Childhood Practice HNC
Course code 173X
What is special about this course?
If you enjoy working with children and would like to make a difference to their formative years, the HNC Childhood Practice is the ideal course for you.
This is a nationally recognised qualification and valued award for people who want to work in a variety of early learning and childcare 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 anti-discriminatory practice, in line with the National Care Standards and Scottish Social Services Council Codes of Practice.
On successful completion you will be eligible to register with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) at practitioner level.
- You will undertake a 60-day work placement which includes completion of three units from the SVQ 3 Social Services: Children and Young People
- The course meets the registration requirements set by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) for those working in a day care or children's services setting
- You can study full-time or part-time (at some campuses) to suit your own personal circumstances
- At certain campuses individual units can be studied as continuous professional development (CPD)
We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.
- 2 Scottish Highers at grade C or above OR
- 1 A level at grade D or above
- These should preferably include English, PLUS
- 4 National 5s or Standard Grades at Credit level, or equivalent, one of which should be English if you do not have a Higher or A level
- Alternatively, the NC Early Education and Childcare/Childhood Practice or equivalent OR the completion of a Foundation Apprenticeship Social Services (Children and Young People)
- Prospective students without the standard entry requirements are encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis
- This is a Category 1 PVG course: PVG Scheme membership is required to successfully achieve target qualification, where there is guaranteed contact with vulnerable groups in key elements of the course. For further information visit our PVG scheme webpage
- Experience in a relevant setting or similar work, either in a voluntary capacity or as an informal carer is essential
- For part-time study at UHI Outer Hebrides, applicants must be employed in a suitable setting. To discuss options or apply for part-time study, please contact email@example.com
- NC Early Education and Childcare or equivalent
Year 1 - HNC
Mandatory units are:
- Care in contemporary society
- Leadership starts with me
- Health wellbeing and safeguarding
- Lifespan development theoretical approaches
- Promote effective communication
- Promote health, safety and security in the work setting
- Develop your practice through reflection and learning
- Support for play learning and development or playwork opportunities
- Graded unit 1
Three options units must be taken which may include some of the following:
- Promoting language, literacy and numeracy
- Collaborative working
- Supporting children and young people’s behaviour
- Supporting children and young people with additional support needs
- Working with children 0-3
- Working with children 3-5
- Working with children 5-8
Option units available may vary depending on study location, for more information contact your chosen campus.
How will I study my course?
- Part-time (structured): available at certain campuses
- Part-time (unstructured): available at certain campuses
- You will learn through a combination of face-to-face and video conference lectures, and online study via the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE)
How long will my course last?
- Full-time: 1 year
- Part-time (structured): 2 years
Where can I study my course?
- North, West and Hebrides - Thurso; Stornoway*; Fort William
- Orkney College UHI - full-time only
This course is available to study in Gaelic at our Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI campus - please visit the course page for details.
*For part-time study at UHI North, West and Hebrides (Stornoway), applicants must be employed in a suitable setting. To discuss options or apply for part-time study, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- January (UHI North, West and Hebrides and UHI Shetland only)
Find out more about fees, fee waivers and funding options.
UHI has a number of scholarships, bursaries, awards, and discretionary fund opportunities available to new and current students. Please use the A-Z of funds or use the filter to see which ones may be relevant to you. All students are welcome to apply.
Further information on funding your studies is also available, please see the attached link or contact the relevant UHI partner.
What can I do on completion of my course?
The HNC Childhood Practice will improve your career prospects in a range of early learning and childcare settings.
Can I progress into further study?
You will be able to progress onto a variety of degree courses, following successful interview, such as:
Is there more information available online?
You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.
I really enjoyed the video conference discussions with my tutor as they made it seem like we were in the same room. She was hugely supportive during my online studies. I've gained experience in a work place setting which has helped in both my current childcare and dance jobs. This will also make applying for roles easier as it shows some previous experience.
Sarah Blacklaw, HNC Early Education and Childcare graduate, UHI Argyll campus.
This course, particularly the practical experience of the twelve week placement, has given me a great platform to start my future career and I now feel much more confident in the work place and more keen to learn. I learned lots of new skills from the staff who are extremely kind and helpful. The style of teaching is easy to follow. You just need to stay motivated and be prepared to work on your own at home.
Leah Mackay is studying on the HNC Childhood Practice at UHI Outer Hebrides campus.
Apply for Childhood Practice HNC
- Applications to this course are now closed for September 2023 entry. Applications for September 2024 will open in September 2023. Please revisit this page then to apply.
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