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  • Start date:   August 2022
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 8
  • Course Type:   Full-time


Please be aware this course is now full. Alternatively, you can explore other courses on our website or email if you wish to speak to a member of staff.

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.



Read about Stephen Burns' West Lothian College experience here

  • What the course includes

    The course includes:

    • Pedagogical approaches
    • Team-working and leadership
    • Integrated working and collaborative practice
    • Two SVQ level 4 units

Why choose this course

You will have the chance of work experience to develop industry-relevant skills, and gain practical experience in our purpose-built playroom and outdoor classroom.

Entry requirements

  • HNC CP (96 SCQF credits) plus 24 SCQF credits from relevant units in the HND Childhood Practice Framework 

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.

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    Where it leads

    Education: year 3 BA childhood practice or SQA level 9 award.

    Employment: Roles in childhood practice in statutory, voluntary or private organisations.

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.

Fees, Finance & Funding

There may be help available to assist with your study related costs. Impartial, confidential help and advice on financial matters is available from the Student Funding Team - including Bursaries, Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), Student Awards Agency for Scotland, Student Loans Company and student support funds. Click here to find out more

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Take that next step in your career and apply for this course today. If the course is not yet open for applications, feel free to ask any questions by clicking make an enquiry.