This Higher course is intended for those interested in pursuing a career at HNC level or gaining an additional qualification prior to university. This course will provide a strong foundation for students who either already have childcare qualifications or extended voluntary experience in a classroom or childcare setting.

A career in early learning and childcare involves working with pre-school and school age children often in a play group, out of school care, nursery, or crèche setting.

This course will provide an underpinning knowledge of the subjects studied at HNC: Childhood Practice (the recognised qualification for early years childcare practitioners). Along with academic study skills and guidance to provide you with the knowledge and understanding to successfully undertake further study.

Assessments are scheduled across the year and are mainly National Assessment Bank materials.

  • Teamwork
  • Leadership skills
  • Good communicator
  • Confident
  • Adaptable
  • Self-aware
  • Reflective and resilient
  • This part-time course will take 34 weeks to complete and will be delivered across two sessions per week
  • The course will enable you to understand child development from pre-birth to 16 and the roles and responsibilities of those who contribute to the development of children and young people
  • You will gain the skills, knowledge and understanding that will help you to contribute to the development of children in personal and professional contexts
  • You will develop an understanding of how children develop and the factors that influence it from pre-birth to 16
  • You will develop an understanding of the theories of development and the way these are applied to working with children and young people
  • You will develop an understanding of initiatives and/or strategies used to inform current childhood practice
  • You will develop an understanding of current services for children and young people

This part-time time course will offer you the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge for working with children, through interactive classroom-based delivery in child-related topics and study skills.

These will form a strong basis for progression onto further childcare courses leading to recognisable and registerable qualifications to work with children and young people.

External Candidates

One of the following:

  • Five National 5s at Grade C or above including English at Grade A or B
  • Consideration will be given to candidates who do not quite meet the entry requirement, but have relevant experience if they are over 21

Internal Candidates

One of the following:

  • Completion of an SCQF Level 5 course, such as Intermediate Certificate: Early Education and Childcare incorporating National Progression Award: Playwork and Childcare with 12 assessed credits including Maths/Numeracy, IT, and Communication at SCQF Level 5
  • Alternative equivalent qualifications will be considered on an individual basis
  • HNC: Childhood Practice SCQF Level 7
  • SVQ: Social Services (Children and Young People) SCQF Level 7 (Work-based Qualification)
  • HNC: Additional Support Needs SCQF Level 7
  • Employment in the childcare sector on further study and completion of registrable childcare qualifications such as HNC: Childhood Practice
  • You will be expected to have the required stationery to complete tasks
  • 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 16 years of age at start of study
  • Eligibility for membership of the PVG scheme