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Childhood Practice & SVQ Provision

Childhood Practice HNC (Full-time and part-time day)

Campus Granton Campus
Midlothian Campus
Sighthill Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 7

Study mode Full time

Duration 41 weeks

Start date Aug 2022

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Course overview

The HNC Childhood Practice is for applicants interested in a career in the early education, childcare or playwork sectors or for those wishing to pursue further study for example, within Childhood Practice or Primary Education. This qualification is accepted by the Scottish Social Services Council for registration as a practitioner in the daycare of children service.

This is a nationally recognised qualification and valued award for people who want to work in a variety of settings, supporting children and young people with varying needs.

The course will give you a deep understanding of working with children and young people and will help you to integrate knowledge and theory into practice, including the importance of the National Care Standards and Scottish Social Services Council Codes of Practice.

This course will teach the importance of play to children's development, leadership skills, a thorough understanding of child development theories, strategies to support children with additional support needs, how to understand and support children's behaviour, contemporary family issues, collaborative working and the importance of health, wellbeing and safeguarding.

From this course, you can apply for registration as a Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) professional and go into employment within nurseries, playgroups, after-school clubs and other play schemes. Working in childhood practice has 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.  

For part-time courses, the fees are payable at the start of each year (two-year course).

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  • Your reasons for applying for this course. Why does it interest you? Why are you suitable for this course?
  • Details of any relevant qualifications that you have to meet the course entry requirements.
  • Information about any courses or training you have done that are relevant – this can include certificated training such as First Aid or CPD courses.
  • Details of any work experience (paid or voluntary) that is relevant to the course.
  • Your future career plans – how will this course help you to reach your goals?

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Childhood Practice HNC Pre-course Padlet

What you will learn

During the course, the students will learn values, skills and knowledge to enable them to support children and young people. This will include:

  • Developing an understanding of the values and principles that underpin work in childhood practice settings.
  • Understanding how the National Care Standards and SSSC Codes of Practice inform working practices in the childhood practice sector.
  • Developing an understanding of the variety of childhood practice settings in the sector.
  • Developing skills appropriate for working with and supporting a wide range of individuals in childhood practice settings.
  • Have an individual and child-centred focus in your practice.
  • Learning how to ensure inclusion in everyday work practice.
  • Critically evaluate your practice and be a reflective practitioner.
  • Developing a good working knowledge of current legislation, policy and guidance.
  • We promote active learning and you will take part in activities in and out of the classroom

Placement information

  • This course has a mandatory work placement of approx 60 days throughout the year.
  • Full-time students are on placement 2 days per week.
  • Part-time students are on placement 1 day per week for both years of the course.
  • There are specific units of study in this course that must be achieved in the workplace.  
  • This can be in your usual workplace or in voluntary placement.

 

How the course is assessed

  • You will be continually assessed through project work, essays, closed-book assessments and presentations. 

Number of days per week

Part-time options: 

  • Sighthill Campus - Tuesdays 10 am-2 pm over two years  
  • Granton Campus - Mondays 10 am-2 pm over two years 
  • You will also do one day per week on a work placement 

Full-time options: 

  • Granton, Sighthill or Midlothian campus – two days per week  
  • You will also do two days per week on a work placement  

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of two Highers at grade C or above, one of which should be English  
  • Or pass in a relevant NC at SCQF Level 6 (including Communication or Academic Study Skills units at SCQF 6) or PDA Education Support Assistance or SVQ Level 2 Children’s Care Learning and Development/Social Services Children and Young People 
  • Or a pass in the Foundation Apprenticeship  Social Services: Children and Young People plus Higher English.
  • Applicants should have some experience working in early learning or childcare settings in a paid or voluntary role. 
  • Membership in the PVG scheme through Disclosure Scotland is required for this course.
  • You should upload copies of your qualifications to demonstrate that you meet the entry requirements.

English Proficiency Requirements

IELTS 6.0

Progression and Articulation Routes

  • This course is intended to enable registration with the SSSC as a practitioner 
  • Successful completion could enable progression to HND Childhood Practice (Higher English is required for HND), PDA Level 8 Childhood Practice or BA Childhood Practice 
  • To progress to these qualifications, the experience of working in a childcare setting is essential and there will also be a requirement to be working or on placement in a leadership role. 
  • Successful students who have also achieved National 5 Biology and level 5 numeracy (or equivalent) are eligible to apply for the 3-year pre-registration Nursing programme (BN) at Edinburgh Napier University.
  • BA (Hons) Child and Youth Studies, year 2 entry at the University of the Highlands and Islands 
  • BA (Hons) Childhood Practice, year 2 entry at the University of the Highlands and Islands  

Study Options

Campus Study mode Start date Duration
Granton Campus Full time 29/08/22 41 Weeks
Midlothian Campus Full time 29/08/22 41 Weeks
Sighthill Campus Full time 29/08/22 41 Weeks

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