HNC
Childhood Practice SCQF Level 7

This course will prepare you to work as a practitioner, and will provide you with the values and principles which underpin working life in early education and childcare.

Overview

Why take this course?

This course develops essential knowledge and understanding relating to working as a practitioner within a setting. Upon completion candidates are eligible to register with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) at practitioner level.

A mandatory placement opportunity will be provided to students who demonstrate appropriate skills and values.

What you will experience

This course will give you an in-depth understanding of working with children and young people, specifically focusing on rights and provision, protection and participation, contemporary issues for children and families and promoting language, literacy and numeracy in Early Education and Childcare. You will also look at more specific areas such as working with those who have additional support needs, and how to understand/support child behaviour.

The course covers a wide range of theory in order to effectively prepare you for progressing to further study or employment.

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Key facts

Mode of study
Full-time
Where you can study
Duration
1 Year
Subject area
View the full course specification PDF, 52KB

Entry requirements

Applicants should have two Highers (one of which should be English) or successful completion of an appropriate level 6 course such as NC Early Education and Childcare SCQF Level 6.

A clear disclosure or ability to gain membership of the PVG scheme in respect of Regulated Work with Children will be required prior to placement allocation. Please note that your membership will be organised by the College.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, please view the specific English language requirements for this course.

What you need to know

Next steps

Education

At North East Scotland College

At University

HNC Childhood Practice can help candidates gain entry to a number of professional degree programmes including Primary School Teaching. Full information is available in the course specification PDF.

Employment

Employment opportunities are commonly available in an early years setting and will include roles such as:

  • Childhood Practitioner
  • Childminder
  • Nanny
  • Playworker

The following infographic provides information on current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. Follow the link on the infographic to view a larger image.

For more information about job opportunities, salaries and employment rates in this industry, visit the Career Coach website.

Infographic detailing current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire

Availability

Aberdeen City Campus

STARTS Duration Code
August 2017
1 Year
DBCC
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Online applications

You can apply for a place on this course by completing an online application form, which you can access using the 'Apply Online' button. Once completed, this will be received by our Admissions Team who will then process your application.

Paper applications

You may submit a paper application form, and return it to us completed and signed.

All completed paper applications should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
FREEPOST RTJJ-TXBA-AEZS
Aberdeen City Campus
Gallowgate
Aberdeen
Scotland
UK AB25 1BN

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330
Email: enquiry@nescol.ac.uk

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website: www.nescol.ac.uk, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.