SCQF Level 8
Childhood Practice & SVQ Provision

Course Overview

PDA Level 8 Childhood Practice is an evening course designed for people already working in the early education, childcare or playwork sectors who are interested in progressing with their careers. The course has a strong focus on leadership and professional practice and aims to develop your knowledge, understanding and skills and develop your confidence in taking on a senior role within a childhood practice setting.

This course is also suitable for people who need to gain additional credits to progress onto the PDA Childhood Practice course at SCQF Level 9.

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. The course considers pedagogical perspectives within Scotland and internationally to identify contemporary theoretical approaches that can be put into practice within your setting.

A career in childhood practice is more than just a job. With plenty of opportunities for progression, each day can be different, full of variety and full of adventures. Take your next step towards changing your life and the lives of children.

The course runs over 2 years and fees will be payable at the start of each year.

What You Will Learn
  • Professional Practice
  • Legislation and Policy
  • Pedagogy
  • Developing Leadership
  • Quality Assurance
  • Collaborative Working
  • Supporting colleagues
  • Safeguarding responsibilities
Placement Information
  • There is no formal work placement but you must be employed in the childhood practice sector during this course.
Entry Requirements
  • You must have an award accepted by Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) to register as a practitioner e.g. HNC Childhood Practice, SVQ 3 Social Science (Children and Young People) or SVQ 3 Playwork 
  • You should have been working in the childhood practice sector for at least one-year.
English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 6.0
How the course is assessed
  • You will be continually assessed through a variety of methods including project work, essays, closed book assessments and presentations.
Progression And Articulation Routes
  • Further study at SCQF Level 9
  • PDA Childhood Practice Level 9 taught at Edinburgh College
  • BA Childhood Practice
Career Opportunities
  • Senior practitioner 
Number Of Days Per Week
  • 1 evening per week (6.30 pm-8.30 pm) over two academic years 
  • Midlothian Campus - Tuesdays 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
  • Granton Campus - Thursdays 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
  • Sighthill Campus - Thursdays 6.30 pm-8.30 pm
  • In addition to attending classes, students will be required to study for approximately 3 hours per week.
Course Cost And Funding Options
Student Stories

Student Nicola Brown attended College to take her career in a new direction – swapping hairdressing for a career in childcare. Nicola was the winner of the Childhood Practice Academic Excellence award at the College’s Prize Giving ceremony last month, and we caught up with her to find out about her College journey.

“I am very happy about being recognised at Prize Giving. I have loved meeting so many new people whilst being on this course, and I have made lots of new friends.

A couple months after starting the course I found out I was pregnant and I thought that I would really struggle to complete everything in the course due to taking time off for appointments and working two days as well as being at College. To keep on track, I stuck to a plan and made sure I handed everything in on time and studied regularly. This helped me stay motivated and focused to finish the course before the baby came.

My plan for the future is to take this year off on maternity leave with my new baby and then return next August to complete my HNC in Childcare. My end goal is to become a Childhood Practitioner and work with children.

I would just like to say thank you to my lecturers for their help and support through this course. It means a lot to me and without their positivity and encouragement I don’t know how I would have stayed motivated.

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