Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma in Early Childhood Education & Care (ONLINE)

The 2-level United Kingdom’s Higher National Diploma (HND) in Early Childhood Education & Care offers learners an in-depth introduction to the subject area via a mandatory core of learning, while allowing for the acquisition of specific knowledge, skills and experience through specialist pathways and the selection of optional units across a range of occupationally-relevant subjects at Level 2. Learners will gain a wide range of sector knowledge tied to practical skills gained in evidence-based practice, personal research, self-study, directed study and work-integrated learning and experience. 

Level 2 learners will gain a sound understanding of the principles in their field of study and will have learned to apply those principles more widely. They will have learned to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems. They will be able to perform effectively and will have the qualities necessary for employment in situations requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and decision-making.

Learners successfully completing the HND will ordinarily be able to gain module exemptions and progress to the 3rd year of the undergraduate degree in early childhood education with partnered universities, and work towards gaining Qualified Teacher Status if appropriate. The holder of the QTS is eligible to teach in England.

Learners continue to build on the essential skills, knowledge and behaviors necessary for all early childhood practitioners. The 14 units covered over the 2 levels are:

Unit 1: Personal and Professional Development through Reflective Practice

Unit 2: Protecting Children in Early Education and Care Environments

Unit 3: Play and Learning in Early Childhood

Unit 4: Supporting and Promoting Children's Development (Babies and Toddlers)

Unit 5: Supporting and Promoting Children's Development (Young Children)

Unit 6: Promoting Healthy Living

Unit 7: Preparing for Research*

Unit 8: Promoting Inclusive Early Education and Care Environments.

Unit 1: Investigating Childhood: Action Research for Early Childhood Practitioners (Pearson-set Project)

Unit 2: Improving Quality in Early Childhood Education and Care Environments

Unit 3: Innovative Approaches to Children's Play and Learning in Practice

Unit 4: Managing and Leading People in Children’s Early Education and Care Environments

Unit 5: Supporting Social Work with Children, Young People and Families

Unit 6: Trauma in Childhood: Addressing the Impact of Adverse Experiences on Child Health and Well-being


  • Assessment is based on coursework, assignments and essays with no formal examinations
  • Guided learning hours to fulfill: 480 hours per level
  • Credits to attain: 120 credits per level 
  • 525 hours work placement in children’s early care and/or education settings over 2 years

Entry Requirements:


17 years and above

Minimum qualification

1. General Cambridge Examination (GCE) Advanced Level (2 passes and a pass in English Language paper at GCE Ordinary Level); or

2. Mature candidate – 21 years old and above with  

   i. a minimum of 2 years of relevant working experience and meeting the English Requirement; or

   ii. GCE Ordinary Level – 3 passes (a pass in English Language paper); or

   iii. GCE Normal Level – 5 passes (a pass in English Language paper) or equivalent.

English requirement

1.  Pearson Test of English (PTE) 51; or
2.  IELTS 5.5 (reading and writing must be at 5.5); or
3.  TOEFL 59 
5.  Equivalent (such as Pearson Versant English Test). 

Course Fees:

(Non-refundable one-time application fee of SGD 95.00 is payable upon application)

Program fee

SGD 1,000 per unit

Marking fee

SGD 100.00 per unit

Pearson Registration fee

SGD 580.00 one time

Payment mode

Stripe / Credit card / Alipay

Refund Terms (Program & Marking fees)

90% – more than 28 days before course commencement

50% – less than 28 days before course commencement

10% – less than 3 days before course commencement

  0% – more than 3 days after the course commencement