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HNC/HND in Early Years

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The HNC/HND in Advanced Practice in Work with Children and Families runs over two years. It is a nationally recognised Level 4/5 qualification offering career progression and professional development for those already in employment.

Early Years, Degree Overview Events
Degree Open Event 7th October 2017 10-12.30 pm and 9th June 2018 10.00-12.30 pm.

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Course summary?

HNC Advanced Practice in Early Years and Primary Education.

Full time one year course which provided EYE status for those without level 3 Early Years Educator whilst also providing progression for those who currently hold EYE.

There is progression to the Level 5 HND and potential progression onto the L6 top up at University of Gloucestershire University (UoG) or a variety of University's.

You will complete 7 units in one year to gain the HNC with vocational experience in three different settings.

Work experience:

If you currently do not hold a level 3 with Early Years Educator (EYE) Status but have an interest in working with children this qualification is right for you. You will need to complete 600 hours of work experience in three different settings, which equates to 3 days in setting each week.

If you currently hold Level 3 qualification with EYE Status and have evidence of work with children in the last two years but want to progress further with your career or onto university this qualification is right for you.

You will need to complete 300 hours of work experience in three different settings, which equates to 1.5 days in setting each week. You will then be able to progress to the HND or leave with your HNC qualification.

Entry requirements:

  • A-C Maths and English GCSE
  • Recent and relevant work experience with children 0-8.
  • Mature students are welcome who may not hold traditional qualifications and these can be discussed on a case by case basis.

Progression and careers:

This qualification provides the basis to progress onto the HND here at SGS and then the level 6 (third year of a degree) at UoG or a variety of universities.

The HNC/D would facilitate progression into management roles, Early Years and Primary teacher training, social work and educational psychologist.

Units will be:

  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
  5. Safeguarding, Children's Welfare and Child Protection
  6. 9: Creating Safe Environments in Early Years Settings

For more information:

Please email Rachael Illsley For admissions please contact

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HNC/HND in Early Years

Duration: 2 years - Full Time
Qualifications: HNC/HND

Start End Time Campus
01/09/2016 31/07/2018 9am - 4.40pm SGS Stroud