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Childhood Practice & SVQ Provision

Childhood Practice with ESOL Level 5

Campus Granton Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 5

Study mode Full time

Duration 41 weeks

Start date Aug 2022

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Course overview

This course is ideal for you if you are interested in a career working with children and young people and if your first language is not English. The course will allow you to improve your English language level alongside your understanding and experience of a range of key areas in Childhood Practice.

This course is designed to support progression to further study to become an Early Learning and Childcare practitioner or support worker. 

Alongside studying for the Skills for Work Early Learning and Childcare National 5 Group Award you will also develop a range of Meta-skills, relating to Childhood Practice, that will support your personal and professional development now and in your future career.  

You will improve your ability to understand and produce spoken and written English by working towards the English for Speakers of Other Languages National 5 Award, focusing on everyday and work contexts and will focus on the vocabulary required to work in the Early Learning and Childcare sector.

With the expansion of Early Learning and Childcare services across Scotland, there are lots of jobs available. This is a flexible career, with a variety of different ways to train and study to qualify as an Early Learning professional. 

Previous experience will be considered and work experience in a childcare setting is desirable but not mandatory.

To help prepare you for your course and share further information we have created an online notice board. This will be regularly updated until the course starts in August

Level 5 with ESOL Padlet

What you will learn

Candidates who successfully achieve this course will be awarded the Early Learning and Childcare SQA Group Award at SCQF Level 5, English for Speakers of Other Languages Award at SCQF Level 5 and National 5 Numeracy.

SCQF Level 5 (National 5) Units include:

  • Play in Early Learning and Childcare
  • Working in Early Learning and Childcare
  • Children and Young People: Rights and Protection
  • Development and Wellbeing of Children and Young People
  • Developing Meta-skills for Childhood Practice with ESOL
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages
  • Numeracy

How the course is assessed

You will be assessed continually throughout the course using a wide range of methods. 

In ESOL here will be regular assessment tasks throughout the course to monitor your progress, including National 5 coursework assessments, which test reading, writing, listening and speaking. The Prelim exam in February will prepare you for the final exam in May 

Number of days per week

  • 16 hours of class contact per week.
  • This is normally delivered over 3 or 4 days per week.
  • Days and hours to be confirmed (see Padlet).
  • We recommend that you will need an additional 3 hours per week of self-study.

Entry requirements

  • English or Communication plus two other subjects at National 4 (or equivalent). 
  • If you have successfully achieved an Early Learning and Childcare National 4 full-time course, SCP Childhood Practice National 4 or other relevant course you may be eligible to progress to this Level 5 course. 
  • If you have successfully achieved National 4 ESOL SQA group award you may be eligible to progress to this Level 5 course. 
  • If you do not have the formal entry requirements but you have experience of working with children you will also be considered: please detail this in your personal statement.
  • Spaces are limited with selection based on your Personal Statement. We may follow this up with a short discussion either online or on campus.
  • Guidance on writing a personal statement will be available on the Padlet.

Information on Tests / Auditions / Interview Requirements

  • Spaces are limited with selection based on your Personal Statement. We may follow this up with a short discussion either online or on campus.
  • You will be invited for a test where your language level  will be checked
  • Guidance on writing a personal statement will be available on the Padlet.

English Proficiency Requirements

National 4 SQA group award or above or equivalent.You will be invited for a test where your language level will be checked

Progression and Articulation Routes

  • NC Early Education and Childcare (SCQF 6)
  • PDA ESA (Classroom Assistants) (SCQF 6). 
  • HNC Childhood Practice (SCQF 7). 
  • Suitability for progression will be determined by achievement, attendance record, conduct and a successful progression discussion.

Career options

  • This course will prepare you for working with children and is designed to support progression on to further study, working towards a career in Early Learning and Childcare.

Study Options

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

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