Childhood Practice - HND - YR1


21 Aug 2023


14 Jun 2024

The subject areas include Leadership Starts with Me, Care in a Contemporary Society, Health, Wellbeing and Safeguarding, and Support for Play, Learning and Development. Students carry out a substantial part of this course in an actual childcare setting. Work placement is necessary to complete the full award. Please read the Important Notice at

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HNC in Childhood Practice at SCQF Level 7


Full-time 36 week course, 2 days per week in college/online learning. You will undertake a 4 week block placement in November and 2 days per week from February onwards.


Scottish Borders Campus

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Entry requirements

Students who successfully complete the NC Early Education and Childcare/NC Childcare and Development or SVQ 2 in Early Years subjects, or a Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services and Healthcare or Children and Young People.Alternatively applicants who possess 2 Highers at grade C or above, one of which should be English, will also be considered. Potential candidates must have passed Literacy or Communications at SCQF Level 6. Applicants may be required to complete a preparatory course as a condition of being placed on this course. It would be desirable for applicants to have an awareness of the current curricula delivered in education and/or knowledge of child development. Students will also be required to complete a PVG (Protection of Vulnerable Groups) form.

Progression opportunities

Successful completion of the Childhood Practice HNC may enable students to apply for undergraduate programmes in Primary Teaching or a BA in Childhood Studies. HND Childhood Practice is also offered as possible progression route. The qualification allows registration with the SSSC (Scottish Social Services Council) as an Early Years Practitioner. Successful completion of the HND Childhood Practice may enable students to apply to study Childhood Practice qualifications at SCQF Level 9


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