Childhood Practice NC SCQF Level 6

What is special about this course?

This group award provides a broad-based study of the range of topics, both theory and practice based, related to early learning and childcare that are required for progression to areas of study or employment at support worker level within a childhood practice setting. 

The NC Childhood Practice at SCQF level 6 is appropriate for those who wish to pursue a career in early learning and childcare or wish to progress onto further study in education such as a qualification in Childhood Practice; this may be the HNC in Childhood Practice at SCQF level 7. 

The NC Childhood Practice at SCQF level 6 will allow learners to work in an early learning and childcare setting as a worker who has delegated responsibility for providing support to children and young people; and who provide support to the process of the health and wellbeing of children and young people.

This course will offer the opportunity for placement within a childhood practice setting, where they will be developing fundamental skills to work within the sector.

Entry requirements

  • 4 National 5s at C or above, one must be English.
  • Direct entry to the programme upon successful completion of the Introduction to Childhood Practice Level 5
  • A PVG is required after applying. All applicants will require a PVG.

Units may include:

  • Child Development
  • Child Development: Theory
  • Services for Children and Young People
  • Planning for Practice
  • Planning for Practice:Workplace experience
  • Sociology of Childhood
  • Providing an Inclusive Curriculum in childhood practice
  • Care and Feeding of Children and Young People
  • Supporting the Language, Literacy and Numeracy in Childhood Practice setting
  • Influences on mental health and wellbeing
  • Protecting and Promoting the Rights of the Child
  • Communication
  • Numeracy
  • Information and communication technology

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time

You will learn through face-to-face delivery on our campus with further learning available via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE).

How long will my course last?

1 Year
  • Full-time: 30 hours per week
  • Part-time: 2 Years, 15 hours per week

Where can I study my course?

    Start date



    If you have been living in the UK for at least 3 years, are ordinary resident in Scotland before the course start date it is likely that you will not have to pay fees for your full time course.  Please check our Fee Waiver Policy.

    Full time students will automatically receive the fee waiver if they are eligible. We will use the information provided on your course application form to determine whether you are eligible. 

    Scottish students

    Further Education course  (SQCF 1-6)



    Full-time per year



    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) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

    Further Education course  (SQCF 1-6)


    Full-time per year


    International students

    For students who do not normally reside in the UK, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

    Further Education course  (SQCF 1-6)


    Full time per year


     Fees are payable on enrolment each academic year.

    Please contact if you have any further questions on fees.

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    Once you have successfully completed this course, you might like to consider careers in:

    • Support Worker in Childhood Practice
    • Pupil Support Assistant in Primary Education

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