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Childhood Practice & SVQ Provision

Access to HNC Childhood Practice - Child Development (SCQF 6)

Campus Sighthill Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 6

Study mode Evening

Duration 20 weeks

Start date Aug 2024

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Course overview

Are you Interested in working in the childcare sector? 

Our Access to HNC Childhood Practice course is designed specifically for career changers or those returning to education who are interested in further study and a career working with children and young people. Working towards a single SCQF Level 6 unit from the NC Childhood Practice Group Award, the course is an ideal introduction to study and supports progression to our full-time and part-time HNC Childhood Practice courses.

Our interactive and engaging evening classes offer the opportunity to learn more about working with children and to achieve an accredited SQA childcare unit at SCQF Level 6 (equivalent level to a Higher). Alongside the unit content, the course is also a broad introduction to working in the childhood practice sector including the regulatory and registration requirements.

Classes will be a blended delivery with one session a month at our Sighthill campus and other sessions will be online, live classes on Microsoft Teams.

To support your application for the course, please include a detailed personal statement so we can determine if this is the best option for you.

The course will cost £115 per unit.

This course is eligible for ITA funding but this may have limited availability.

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What you will learn

In Semester 1, we will study Children's Development from September to January.

This includes looking at the following:

  • different aspects of development
  • influences on development
  • methods of assessing development
  • supporting future development
  • current guidance and approaches to supporting development

In Semester 2 (a separate course and unit), from January to June, we will study Play.

Placement information

  • There is no workplace placement on this course

How the course is assessed

  • The course will be assessed by an open-book report

Number of days per week

  • One evening a week for 18 weeks, term-time only
  • Thursday evening, 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm
  • One session a month at our Sighthill campus and other sessions are online, live classes on Microsoft Teams
  • Classes start on September 2022 until January 2023

Entry requirements

  • There are no entry requirements for this course as it is designed as an entry point to further study in Childhood Practice
  • Applicants should ideally have some experience of working or volunteering with children or young people
  • The unit studied is at SCQF Level 6 which is the same level as a Higher

Information on Tests / Auditions / Interview Requirements

  • Applicants will be invited to an online information and question & answer session
  • Course selection will be based on your Personal Statement (Please see Padlet for guidance on writing a Personal Statement)

English Proficiency Requirements

IELTS 5.5 (To progress to HNC Childhood Practice IELTS 6.0 is required)

Progression and Articulation Routes

  • This course has been designed to support progression to part-time or full-time HNC Childhood Practice at SCQF Level 7
  • It will also support progression to an SCQF Level 6 Childhood Practice course such as NC Early Education and Childcare or PDA Education Support Assistance

Career options

  • The unit studied is part of the NC Childhood Practice Group Award that is eligible for registration at the Support Worker level with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC)

Study Options

Campus Study mode Start date Duration
Sighthill Campus Evening 26/08/24 20 Weeks

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