HNC Childhood Practice

This course is aimed at those who wish to gain employment as an early learning and childcare practitioner. This sector is expanding and demand for qualified early years staff is set to rise. The course will provide the student with a wide knowledge of the factors which influence children's care and their learning and development. Students will gain an understanding of the principles, values and legislation underpinning early years practice. The course also provides opportunities to relate theory to practice with a practical placement for two days each week, which will give candidates the opportunity to see first-hand how early years settings operate.

Course content includes:

  • Care in Contemporary Society
  • Leadership Starts with Me
  • Health Wellbeing and Safeguarding
  • Lifespan Development Theoretical Approaches
  • Promote Effective Communication
  • Promote Health, Safety and Security in the Work setting
  • Develop your Practice through Reflection and Learning
  • Graded Unit 1
  • Support for Play Learning and Development
  • Promoting Language Literacy and Numeracy
  • Supporting our Youngest Children 0-3
  • Working with Children 3-6

  • Early Years Practitioner

The qualification has been identified as appropriate for early education and childcare practitioners and successful completion of the course will enable you to seek employment to work with children in a range of public and private settings and register with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) at practitioner level.

Successful completion of the course may allow progression to:

  • BA Childhood Practice
  • Primary teaching
  • Part-time study of PDA Childhood Practice
  • Related studies at higher level

Forth Valley College has formal articulation links in place for entry into year 2 of the following degree programmes:

  • BA (Hons) Childhood Studies - University of the West of Scotland 
  • BA Childhood and Youth Studies - Open University

Please note articulation links are subject to change and do not guarantee a place on any university course. Students should check with individual universities for more detail. Each institution will have specific entry requirements.

Mandatory:

  • Participation at an information session
  • Successful interview
  • Clear Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) check required. Further information on the PVG Scheme will be issued to successful applicants prior to enrolment.

Plus one of the following:

  • Two National 4 awards, National 5 Maths or a numeracy related subject and two Higher Grades at Grade C or above including English or Communication 4/Literature 1 (or equivalent) plus relevant work experience
  • Successful completion of all units within the NC Early Education and Childcare (SCQF Level 6) with 60 days relevant placement experience
  • Foundation Apprenticeship in Social Services, Children and Young People
  • Applicants who do not meet these criteria, but have relevant paid workplace experience or alternative qualifications will be considered

Further advice for full-time applicants:

  • Please ensure you have an online account before starting your application.
  • If you created your account prior to September 2016, you will need to register a new account.
  • Before starting the application process, please ensure you already hold or are working towards the relevant entry qualifications required for the course you are applying for 
  • Ensure you use your own personal email address when creating your online account
  • Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email immediately 
  • If you do not receive an acknowledgement e-mail immediately, please check your SPAM/Junk folder
  • Please include as much detail as possible in your personal statement such as; the reason you are applying, future career plans, previous employment, relevant experience, hobbies and interests
  • Disclosing support needs in your application will not affect your chances of being offered a place on a course at Forth Valley College
  • If your application is successful, you will be invited for interview. For January start courses interviews will be in Nov/Dec and interviews for August start courses will take place between February and May
  • If your application is unsuccessful, you will be offered support in finding a suitable alternative course 
  • Applicants who provide a mobile phone number on their application form will be sent a text reminder prior to the day of interview 

If you are unable to attend an interview or wish to withdraw your application - please email student.applications@forthvalley.ac.uk

  • Location

    Falkirk Campus

  • Attendance

    Full-Time

  • Start date

    24 August 2020

  • End date

    11 June 2021

  • SCQF Level

    Level 7

  • Location

    Stirling Campus

  • Attendance

    Full-Time

  • Start date

    24 August 2020

  • End date

    11 June 2021

  • SCQF Level

    Level 7

  • Location

    Alloa Campus

  • Attendance

    Full-Time

  • Start date

    24 August 2020

  • End date

    11 June 2021

  • SCQF Level

    Level 7