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Childhood Practice & SVQ Provision

SVQ 4 Social Services Children and Young People

Campus Sighthill Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 8

Study mode Evening

Duration 51 weeks

Start date Sep 2024

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Course overview

This course is suitable if you are work in a lead role supporting practitioners, such as a senior, supervisor, or manager. This could be in an early learning and childcare setting offering daycare for children or in a setting that supports children and young people with additional needs.

You should be involved in leading and supporting learning opportunities for the staff and children attending your setting. You will undertake a research project in an area of practice that you would like to improve and implement into your setting's operational plan to ensure you provide high-quality care. This course will also cover a wide range of relevant topics that will support you to take a lead role in your everyday practice.

This is a work-based qualification, you will be allocated an assessor who will work with you to gather evidence through your written work and your assessor's observations of practice, demonstrating your competencies against the National Occupational Standards.

The course runs over 12 months and includes avariety of learning opportunities including, attending monthly classes in college, tutorial sessions with assessors, online learning and research.

What you will learn

  • Provide leadership in your area of responsibility.
  • Lead practices to promote safeguarding.
  • Professional development of your own practice and others.
  • Theoretical leadership skills and approaches.
  • Implement Operational Plans.
  • Different research methods.
  • Legislation, curriculum, and assessment.
  • Lead practice for health and safety.
  • Model communication practices that promote child-centred care.

Placement information

  • You should be employed in a senior role in a childhood practice setting with responsibility for leading and supporting a staff team.

How the course is assessed

  • The course is assessed holistically by reflective accounts, observations, tasks and questions.
  • You will be assigned an assessor who will visit your workplace to undertake observations of your practice.

Number of days per week

  • One 2-hour class per month at Sighthill campus on a Wednesday 7-9 pm.
  • Weekly support sessions on a Thursday evening.
  • Regular 1-1 meetings with your workplace assessor, at your workplace, at a college campus or online.

Entry requirements

One of the following qualifications - 

  • SVQ 3 Social Services Children and Young People
  • SVQ 3 Playwork
  • HNC Childhood Practice

Other awards that the SSSC accept to register as a practitioner in the daycare services for children are also accepted, please contact jacqueline.vural@edinburghcollege for advice.

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 (please upload certificates).
  • 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.

English Proficiency Requirements

IELTS 5.5

Progression and Articulation Routes

This qualification is a good way to gain credits at SCQF 8 for anyone who plans to study at a higher level. The credits are accepted towards the PDA Level 9 Childhood Practice and most universities will accept them towards the BA Childhood Practice.

Career options

  • Manager or deputy manager in a childhood practice setting.

Study Options

Campus Study mode Start date Duration
Sighthill Campus Evening 02/09/24 51 Weeks

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