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Childhood Practice HNC

(SCQF level 7)

Health, Social Care & Early Education, Education and Humanities

Applications closed

Mode of Study


Start Date

31st Aug 2020, 1 year


City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


This course combines the knowledge, theory and practice you need to work in the early years sector. It is suitable for those aiming to work within early years, and for those already employed in sector looking for a formal qualification or to upskill. The course is approved by the Scottish Social Services Council as a suitable qualification for registration as a Child Development Officer.

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 including English; OR
  • NPA Health & Social Care: Children & Young People plus 1 Higher; OR
  • NC Level 6 Higher Early Education & Childcare; OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience.

Additional selection requirements

  • You'll be invited for a group and/or individual interview where you’ll get 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.

ESOL entry requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have minimum ESOL Intermediate level 2 or equivalent for NC/NQ courses and ESOL Higher for HNC/D courses.

What you study

The units you'll cover include:

  • Child Development.
  • Working with 0-3.
  • Working with 3-6.
  • Leadership.
  • Play & Support for Families.
  • Graded Unit.
  • Contemporary Issues.

After the course


Possible progression to employment in private or public sector.

Continuing Study

Possible progression to:-

  • B. Ed Primary Teaching (must have Higher English & Nat 5 Maths).
  • BA Childhood Practice.
  • B Ed Social Services & Education.


How the course is taught

The course is taught using a variety of Learning & Teaching methods.

Assessment methods

Various assessment methods used to meet the needs of the students, SQA requirements and college quality procedures.

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    31st Aug 2020, 1 year
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome