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Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care

The new Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications in Early Childhood Education and Care are designed to reflect this increasing need for high quality professional and technical education pathways at Level 4 and 5, thereby providing students with a clear line of sight to employment and to progression to a degree at Level 6. This is never more evident than in the Childcare and Education Sector, where it is now the norm for students expecting to progress into employment in the sector or to a Level 6 vocational degree to already have meaningful work experience in the sector.

The new Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications in Early Childhood Education and Care embrace this development and enhance students’ progression opportunities through mandatory work placement requirements that include assessment on placement to further embed meaningfulness.


Awarding body

Pearson Edexcel, UK

Duration

2 years (Full time)

Entry Criteria

  • GCE Advanced Level examination with credit passes for English Language and Mathematics in the GCE Ordinary Level examination
  • GCE Ordinary Level examination with substantial experience in teaching
  • International Foundation Programme offered at Gateway Graduate School OR other related Level 3 qualifications
  • English Language proficiency

Work experience/placement requirements

The Total Qualification Time for the Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care includes a minimum requirement of 375 hours’ work placement or experience in early education and/or care settings.

The mandatory elements of work placement/experience are as follows. A minimum of two different settings is required

A minimum of 75 practice hours with each of the following age ranges:

  • From birth to one year, 11 months
  • From two years to four years, 11 months
  • Five years to seven years, 11 months.

The Total Qualification Time for the Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care includes a requirement of 525 cumulative hours’ work placement or experience in early education and/care settings over the two-year period of the qualification.

The mandatory elements of work placement/experience are as follows.

A minimum of Two different settings is required.

A minimum of 75 practice hours with each of the following age ranges:

  • From birth to 1 year, 11 months
  • From 2 years to 4 years, 11 months
  • 5 years to 7 years, 11 months.

The Units to be studied

Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care

Level 4 units: Unit credit Level
Core Unit (Mandatory) 1 Personal and Professional Development through Reflective Practice 15 4
Core Unit (Mandatory) 2 Protecting Children in Early Childhood Education and Care Environments 15 4
Core Unit (Mandatory) 3 Play and Learning in Early Childhood 15 4
Core Unit (Mandatory) 4 Supporting and Promoting Children's Development (Babies and Toddlers) 15 4
Core Unit (Mandatory) 5 Supporting and Promoting Children's Development (Young Children) 15 4
Core Unit(Mandatory) 6 Promoting Healthy Living 15 4
Core Unit (Mandatory) 7 Preparing for Research (Pearson-set Project) 15 4
Core Unit (Mandatory) 8 Promoting Inclusive Early Childhood Education and Care Environments 15 4

Level 5 units: Unit credit Level
Core Unit (Mandatory) 9 Investigating Childhood: Action Research for Early Childhood Practitioners (Pearson-set Project) 30 5
Core Unit (Mandatory) 10 Improving Quality in Early Childhood Education and Care Environments 15 5
Specialist Unit (Mandatory) 11 Current & Emerging Pedagogies in Early Childhood Education and Care 15 5
Specialist Unit (Mandatory) 15 Approaches to Entrepreneurship in Early Childhood Education and Care 15 5
Specialist Unit (Mandatory) 27 Outdoor Play and Learning 15 5
Specialist Unit (Mandatory) 29 Innovative Approaches to Children's Play and Learning in Practice 30 5

Total Qualification Time (TQT)

2400 hours

Delivery

The course is delivered over a period of 2 years, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2.30 pm – 4.30 pm at the Gateway Graduate School, Colombo.

Assessment

Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Early Childhood Education and Care are assessed using a combination of internally assessed Centre-devised internal assignments (which are set and marked by Centres) and internally assessed Pearson-set assignments (which are set by Pearson and marked by Centres). Pearson- set assignments are mandatory and target particular sector-specific skills. The number and value of these units are dependent on qualification size.

  • For the HNC, one Core, 15 credit, unit at Level 4 will be assessed by a mandatory Pearson- set assignment targeted at particular skills.
  • For the HND, two Core units: one Core, 15 credit, unit at Level 4 and one Core, 30 credit, unit at Level 5, will be assessed by a mandatory Pearson-set assignment targeted at particular skills.
  • All other units are assessed by Centre-devised internal assignments.