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HND Childhood Practice (1)

  • Start date:   August 2023
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 8
  • Course Type:   Part-time (Evenings)

HND Childhood Practice

This course allows you to improve your career prospects by studying at a more advanced level and to progress to SCQF level 9 courses. Level 9 is required by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) for managers in the sector. The course has been structured to allow for individuals who have completed a 12 credit HNC Childhood Practice to gain the necessary credits on completion to gain the full HND Childhood Practice award.

Start date: August 2023 
Days of week:Tuesdays and Thursdays 
Time: 6pm-9pm 
Duration:2 Years  

Cost: The cost of this course is based on how many credits are required. At a cost of £125 per credit, the HND yr 2 has 15 credits, therefore £1875 split over 2 years, If you require to do additional credits due to only having a 12 credit HNC then an additional 3 credits at £375 will be needed to complete the full HND at 30 credits.  

 (PFG funding available) 

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    What the course includes

    The course includes: 

    • Pedagogical approaches and how these are embedded within Scottish education 
    • Team-working and leadership  
    • Integrated working and collaborative practice 
    • Two SVQ level 4 units relating to leading on the Creativity and Communication of children and young people 
    • Opportunity to lead and implement projects involving children and young people 

Why choose this course

You will gain practical experience in our purpose-built playroom and outdoor classroom. 

Entry requirements

  • HNC Childhood Practice Group Award (or equivalent HNC on the SQA framework) with Graded Unit at C grade.  
  • Working within a suitable childcare/related setting or have the opportunity to source a suitable placement. 
  • IT skills (for assessments) desirable 

We welcome applications from people with relevant life and work experience. 

An Enhanced Disclosure Scotland application is required. This will be carried out with the college if a place is offered.  

If English is not your first language, ESOL Level 5 is an entry requirement for this course. 


  • Where it will lead

    Education: PDA Level 9 or degree-level courses. West Lothian College has an exclusive articulation agreement with advance standing into year 2 of the full time BA (Hons) Education Studies (Primary) at Queen Margaret University or year 3 of BA (Hons) Education Studies (Non-teaching). These spaces are limited and applicants who submit a competitive application will be considered. In addition, students are successful in gaining places on BA Childhood Practice courses. 

    Employment: In childcare with statutory, voluntary or private organisations including schools, nurseries, creches and family centres. Previous students have found employment with West Lothian Council Early Years Settings and several private nurseries. 

Interview arrangements

If we invite you for an interview, plan to be in college for around two hours. The interview consists of: 

  • Course information 
  • Interview 
  • Short written task 

Please bring evidence of any qualifications and/or any employment references. 

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