COURSE INFORMATION

This course will provide you with a rich understanding of working with children and young people, and will help you to integrate knowledge and theory into practice, including the importance of the National Care Standards and Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) Codes of Practice.

 

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

 

You will participate in a minimum SQA Mandatory requirement of 60 days of practice based experience in an Early Learning and Childcare Setting where you will also undertake 3 SVQ (Vocational Qualification) units.

 

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. 

This course is perfect for young people and adults who are looking to get back into education or those who are progressing on from our NC Early Education and Childcare course.

 

 

  • Teamwork
  • Leadership skills
  • Good communication
  • Confident, adaptable, self-aware, reflective and resilient
  • Full-time study is one academic year and days of study are different depending on campus
  • Part-time study is offered on a Tuesday and Thursday evening at our Dunfermline Campus and takes up to two years to complete

This course is perfect for young people and adults who are looking to get back into education or those who are progressing on from our NC Early Education and Childcare course.

The award will allow you to work with children and young people aged between 0 and 18 years. You will learn about the values, principles and laws relevant to a career in the early years sector.

This course will teach a wide range of topics including leadership skills, child development, childcare theory, health and well being, care in contemporary society along with the theoretical and practical understanding of the benefits of play.  

You will participate in a minimum requirement of 60 days of practical experience where you will also undertake 3 SVQ (Vocational Qualification) units.

You should be 17 years of age or over when applying for the course and should have experience of working with children. You should also possess one of the following:

  • Two Highers at Grade C or above, including English at A or B
  • Foundation Apprenticeship: Social Services and Healthcare SCQF Level 6 plus Higher English at Grade A or B
  • Foundation Apprenticeship: Social Services: Children and Young People SCQF Level 6 plus Higher English at Grade A or B
  • National Certificate: Early Education and Childcare group award
  • SVQ: Social Services (Children and Young People) SCQF Level 6
  • Other SCQF Level 6 qualifications and experience of working in childcare will be considered on an individual basis

PLUS

  • If you are considering progression to Higher Education teacher training courses, you should note that you are likely to require two additional Highers, including English at Grade A or B, and National 5 Maths at Grade C or above to be considered by most HE institutions
  • You will also require a PVG check through Disclosure Scotland in order to go out on the placement(s) as part of this course
  • HND: Childhood Practice SCQF Level 8
  • HND: Additional Support Needs: Managing and Supporting the Services SCQF Level 8
  • BA: Learning Difficulties/Disabilities SCQF Level 9
  • BA: Childhood Practice Level 9
  • BA: Primary Education Level 9
  • It is possible to progress on to a degree at university from this course - see our HE and Degree Pathways guide for more information
  • On completion you can apply for registration as an SSSC professional and go into employment in various childcare settings at Practitioner level.
  • Students are required to purchase stationery and textbooks at an approximate total value of £75
  • You should also ensure that you have appropriate clothing and outdoor footwear as you will be expected to participate in outdoor learning activities whilst in college and on work placement
  • Evidence of interest in the childcare sector from a personal statement
  • Qualifications as detailed on application
  • You may be required to take part in an informal conversation as part of the application process. This group/individual conversation may be an information session, a portfolio discussion, or a skills based exercise
  • Reference to support application or school transition form where applicable
  • Must be 17 years of age at start of study
  • Eligibility for membership of the PVG scheme to attend the mandatory 60 days’ work placement