Are you passionate about the quality of education and care children receive? Do you want to make a difference to children's lives? Do you believe in developing every child's potential? Are you looking for an alternative route into teaching, or with further study a route to work with children and families? If you answered a firm 'yes' to one of these questions, then our HND will enable you to acquire knowledge, skills and qualities to progress in a range of early years settings, or the final year of an Honours degree.
We organise your Professional Practice (work experience) as it is a core part of the course and integral to the learning experience. We have an extensive database of approved work placements covering the whole of Worcestershire, and some neighbouring counties; this means we can usually place you near your home for the 800 hours of planned work experience. Professional Practice will offer you a wide range of work placement in nurseries, playgroups, preschools, reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes. In the second year there will also be opportunities to 'shadow' nursery managers, professionals in a children's centre or support staff in a children's hospice. Our staff have extensive experience in education and childcare and can assist you to diagnose your career path in the early years or family welfare sector.
We have a strong emphasis on applying theory directly to practice in relation to working with children in classrooms and early years settings. We also emphasise 'reflective practice' so that you develop a professional approach to your professional development.
You will need 56 UCAS points and Grade C or above GCSE in English and experience
of working with children.
We will also accept those with an equivalent Level 3 qualification including; BTEC, A-Level, Access to Higher Education and GNVQ. You will also need an up to date DBS check and you will be invited to attend an interview. Mature applicants will be considered on prior experience and written work.
You will be required to attend an interview for the course.
You will need good interpersonal and communication skills and the motivation to study at a higher academic level. In terms of attitudes, you will need to be able to work with children and families in a non-judgmental way that values their diversity. You will also need a professional approach to being reliable and committed to your ‘duty of care’ in terms of safeguarding children.
Please note, to progress onto the second year of this programme, you must have successfully completed and achieved all year one modules.
How will I be assessed?
You will complete a range of course work, including practical tasks at work placement, presentations, essays, case studies, portfolios and work-based learning. There are no formal examinations.
What can I do next
You can convert the HND qualification (Level 5) to a degree by progressing on to the third year of a degree (Level 6) programme at a university. After gaining Level 6, you can then apply for teacher training on a one-year PGCE course. An alternative university course is the Early Years teachers Status, Level 6
NB: Both the PGCE and EYTS courses require GCSE maths and English at C grade
You will have a strong basis for a range of careers in the early years sector as an Advanced Practitioner in Early Years; Nursery Management; Child and Family Support Services; Primary Teaching (see above section)
–– Continuing Development
–– Communication, Values and Leadership in an Early Years Environment
–– Theories of Development: Birth to Three
–– Early Years Curriculum, Play and Learning
–– Understanding Children’s Behaviour
–– Professional Practice
–– Promoting Numeracy Skills
–– Promoting Knowledge and Understanding of the World
–– Specific Learning Difficulties: Dyslexia and Dyspraxia