SCQF Level 8
Childhood Practice & SVQ Provision

Course Overview

Childhood Practice at SCQF 8 is for people interested in developing their career options in the early education childcare or playwork sectors and also for those wishing to gain additional credits towards the PDA Childhood Practice at SCQF 9. 

The course is made up of the new PDA Childhood Practice at SCQF 8 plus additional units to offer a total of 120 credits over 2 years. This course will give you a deep understanding of professional practice in the early learning and childcare sector and how legislation policy and frameworks should be used effectively to ensure children and young people are supported and valued. 

During the course, the students will build on their existing knowledge and skills to: 

Develop their understanding of current frameworks and policy and the ability to analyse how they work in practice. 

Research and investigate contemporary theories of leadership and teamwork. 

Explore pedagogical approaches to supporting children and young people in their play learning and development. 

Identify factors that influence the application and development of their professional practice. 

Evaluate the application of regulatory codes and standards for Childhood Practice. 

Evaluate accountability and responsibility for continuing professional development within the regulatory framework.

Course options are:

Midlothian Campus - Tuesdays 6:30pm-8:30pm

Granton Campus - Thursdays 6:30pm-8:30pm

Sighthill Campus - Thursdays 6.30-8.30pm

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What You Will Learn
  • Professional practice 
  • Legislation and policy 
  • Pedagogy 
  • Developing leadership 
  • Quality assurance 
  • Collaborative working
Placement Information
  • Applicants should be currently employed in the childhood practice sector.
Entry Requirements
  • Applicants should have an award accepted by the SSSC to register as a practitioner (for example HNC Childhood Practice SVQ 3 Social Services (Children and Young People) SVQ 3 Playwork)
  • You should also have been working in the childhood practice sector for at least 1 year.
English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 6.5
How the course is assessed
  • The course is assessed by a combination of project work, essays, closed book assessments and presentations
Progression And Articulation Routes
  • Progress to further study at SCQF 9. This can be through the PDA Childhood Practice at SCFQ 9 or the BA Childhood Practice.
Download our progression route map here
Number Of Days Per Week/Day Of The Week/Time Of The Day
  • One evening session (6.30 – 8.30) per week over 2 academic years
Course Cost And Funding Options
Student Stories
  • This course will give you the skills and knowledge to take on a senior role within an early learning or childcare setting.
Start Date(s)


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


This course will end on...
  • 15/01/2021
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