HNC Childhood Practice

Course Content

Enables you to gain the values, skills, knowledge and experience to develop a career as a practitioner within a range of childhood practice settings. There are a wide variety of topics covered, although learning how to provide effective support for children’s holistic needs and developing your professional practice are key elements of this award. 

You will advance your current knowledge and understanding of the key legislation, policies and frameworks which underpin work with children and apply these to practice. The workplace element is also an important part of this course and will involve you in planning, implementing, evaluating, observing and assessing children’s play.   

There are three mandatory SVQ units and evidence is gathered from the topics covered, observation of work experience and through discussion with your Development Officer.  Work experience can be nursery provision or early primary.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 2 SQA Highers at C grade or above, preferably including English, plus significant experience of working with children (paid or voluntary) or successful completion of the NC Early Education and Childcare or Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services Children and Young People.  It is also advantageous if candidates have current knowledge of the Scottish curriculum in operation in the early years.
All applicants will require an acceptable Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) record check prior to commencing work experience.

Method of Assessment

A range of assessment methods are used including projects, reports, essay writing and observation in the work placement. Learners must also complete a graded unit.  Workplace practice is of primary importance in this award. This practice will be assessed either in a placement setting or the learner’s place of work.  Practice competence will be assessed through a Work Experience Portfolio which includes the achievement of three mandatory SVQ Units from SVQ Social services: Children and Young People Award at Level 3 (SCQF level 7).

Future Prospects

Successful completion can facilitate progression to the PDA/HND Childhood Practice (SCQF Level 8) or employment at practitioner level. This nationally-recognised programme is accepted for registration with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) as an Early Years Practitioner. Success gives opportunities to work in private or voluntary day care settings, nursery classes, nursery schools or any other related provision.


Course Overview
  • Study Type

    Part-Time Evening/Weekends

  • Campus

    Gardyne Campus

  • Start Date

    25 Feb 2020

  • SCQF Level


  • Duration


  • Subject Area

    Children & Young People

  • Course Fee

    All course fees are reviewed annually, and subject to change. Published fees apply to the courses mode of delivery.

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