NC Childhood Practice (SCQF 6)
Qualification SCQF Level 6
Study mode Full time
Duration 41 weeks
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This National Certificate (NC) Childhood Practice provides a comprehensive course on a range of topics, both theory and work practice-related, that will aid you in developing and enhancing the knowledge, skills, values and competencies for those wishing to work with, or already working with, children and young people in a childhood practice setting.
As a result of successfully completing this course, you will have opportunities to progress to other areas of study or employment at support worker level within a childhood practice and childcare setting.
Applicants should have qualifications at SCQF Level 5 or above and/or be progressing from our Childhood Practice Level 5 course or School College Partnership National 5 course.
Students studying these courses 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.
To help prepare you for your course and share further information we have created an online Padlet notice board. This will be regularly updated until the course starts in August.
What you will learn
Candidates who successfully achieve this course will be awarded the SQA NC Certificate in Childhood Practice at SCQF Level 6.
- Planning for Practice
- Planning for Practice: workplace experience
- Providing an Inclusive Curriculum in a Childhood Practice Setting
- Protecting and Promoting the Rights of the Child
- Sociology of Childhood
- Child Development
- Child Development: Theory
- Services for Children and Young People
- This course has a mandatory workplace that must be achieved in a childcare setting. Placement will be for approximately 30 days throughout the course
- Placement will be one day a week with three weeks of block placements when you attend placement instead of college classes
- Students studying these courses are required to have an acceptable PVG Disclosure check. (Completed by Edinburgh College)
How the course is assessed
You will be continually assessed through a range of assessments in College, including implementing play experiences and undertaking observations of children during your work placement experience.
Number of days per week
- Sixteen hours of class contact per week
- This is normally delivered over three days per week
- Days and hours are to be confirmed
- One full day at work placement
- We recommend at least an additional four hours per week of self-study
- A minimum of three units at SCQF Level 5 or above (or equivalent) including English or Communication
- Applicants should hold qualifications or have experience that demonstrates their ability in basic research, basic report writing and writing basic compositions
- Ideally, applicants should have some experience working with children – please detail this experience in your personal statement
- If you do not meet the formal entry requirements but are a mature applicant with significant experience working with children you are welcome to apply and we will assess this on an individual basis. Please detail this experience in your 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 is 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 and placement requirements and answer any questions you may have. We look forward to meeting you.
English Proficiency RequirementsThe English proficiency requirement for this course is IELTS 5.5.
Progression and Articulation Routes
- HNC Childhood Practice SCQF Level 7 Part-time or Full-time, SVQ Level 3 SSCYP
- Suitability for progression onto further study will be determined by achievement, a good attendance record, and good conduct and you will require a successful progression discussion with your Study Coach
- This qualification allows you to register with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) as a Support worker
- This will enable you to work in a variety of settings including a private nursery, out-of-school care, playgroup, crèche and school
Funding & Fees
When you are thinking about starting college, one of the most important things to consider is funding and how you intend to pay for some of the costs that come with being a student.
If you are thinking about applying for a course at Edinburgh College we have provided a number of resources to guide you smoothly through this process.