childhood Education and Care (Yr 1 of 3) (Level 5 Higher National Diploma)


Course Overview

This course provides a nationally recognised qualification offering career progression and professional development for those already in employment in the early years sector and opportunities to progress into Higher Education, University to a Teacher Training qualification or an (Hons) Degree in Early Childhood Studies, Psychology, Nursing, Paediatrics, Social Work, Youth Work or another related profession. The course offers flexibility and particularly suits mature students returning to study.
  • Start Date
    13 Sep 2022
  • Study Mode
  • Duration
    33 Weeks
  • Campus

Important Message

Fees must be paid at the time of enrolment, or arrangements should be put in place to pay by instalments. The full fee includes tuition, registration and examination fees (where relevant). Depending on your circumstances you may be entitled to a reduced (concessionary) fee. Reduced fees are applied to the cost of tuition only. Failure to enrol before the Awarding Body deadline may result in you incurring a late fee.

Available Sessions

  • Course
    Start Date
  • Course: Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Yr 1 of 3) Ref L025
    Campus: Limavady
    Type: Part Time
    Start Date: 13/09/2022
    Full £500.00
    Concession £200.00
    Examination £282.00
    Materials: £25.00

Course Offering

  • Site location Limavady Main St
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Entry Requirements

UK Requirements

 48 UCAS Points- Grade C (or above) in GCSE English is desirable but not essential. Applicants must have a Level 3 Qualification, e.g. National Certificate/Diploma in Early Years or CCLD, CACHE Level 3 Diploma/ Extended Diploma, DCE, an AVCE/advanced GNVQ in an appropriate Vocational area, GCE A level/ Leaving Cert. Interviews will be held for admission to this course. 525 work placement hours are required. Attendance at an information session is essential. Students cannot be enrolled unless form signed by course coordinator.

Additional Information

This course is offered on a Part-time twilight basis to facilitate those who are in employment. Students interested in careers in Early Years, Nursing, Social Work, Psychology and Paediatrics amongst others will study units consisting of Personal & Professional Development through Reflective Practice, Protecting Children, Play & Learning,Supporting & Promoting Childrens Development ( 0-8 years), Promoting Healthy Living, Preparing for Research and Promoting Inclusive Environments. Applicants are expected to complete 525 hours of professional work placement during year 1 and 2 of the course in a range of early years settings. Work placement must cover the following age groups: 0 - 1 year 11 months; 2- 4 years 11 months; 5- 7 years 11 months Attendance at an information session is essential. Enrolment is subject to checks, including a satisfactory Access NI check.


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