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The ICEC Children First Training centre has recently been accepted to run the BTEC Higher National Level 5 in ChildCare.

A Higher National Certificate (HND) is a higher education/further education qualification in the United Kingdom. This qualification can be used to gain entry into universities, and is considered equivalent to the second year of a three year university degree course.

The attainment level is roughly equivalent to a second year of university, a Diploma of Higher Education, but in some cases may be marginally below that of a bachelor's degree. An HND takes two years of full-time study, or one year full-time following successful completion of a Higher National Certificate. Part-time study takes longer.

This course provides a broad foundation of knowledge and skills required to work with young children, particularly in an educational setting. To support this, students undertake 800 hours of work placement and complete a professional placement log. This experience, combined with excellent tutor support, enables successful graduates to confidently undertake supervisory roles within childcare settings.

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Students study nine core units and a choice of seven optional units.


  • Continuing Development
  • Communicating, Values & Leadership in an Early Years Environment
  • Theories of Development: Birth to Three
  • Early Years Curriculum: Play & Learning
  • Theories of Development: Three Plus
  • Early Years Research & Project
  • Understanding Children's Behaviour
  • Child Protection
  • Professional Practice

Entry requirements:

Minimum qualifications: Fully completed Level 3

  • One A level and 4 GCSE's, or equivalent
  • BTEC National Diploma, or equivalent

Fee: 3700€. If you are a continuing student from Level 3 the fee will be 3000€

If you would like to find out more about this course please contact our personnel for staffing and qualification