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Childhood Practice & SVQ Provision

HNC Childhood Practice (Primary Teaching Focus)

Campus Sighthill Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 7

Study mode Full time

Duration 41 weeks

Start date Aug 2024

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Course overview

The HNC Childhood Practice (Primary Teaching Focus) is for applicants interested in progressing to further study on an initial primary education degree at university. Successful completion can also enable you to pursue a career in the early education, childcare or playwork sectors or to study at higher levels in Childhood Practice or Childhood Studies. 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.

You will gain a thorough knowledge of working within the national curriculum for children aged 3-18 years, Curriculum for Excellence, and will become adept at using this to create learning opportunities and experiences for children.

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 Health and Social Care Standards and Scottish Social Services Council Codes of Practice.

This course will focus on working in primary education, while also examining the wider perspective of supporting children's play, learning and development in a range of childhood practice settings.

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 behavior, contemporary family issues, collaborative working and the importance of health, wellbeing and safeguarding.

Take your next step towards changing your life and the lives of children.  

Students studying this course are required to have an acceptable PVG Disclosure check. (Completed by Edinburgh College once place on the course is confirmed). The Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme - mygov.scot

On meeting the entry requirements, we will arrange an individual induction meeting (online or in campus) to discuss the course, placement requirements and answer any questions you may have. We look forward to meeting you. 

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 Health and Social 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-centered 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.

In addition -

  • You will build knowledge of evaluation tools such as How Good Is Our School to help you reflect, respond and develop your practice within the school.
  • You will become familiar with the role of HMIE (His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education).
  • Within the teaching and assessments, the age range will focus on primary-aged children.

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.

Childhood Practice HNC Pre-course Padlet

Placement information

  • This course has a mandatory work placement throughout the year
  • Full-time students are on placement 2 days per week
  • There are specific units of study in this course that must be achieved in the workplace
  • The college placement coordinators will arrange your placement
  • A satisfactory PVG check is required before placement starts, the college will arrange this

How the course is assessed

  • You will be continually assessed through project work, essays, reflective accounts, research tasks and presentations

Number of days per week

  • Sighthill campus – two days per week (Monday and Tuesday)
  • You will also do two days per week on a work placement (Wednesday and Thursday)

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

Writing a personal statement

Your personal statement is an important part of your application and it can help us to decide if you are suitable for the course.

To make sure that you are giving us all the information we need to consider your application fully, please include the following:

  • 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?

You should check that the statement is written clearly, and using appropriate language. It’s a good idea to ask someone to proofread the statement before sending it.

Information on Tests / Auditions / Interview Requirements

On meeting the entry requirements, we will arrange an individual induction meeting (online or in campus) to discuss the course, placement requirements and answer any questions you may have. We look forward to meeting you. 

English Proficiency Requirements

IELTS 6.0

Progression and Articulation Routes

  • This course is intended to enable registration with the SSSC as a practitioner and is also suitable for applicants who intend to progress to study initial primary education courses at university
  • Successful completion could enable progression to  BA (Hons) Education Studies (Primary), please check additional entry requirements
  • Successful completion could enable progression to HND Childhood Practice, PDA Level 8 Childhood Practice or BA Childhood Practice
  • To progress to these qualifications, experience working in a childcare setting is essential
  • 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

Career options

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.

Study Options

Campus Study mode Start date Duration
Sighthill Campus Full time 26/08/24 41 Weeks

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