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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 two years and fees will be payable at the start of each year.
What you will learn
- Professional Practice
- Legislation and Policy
- Developing Leadership
- Quality Assurance
- Collaborative Working
- Supporting colleagues
- Safeguarding responsibilities
- There is no formal work placement but you must be employed in the childhood practice sector during this course.
How the course is assessed
- You will be continually assessed through a variety of methods including project work, essays, closed book assessments and presentations.
Number of days per week
- One 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 three hours per week.
- 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 RequirementsIELTS 6.0
Progression and Articulation Routes
- Further study at SCQF Level 9
- PDA Childhood Practice Level 9 taught at Edinburgh College
- BA Childhood Practice
- Senior practitioner
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Funding & Fees
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