Childhood Practice BA (Hons)
Course code X310
What is special about this course?
This fully-online honours degree offers practitioners in a wide range of childhood practice settings the opportunity to gain the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) recognised qualification to be a lead practitioner.
You will have the opportunity to relate theory to real working practice and investigate, in-depth, an area of interest to you.
The course is designed to meet the Scottish subject benchmark statement, the Standard for Childhood Practice.
On successful completion of the course you will have acquired the skills and knowledge to move on to a lead practitioner role. Similarly, you will be well equipped to take further professional qualifications or a PGDE.
- The course offers flexible study routes which are based on previous qualifications and relevant workplace experience
- On completion of the ordinary degree (BA) you will gain the SSSC recognised qualification to be a lead practitioner
- The course meets the Scottish benchmark statement: the Standard for Childhood Practice
- The course offers the opportunity for you to specialise in areas of personal/professional interest
- Modules focus on practical skills in the workplace and offer you an opportunity to link your developing professional practice with theory, current policy and legislation
- The course is delivered entirley online and can be studied from anywhere in Scotland
- You must have at least two years work experience in an appropriate setting PLUS
- A recognised SSSC practitioner qualification such as HNC Childhood Practice OR
- A relevant SCQF level 7 qualification, for example: Social Services: Children and Young People; Children’s Care Learning and Development/Playwork; or equivalent. For applicants without sufficient credits, modules are available to help you reach the required level
- You must be employed within a relevant workplace environment
- You may be required to attend a guidance interview, in person or by telephone, to discuss the course in detail and to explain the method of teaching
- Alternative entry will be considered based on relevant professional qualifications recognised by SSSC plus appropriate experience
Year 1 - DipHE
- Assuring quality in a childhood practice setting
- Practitioner research in childhood practice
- Developing leadership capacity in childhood practice
- Collaboration and reflective practice childhood practice
You will also choose two option modules which may include:
- Play and childhood
- Recognising and challenging discrimination and disadvantage
- Health psychology
- Principles and foundations of health promotion
- Adolescence: development and individual differences
- Specialist provision
- Providing a curriculum for life
- Care and control
- Working in partnership
- Youth behaviour and society
- Individual society and health continuum
- The enquiring student (mandatory option)
Year 2 - BA
- Promoting children’s rights and inclusion in childhood practice
- Contemporary issues in childhood practice
- Leading change in childhood practice
- Developing a childhood workplace project
- Leading a childhood practice workplace project
- Co-ordination, partnership and integration in childhood practice
Year 3 - BA (Hons)
- Comparative childcare: a European perspective
- Professional reflection
You will also choose two option modules which may include:
- Childhood and adolescent mental health
- Globalised view of childcare
- Personal and professional reflection
- Food and behaviour
- Disability and society
- Comparative health studies
- Research with children and young people
- The UNCRC: Investigating exploitation, youth justice and education
- Developmental disorders
- Psychopathology mental health and wellbeing
- Comparative health studies
- Insider and outsiders
You must also complete a dissertation.
How will I study my course?
- You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
- Part-time (structured)
- Part-time (unstructured)
- You will also be required to attend a face-to-face induction at the start of your course
How long will my course last?
Depending on entry level, which is based on credit awarded from previous qualifications:
- Part-time (structured): 2-6 years
- Part-time (unstructured): 2-6 years
Where can I study my course?
- Argyll College UHI
- Inverness College UHI
- Lews Castle College UHI
- Moray College UHI
- North Highland College UHI
- Orkney College UHI
- Perth College UHI - applications for January 2022 are now closed for this location
- Shetland College UHI
- West Highland College UHI
For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:
- EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
- EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
- EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
|Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year||£645||£645|
|Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)||£215||£215|
Rest of UK students
For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) without a term-time address in Scotland,i.e. studying from their home country, or assessed as RUK fee status, the following fees apply:
|Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year||£3,060||£3,060|
|Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)||£1,020||£1,020|
All fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.
This course is not available to students domiciled outside of the UK or for international students (including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled status in the UK) requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study here.. For students living in the UK and assessed as international for fee status, the following fees will apply:
This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
|Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year||£3,204||£3,240|
|Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)||£1,068||£1,080|
External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact your enrolling college for more information.
What can I do on completion of my course?
Once you have successfully completed your ordinary degree BA Childhood Practice course, you will have gained a qualification recognised by the Scottish Social Service Council for Lead Practitioner in a wide range of day care and children's services settings. In addition, it will also provide valuable CPD for those working in the sector
- SVQ assessor
- Childhood practice manager
- Roles in local and national childcare initiatives
- Teacher training
- Early learning and childcare tutor
- Care inspectorate
Can I progress into further study?
You can progress from the BA (Hons) Childhood Practice to the following University of the Highlands and Island's postgraduate course:
Is there more information available online?
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What our students, graduates and staff say
After completing my degree I progressed on to the PGDE Education (Primary) which I have just completed. I am due to start my probation teaching year shortly. During my studies I also changed jobs from working as an early years practitioner at my local authority nursery, to becoming childcare manager for the area putting into use my childhood practice degree. I am loving every aspect of the job although at the minute things are rather chaotic and challenging as I am currently responsible for setting up the local emergency childcare hubs in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Carla Gallon completed the BA (Hons) Childhood Practice at Inverness College UHI in 2018.
Without this degree, I would never have had the confidence to consider being an SVQ Assessor. It gave me the knowledge, skills and showcased the qualities necessary to work with individuals wishing to develop their own careers.
Angela Cameron graduated with a BA (Hons) Childhood Practice, in 2016.
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