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 of The Programme and Intakes
    The duration will be twenty four(24) months of full-time studies.
    There will be three (3) intakes per year: February, July and October.
  • 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
  • The Units to be studied

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

    1 Personal and Professional Development through Reflective Practice
    2 Protecting Children in Early Childhood Education and Care Environments
    3 Play and Learning in Early Childhood
    4 Supporting and Promoting Children's Development (Babies and Toddlers)
    5 Supporting and Promoting Children's Development (Young Children)
    6 Promoting Healthy Living
    7 Preparing for Research (Pearson-set Project)
    8 Promoting Inclusive Early Childhood Education and Care Environments
    9 Investigating Childhood: Action Research for Early Childhood Practitioners (Pearson-set Project)
    10 Improving Quality in Early Childhood Education and Care Environments
    11 Current & Emerging Pedagogies in Early Childhood Education and Care
    12 Approaches to Entrepreneurship in Early Childhood Education and Care
    13 Outdoor Play and Learning
    14 Innovative Approaches to Children's Play and Learning in Practice
  • Delivery

    Modes of Delivery: Face to face, Blended learning and Distance Learning

    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.
  • 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.
  • Career Opportunities
    Upon the successful completion of the programme participants can progress in their teaching careers and/or educational administrative careers or gain entry into the teaching professional within the non-government sector in Sri Lanka.
  • Recognition

    Pearson Edexcel, which awards Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care, is the largest British awarding body. It has widespread international presence. As such, it is recognised in many parts of the world, particularly within the education sector as an institution which awards outcomes-based professional qualifications of the highest quality.

Contact Details

Head Office

  • No 01 , 36th Lane (Opposite Devi Balika Vidyalaya)
    Colombo 08, Sri Lanka.
  • Tel: +94112695103, +94112695107
  • Hotline: +94772256356, +94777060157
  • Email: [email protected]