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Childhood Practice ( Part time ) HNC

(SCQF level 7)

Health, Social Care & Early Education, Education and Humanities

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Mode of Study


Start Date

17th Sep 2020, 36 weeks


External Site


£ 740


This course is for individuals interested in a career in the early education and childcare field or for those wishing to pursue further study for example, within Primary Education or Childhood Practice.

The course is approved by the Scottish Social Services Council as a suitable qualification for registration as a Child Development Officer.

The main aim of the HNC is to provide an integrated course of values, skills and knowledge to equip candidates to work effectively within an early education and childcare settings.  The specific aims will enable you to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the values and principles which underpin work in social services: childhood practice settings.
  • Understand how the National Care Standards and SSSC Codes of Practice inform their working practices.
  • Integrate knowledge, theory and practice effectively in a variety of childhood practice settings.
  • Develop skills appropriate for working with a range of individuals in childhood practice settings.
  • Have an individual and person centred focus in their practice.
  • Practice in an anti-discriminatory manner.
  • Prepare learners for employment in a childhood practice and to develop the skills of existing workers.
  • Critically evaluate their practice and to be reflective practitioners.
  • Develop a working knowledge of current legislation, policy, guidance and practice methods.
  • Engage in continuous professional development.
  • Facilitate progression (for those who wish) to higher education. 

The structure of the course includes lectures, research tasks, presentations and group discussions.  This is an interactive course which includes blended learning and encourages your active participation. Industry experts will be invited to speak with student groups. The staff group consists of lecturers from a variety of early education, health and social care backgrounds.

HNC Childhood Practice part-time students will complete a minimum of one day per week on placement throughout the duration of the course to allow development of experience and completion of three SVQ3 units.

Please Note - The course will be taught one day per week for two academic years, August 2020 to June 2022. The cost shown is for Year 1 only.  

This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 7. For more information on the framework visit:

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • Two Highers at Grade C or above, preferably including English; OR
  • NC Early Education and Childcare Level 6.
  • Equivalent qualifications such as SVQ3 will be considered.

Additional selection requirements

  • Experience within an early education – voluntary or employed – would be extremely beneficial.
  • You'll be invited for an interview where there will be the opportunity to find out more about the course and tell us why you're interested in this subject area.
  • You'll also need to provide a reference from your most recent educational provider (if you're in education) or employer.
  • Please note, for a number of the articulation options, Level 5 Maths is required.  This is offered by City of Glasgow College as Lifeskills Maths.

What you study

Units you'll cover on the course include: -

  • Care in Contemporary Society.
  • Leadership Starts with Me.
  • Lifespan Development Theoretical Approaches.
  • Health, Wellbeing and Safeguarding.
  • Support for Play Learning and Development.
  • Facilitating Playwork Opportunities.

A range of other units is also included to meet the requirements of the award.

After the course


This award prepares you for employment within the early education and childcare field.

Continuing Study

On successful completion, you can progress to degree programmes in the Early Education sector such as BA Childhood Studies/Childhood Practice at the University of the West of Scotland or BA in Primary Education at the University of Strathclyde as well as other universities across Scotland.  


How the course is taught

The course will be taught one day per week for two academic years, August 2020 to June 2022.

Assessment methods

All assessments are ongoing throughout the year relating to the unit and course material. These take various forms including written assignments and group presentations. The college Virtual Learning Environment, MyCity, is used extensively for assessment submission, feedback and results as well as for teaching materials.

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    17th Sep 2020, 36 weeks
  • Location:
    External Site
  • Cost:
    £ 740