Certificate For The Early Years Advanced Practitioner (EYAP) - Level 4
This course is for people aged 19 or over
Faculty of Healthcare, Childcare and Public Services
Level Location Start Date End Date Day Time Fee Reduced Ask Apply
Level 4 Hele Road Centre *Please see below *Please see below Variable Variable £811.00

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

Suitable for learners aged 18 and over, who are currently employed as an Early Years Level 3 practitioner,

This qualification aims to provide professional development opportunities for employed Early Years practitioners with a previous Level 3. It will allow you to embrace the wealth of experience you already have and challenge you in both your daily practice and theoretical understanding. Providing a great professional development opportunity to broaden your knowledge and understanding of early years practice and foster your confidence in using leadership, mentoring, coaching and reflection skills to promote quality.   You will have a dedicated assessor who will work with you in your workplace on a 1:1 basis to guide you to gather the evidence required. The course lasts for up to 1 year and we use an online portfolio system which is accessible to you 24/7.

*Course dates are:-

  • 17.09.2018 to 16.09.2019 - variable days
  • 14.01.2019 to 13.01.2020 - variable days
  • 15.04.2019 to 14.04.2020 - variable days

What topics will I study?

You will acquire and use skills of leadership, mentoring, coaching and reflection as you complete the qualification through work-based learning opportunities. 5 Units covering how children learn, ppromoting health and well-being, working with families and other professionals, supporting children with additional needs, and you will complete a research topic of your choice. Upon achievement of this qualification, you will be equipped as an Advanced Practitioner. This course requires detailed research and written work to underpin the assignments carried out, you will need to be aware that you will require sufficient time to do this independently.

What are the entry requirements?

This is a work-based qualification, you must be ages a minimum of 18 years, employed in an early years setting at Level 3 with GCSE English and maths at grade C or above .

If you are aged 19+ then you may apply for a learning loan which could pay the fees of this course, you may enrol at any time of the year.

What facilities are there?

  • 1:1 assessor support
  • Online portfolio and resources
  • You will have access to a learning resource centre

What can the course lead on to?

You could progress to a Foundation Degree in Early Years or a Level 5 Leadership and Management qualification.

This course will also prepare you for further study of early years in higher education.

Are there any additional costs?

None specified. 


It is important that you apply and pay for your course at least one week before the course starts to ensure that you will have access to all the facilities and resources in your first week.
Please be aware that there are no car parking facilities at Exeter College city centre sites, but public car parks are available across the city.

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