SCQF Level 7
Childhood Practice & SVQ Provision

Course Overview
The part-time evening HNC Childhood Practice is for applicants interested in a career in the early education, childcare or playwork sectors or for those wishing to pursue further study for example, within Childhood Practice or Primary Education. This qualification is accepted by the Scottish Social Services Council for registration as a practitioner in daycare of children service.

This is a nationally recognised qualification and valued award for people who want to work in a variety of settings, supporting children and young people with varying needs.

This course will give you a deep 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 Codes of Practice.

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. A career in childhood practice is more than just a job. With plenty of opportunities for progression, each day can be different, full of variety and full of adventures. Take your next step towards changing your life and the lives of children.
What You Will Learn
During the course, the students will learn values, skills and knowledge to enable them to support children and young people. This will include:
  • Developing an understanding of the values and principles that underpin work in childhood practice settings
  • Understanding how the National Care Standards and SSSC Codes of Practice inform working practices in the childhood practice sector
  • Developing an understanding of the variety of childhood practice settings in the sector
  • Developing skills appropriate for working with and supporting a wide range of individuals in childhood practice settings
  • Learning how to ensure inclusion in everyday work practice
  • Critically evaluating your practice and being a reflective practitioner
  • Developing good working knowledge of current legislation, policy and guidance
Placement Information
  • This course has a mandatory work placement 
  • There are specific units of study in this course which must be achieved in the workplace 
  • You will be required to work in a childcare workplace setting for 60 days throughout your course 
  • This can be in your usual workplace or in voluntary placement 
Entry Requirements
  • A minimum of two Highers one of which should be English  
  • Or pass a relevant NC at SCQF Level 6 or SVQ Level 2 Children’s Care Learning and Development/Social Services Children and Young People  
  • If you do not have the formal entry requirements but you have significant experience of working with children you will also be considered: please detail this in your personal statement 
  • It is preferable, but not essential, that applicants have some experience of working in early learning or childcare settings 
English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 6.0
How the course is assessed
  • You will be continually assessed through a combination of project work, essays, closed book assessments and presentations. 
Progression And Articulation Routes
  • This course is intended to enable registration with the SSSC as a practitioner 
  • BA Childhood Practice 
  • PDA Childhood Practice Level 9 
  • HND Childhood Practice 
  • To progress to higher qualification experience of working in a childcare setting is essential and for many there will also be a requirement to be working in a supervisory role 
Download our progression route map here
Career Opportunities
  • Further study options include degree-level courses such as BA Childhood Practice and Level 9 PDA Childhood Practice.
Number Of Days Per Week
  • Midlothian campus - Tuesday 4.30pm-8.30pm over 18 months 
  • Granton campus – Thursday 7pm-9pm over 2 years 
Course Cost And Funding Options
Fee: £777 Midlothian evening (year 1)
Fee: £777 Granton evening (year 1)
Student Stories
Student Nicola Brown attended College to take her career in a new direction – swapping hairdressing for a career in childcare. Nicola was the winner of the Childhood Practice Academic Excellence award at the College’s Prize Giving ceremony last month, and we caught up with her to find out about her College journey: 

“I am very happy about being recognised at Prize Giving. I have loved meeting so many new people whilst being on this course, and I have made lots of new friends. 

A couple months after starting the course I found out I was pregnant and I thought that I would really struggle to complete everything in the course due to taking time off for appointments and working two days as well as being at College. To keep on track, I stuck to a plan and made sure I handed everything in on time and studied regularly. This helped me stay motivated and focused to finish the course before the baby came. 

My plan for the future is to take this year off on maternity leave with my new baby and then return next August to complete my HNC in Childcare. My end goal is to become a Childhood Practitioner and work with children. 

I would just like to say thank you to my lecturers for their help and support through this course. It means a lot to me and without their positivity and encouragement I don’t know how I would have stayed motivated.” 
Start Date and Time


This course will start on…
  • Monday 31/08/2020
  • Tuesday 01/09/2020
End Date


This course will end on...
  • Thursday 01/04/2021
  • Friday 18/06/2021
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Courses may be subject to alteration or cancellation

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