Course Levels

Introductory courses to HNCs, HNDs and Degrees

Campus Locations

Dunfermline, Glenrothes, Kirkcaldy, Levenmouth

Study Options

Full-time, Part-time, Work-based learning

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Start studying in August 2024

Why Choose Childhood Studies at Fife College?

With huge demand in Scotland currently for qualified early learning and childcare workers, there has never been a better time to turn your dream of working with children into a reality. Whether you want to work as an Early Years Practitioner, Early Years Support Worker, Pupil Support Assistant or Play Worker, you will get to use the knowledge and skills learned on your college course to change the world, one little person at a time!

Our wide range of childhood studies courses, from introductory certificates in Early Learning and Childcare, through to HNC, HND and degrees, will provide you with the transferable skills and practical work experience you need to advance in a career in early learning and childcare. And for those already working within this sector, our flexible work-based and part-time study options mean you can fit studying around work and family commitments.

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Our Childhood Studies Courses

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We offer courses in the following subjects:

  • Early Learning and Childcare
  • Childhood Practice
  • Childhood Studies
  • Working with Communities
  • Introduction to Care Practice

Progress to a Degree

Did you know that an HNC or HND qualification is the equivalent of first year (HNC) or second year (HND) of a degree at university?

So depending on the subject studied, successfully completing an HNC or HND at Fife College could mean that you have the opportunity to progress on to Year 2 or 3 of a related degree course.

For example, the following route to a degree at Fife College is currently available to students of HNC: Childhood Practice:

Year 1: HNC: Childhood Practice    

Year 2: HND: Childhood Practice 

Year 3/4: BA (Hons): Childhood Studies

Studying at Fife College can be a cost-effective, local alternative route to a degree, in the same amount of time as studying at university!



What Happens after I Apply?

There are four possible outcomes from your interview:

(For courses where an interview is not required, you may be asked for additional information e.g. a portfolio, before a decision is made.)

1. Unconditional offer: you have met all the entry requirements and your place is guaranteed.

2. Conditional offer: your place is secured pending meeting the entry requirements.


3. You may be added to a waiting list: you have met all entry requirements; however, the course is full.

If any spaces become available, you will be contacted nearer the course start date.

4. Unsuccessful: speak to our Guidance Team.
       They may be able to help you find another suitable course.

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