Advanced Diploma in Education (Early Childhood Education)

This course explores the young child within the changing notion of childhood. Drawing initially from your own experiences of childhood, you will examine the contexts and influences that shape your beliefs and values. You will examine and reflect on understandings of beliefs and values about the child and childhood in the early years, informed by a range of historical, philosophical, cultural, societal, political and spiritual perspectives. Through reflections and review of the literature, you will critically consider the influence of childhood, particularly on the child’s sense of developing autonomy, responsibility, resilience, and spirituality. Consideration will also be given to envisioning the young child within childhoods of the future, and implications on child development and early childhood pedagogy.

The course contains practical elements of working with young children from birth to eight years and you will gain an insight into the theories of learning and development. You will be expected to undertake a minimum of 120 hours over two years in at least three different placements settings covering various ages. Throughout your placements, you will be expected to complete a practice skills log and longitudinal studies.


You will be involved in exciting and practical experiences as well as completing projects such as making leaflets, posters and writing assignments on important childcare issues. Topics covered include: children’s development, safeguarding children and research methodology. The course is delivered through assignment tasks, observations or practice as well as exams.

Next Steps

This course could lead to university or higher training such as a BA degree, teacher training or foundation degree. (Science at grade C is required). Alternatively, you could gain employment in a variety of early years settings such as nurseries and crèches or find work or as a nanny.



Program Structure

Full-time Mode


·       Year 1
English for Communication
Academic English and Communication I
Putonghua in Use#
Lifelong Learning Seminars I
Early Childhood Development
Self Understanding and Interpersonal Relationship
Curriculum in Early Childhood Education
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Early Childhood Education
Use of Information Technology+


·       Year 2
Academic English and Communication II
Lifelong Learning Seminars II
Diverse Needs Education
Field Practice^
Management and Administration in Early Childhood Education
Parental Involvement and Home-School Collaboration
Professionalism in Early Childhood Education / Event Planning in Early Childhood Settings / Issues in Early Childhood Education *  



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This is a vocational course for those working in early years settings. Combining theory and practice, the course is a progression route to the BA (Hons) in Childhood Studies.

Entry Requirements

Candidates for this course should:

Be employed or doing voluntary work in an Early Years sector for a minimum of 12 hours a week

Have the support of their employer or voluntary setting (unless they are self-employed for example child minders)

Obtain a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

Have 2 GCSEs at level C which may include English Language (or written task for students without evidence of GCSE qualifications can be undertaken)

·       Satisfactory completion of a Pre-Associate Degree or an equivalent programme (at QF level 3); or

·       Satisfactory completion of Yi Jin Diploma; or Other acceptable equivalent qualifications (including non-local qualifications obtained in or outside HK, or other qualifications / experience deemed to be equivalent); or

·       Mature applicants who are 21 years of age or above with a minimum of 3 years' working experience will also be considered on a case-by-case basis.


Have an NVQ3/ CCLD in Early Years Care and education or an equivalent level three qualification 

Be able to communicate clearly and accurately in spoken and written Standard English

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