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Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND in Advanced Practice in Work with Children and Families

This course is delivered through a combination of classroom teaching and practical work placements. Both of these elements are a compulsory part of the course. There is a focus on helping you to develop the knowledge, skills and values necessary for employment and professional development within the early years sector.

Course Structure


Mandatory modules will include:

  • Professional Development
  • Play in an Early Years Environment
  • Theories of Development: three plus
  • Language Development
  • Research Project
  • Health Promotion
  • Medical Conditions in the Early Years
  • Working with Families
  • Continuing development
  • Language and leadership
  • Understanding the world around us
  • Inclusion
  • Medical Conditions

You must complete at least 800 hours of practice in a vocational setting. To build up these hours you can use vocational placement experience or vocationally relevant current voluntary work or vocationally relevant current paid employment.

Contact Hours

Contact Hours per week

15 hours contact time to include practical classes, lectures, workshops or tutorials.

Mandatory Additional Study

Maximum of 15 hours per week average over the academic year which will be placement based.

Personal Study

7 hours maximum studying and preparing assessments in your own time per week, including use of online materials.

Entry Requirements


GCSE English

  • GCSE English Language Grade or level 2 Essential Skills in Literacy

GCSE Maths

  • GCSE Mathematics Grade C or level 2 Essential skills in Numeracy

Additional GCSE

  • A GCSE Grade C in a Science subject is preferable


A minimum of 64 UCAS points which many include:

  • 2 A levels OR
  • Level 3 Extended Diploma (Cache)

Republic of Ireland

  • Grades BCCC in Irish leaving cert, plus Maths and English at grade D in Junior cert.

Access Diploma

  • Access Diploma in Foundation Studies at 70%

International requirements

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2
  • PTE 51
  • IELTS 5.5; (minimum of 5.5 in reading and Writing and 5.0 in Listening and Speaking)
  • Or equivalent (Examples of equivalent qualifications would be a GCSE in English, Level 3 Programmes, Essential Skills in Literacy – Grade C, ESOL Level 2 or another qualifications gained at an Institution within the UK).


  • Successful completion of the admissions process


  • Provide evidence of ability to undertake the programme by meeting the requirements for the accreditation of prior experiential learning. Further details on APL can be found in the admissions section


How will I be assessed and given feedback?


Students are assessed using a range of different methods. These include examinations, coursework, presentations, practical, posters, leaflets, role-play, and case studies. This is dependent on the requirements of each unit of study. Oral, written and online feedback will be provided during your course to help improve and monitor performance.


Where will it take me?


Successful completion of this course opens up a wide spectrum of opportunities for working within the children's workforce and is entry in to a range of Early Childhood Studies degree programmes.


How will it make me more employable?


This programme will provide you with the skills to enable you to meet the demands of a challenging early years sector.


Additional Costs


All fulltime students will be required to undertake study visits for which they will pay a nominal sum. This will be in the region of £30 a year.

Access NI clearance will need to be processed for each student at a cost of £33. In addition, if you have a placement in day care you will be required to have a social services check.


The course is provided and regulated by Pearson.
Terms & Conditions

Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

While we endeavour to run all our courses on the advertised day, SERC reserves the right to change the day of week on which the course runs.

In addition to the above Terms & Conditions students must also adhere to the following:

Students are required to:

  • Comply with College Policies and Procedure.
  • Submit all coursework and assessments by specified dates, coursework submitted without consent after the deadline shall not normally be accepted.
  • Pass all modules in each year of study in order to proceed to the next year of the programme.

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