BTEC Higher Nationals in Early Childhood Education and Care (RQF)

BTEC Higher Nationals in Early Childhood Education and Care (RQF)

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The BTEC Higher National qualifications in Early Childhood Education and Care provide a rigorous and innovative approach to early education and care practice, that is designed to produce confident, competent and highly knowledgeable advanced practitioners. The integrated academic and professional practice elements in these qualifications provide a thorough spring-board for learners to progress into sector-related degree programmes and senior leadership or management roles in early education and care settings.

This qualification is on the ‘full and relevant’ DfE early years qualifications list for England, and can be used as part of an apprenticeship. The qualifications are also acceptable Higher Level qualifications for Early Years in Northern Ireland.

Pathways within this qualification

This qualification has been developed in collaboration with industry experts, universities, colleges and students to ensure that it is a programme that meets the needs of industry, as well as what you would expect to achieve throughout your course. To help our you develop in your chosen specialism, there are a number of pathways, some of which are listed below:

  • Leadership and Management
  • Education
  • Social and Community Care Practice

Please note this is a combination of pathways at both BTEC HNC and HND level. Colleges we work with may choose to deliver a selection of pathways which is why we suggest that you consult with your local college regarding exact options available to you.

Careers after a BTEC Higher National in Early Childhood Education and Care

Some typical jobs after completing the HNC*

Some typical jobs after completing the HND*

Room Leader; Pastoral Support Worker; Early Years Educator; Teaching and Learning Assistant; Key Worker; Early Years Practitioner; Learning Support Assistant; Early Years Support Worker; Early Years Intervention Support Worker (with additional training); Nursery Officer; Teaching and Learning Assistant. Deputy/Assistant Manager; Senior/Lead Practitioner; Pre-School Leader; Early Years/Children's Centre Co-ordinator; Family Support Worker; Nursery Nurse/Practitioner; Senior Playworker; After School Club Supervisor; Higher Level Teaching and Learning Assistant; Early Years Foundation Stage Lead Pastoral Care Manager; Education Welfare Officer.
*These are suggestions of the typical job roles related to this qualification at this level. Pearson does not guarantee employment upon completion, and you will have a responsibility to make sure that you meet the employer’s requirements. 

Progression to university

We work with universities in the UK and around the world, explaining the content, structure and purpose of BTEC Higher National qualifications, so that the universities recognise your value and accept applications from you as a BTEC Higher National holder onto a degree programme. We currently have agreements to top-up HNs to over 1200 degrees worldwide and we continue our work to grow this number.

Visit our Pearson Degree Finder to find all the current articulations.

Where to study BTEC HNs in Early Childhood Education and Care?

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