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Routes into Care and Childhood Practice

Campus Granton Campus
Milton Road Campus
Sighthill Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 4

Study mode Full time

Duration 20 weeks

Start date Aug 2024

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Campus Granton Campus Study mode Full time Start date 26/08/24 Duration 20 Weeks
Campus Sighthill Campus Study mode Full time Start date 26/08/24 Duration 20 Weeks
Campus Milton Road Campus Study mode Full time Start date 26/08/24 Duration 20 Weeks

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Course overview

Routes into Care and Childhood Practice is an engaging and nurturing course, that allows students to learn more about how to work with and support children, young people and adults, understand and support their needs, and identify different job roles and opportunities in the caring sector, from birth to older adulthood.

This course has been specially designed to support you in starting your journey towards further study and employment in:

  • Childcare and Early Learning
  • Social Services and Care

This is an SCQF Level 4 course (equivalent to National 4 qualifications).

If you successfully achieve this course you will be automatically offered a place on either a next steps Routes course, Childhood Practice or Health and Social Services, Level 4 or 5 courses in January.

You will be taught by highly qualified and experienced lecturers and have support from the team at Edinburgh College allowing you to progress to the next step of your learning journey while taking part in a wide range of engaging and interactive learning opportunities.

We have created an online notice board (Padlet) to help prepare you for your course. This will be regularly updated with information including contact details, timetables, support info, etc. 

 Routes Padlet

What you will learn

You will learn a wide range of skills including:

  • Meta-skills
  • Communication
  • Working with others
  • Problem-solving
  • Employability
  • Digital communication

Topics will include:

  • An introduction to Social services, health and care
  • An introduction to Childcare, play and learning
  • Wellbeing
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Sustainability

Placement information

  • There is no placement or work experience on this course.

How the course is assessed

  • We will use a range of interactive and engaging activities to assess your work.
  • You will complete a project linked to the key areas of the course, showcasing your learning.
  • You will keep a reflective log of your learning, well-being and experiences.

Number of days per week

  • 3 days per week. 

Days and times are to be confirmed.

Entry requirements

  • There are no formal entry requirements for this course.
  • You should be enthusiastic and committed to working with others and learning about working with others in a range of care services and settings. 
  • Places are limited on this course, we will use your personal statement to help our selection process.

Please follow the guidance below when writing 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?
  • 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

  • You will attend a brief meeting where we can speak to you about your interest in this area of study and discuss any additional help or support we can offer to help you succeed.

English Proficiency Requirements

The English proficiency requirement for this course is IELTS 5.5

Progression and Articulation Routes

If you successfully complete this course you will be automatically offered a place on either:

  • Next steps Routes into Care
  • Childhood Practice, Health and Social Services, Level 4 or 5 courses in January

We will work with you to identify the most suitable course to meet your learning interests and needs.

Career options

This course is designed to introduce you to a range of skills and learning that will support you to further study or employment. 

These future career options could include working with children in a nursery, supporting people with additional support needs or looking after older people in a residential care setting.

Study Options

Campus Study mode Start date Duration
Granton Campus Full time 26/08/24 20 Weeks
Sighthill Campus Full time 26/08/24 20 Weeks
Milton Road Campus Full time 26/08/24 20 Weeks

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