SCQF Level 7
Childhood Practice & SVQ Provision

Course Overview

The HNC Childhood Practice course is perfect for young people, adults who are looking to get back into education or those who are progressing on from our NC Early Education and Childcare course.

This course will teach leadership skills, child development, health and safety, and care in contemporary society. From this course, students can apply for registration as an SSSC professional, and go into employment within nurseries, playgroups, after schools clubs and other play schemes.

Not sure if this course is right for you? Find out more about the options that are available this year at Edinburgh College.


It is preferable, but not essential, that applicants have some experience of working in early learning or childcare settings. Students who are working in a different sector will still need to meet the 60 days placement requirement.

Part-time options are:

  • Sighthill Campus - Tuesdays 10 am -2 pm over 18 months (Starts January 2020)
  • Granton Campus - Thursdays 10 am -2 pm over 18 months

What You Will Learn

How to observe and assess children’s learning and development and apply theoretical knowledge to your practice. How to promote health and well-being with children and gain a good understanding of children’s rights and participation.


We promote active learning and you can expect to be taking part in activities in and out of the classroom.

Placement Information

his course has mandatory workplace requirements. There are specific units of study in this course which must be achieved in the workplace. Candidates on this part-time HNC course will require to be in a childcare workplace setting for 60 days throughout their course. This can be in your usual workplace or in voluntary placement.

Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of two Highers one of which should be English or pass a relevant NC at SCQF Level 6 or SVQ Level 2 Children’s Care Learning and Development/Social Services Children and Young People 
  • Applicants with significant experience of working with children will also be considered please detail this in your personal statement.

English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 6.0
How the course is assessed
  • Project work 
  • essays 
  • closed book assessments 
  • presentations
Progression And Articulation Routes

This course is intended to enable registration with the SSSC as a practitioner. Further study options could include degree-level courses such as BA Childhood Practice, PDA Childhood Practice @ Level 9, HND Childhood Practice.

To progress to higher qualification experience of working in a childcare setting is essential and for many there will also be a requirement to be working in a supervisory role.

Download our progression route map here
Course Cost And Funding Options
Fee: £762 Sighthill part-time (year 1)
Start Date(s)

Part Time

This course will start on…
  • 20/01/2020
End Date(s)

Part Time

This course will end on...
  • 06/11/2020
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