HNC Childhood Practice (Year 1) - Evening

This is a 2 year part-time programme 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. This advanced level course provides participants with the necessary skills and knowledge required for a career in early learning and childcare. The course will provide the student with a wide knowledge of the factors which influence children's care and their learning and development. Participants will gain an understanding of the principles, values and legislation underpinning early years practice. Students will also engage in a day-time placement where they will undertake three SVQ units. Successful completion of this course provides the necessary qualifications for registration with the Scottish Social Services Council at practitioner level.

This course will be delivered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Important Information for all non UK nationals

The College has a requirement to complete a residency check on all non-UK nationals for tuition fee purposes. When you book and pay for your course online, please be aware that you will be contacted by a member of our Student Administration team and asked to provide documents i.e. a copy of your passport; proof of your settlement status and EU share code.

Following assessment of evidence, if you do not meet the criteria for ‘home fee status’, you will contacted and advised of any additional fee required.

If you require further information please contact

EU Nationals

If you are currently living in the UK then you should have already applied for the EU Settlement Scheme which will allow you to continue living in the UK. 

From 1st January 2021, if you are a national of a country outwith the UK it is most likely you will need a visa to study in the UK.  You can check if you require a visa by visiting the UK Government’s website here.  If you require a student visa, further information can be obtained at the following link.

For the latest information about EU nationals studying in the EU, you should visit the UK Government’s website.

Course content includes:

  • Care in Contemporary Society
  • Leadership Starts with Me
  • Health Wellbeing and Safeguarding
  • Lifespan Development Theoretical Approaches
  • Support for Play Learning and Development
  • Promoting Language, Literacy and Numeracy
  • Supporting Children and Young Peoples Behaviour
  • Working with Children 3-6

This course will provide hands on training for those wishing to become an 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.


  • Participation at an information session.
  • Successful interview.
  • Candidates must be able to undertake 60 days practical experience in either a paid or voluntary position during the 2 year programme.
  • Clear Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) check required. Further Information on PVG Scheme will be issued to successful applicant prior to enrolment.

Plus one of the following:

  • Two National 4 awards (or equivalent), and two Higher Grades at Grade C or above including English or communication 4/literature 1 (or equivalent).
  • Relevant work experience.
  • Successful completion of all units/exams within NC Early Education and Childcare (SCQF Level 6) with Higher Childcare and Development at Grade C or above with 60 days relevant placement experience.
  • Applicants who do not meet these criteria, but have relevant paid workplace experience or alternative qualifications will be considered.

Course places are only secured after payment/funding has been arranged

As per the College Tuition Fees and Refund Policy, tuition fees are non-refundable except under exceptional circumstances.


Student Paying

Fees of less than £150 must be paid in full. Payment by instalment is available, provided the course fee is greater than £150.

Instalments must be paid via direct debit over a 4-month period and an initial 30% deposit is required in order to secure your place. You will not be able to apply online if paying by direct debit, you must contact Evening Admissions by email at -


Employer Paying

If your employer is paying for your tuition fees, an Employers Agreement form or letter from your employer must be submitted prior to or on enrolment. You can access the Employer Agreement form here and this should be returned to evening admissions

Refunds will only be given if the course is cancelled or significantly altered by the College. Please refer to our Tuition Fee and Withdrawal procedure for further information.


Fee waiver

Some students may be eligible for a tuition fee waiver if in receipt of certain types of benefits. Fee waiver evidence must be submitted either before or on enrolment. Refer to our Tuition and Fee Waiver Policy for further information.

You will not be able to apply online if using fee waiver, you must contact Evening Admissions by emailing


Part Time Fee Grant

If you are aged 16 or over, living in Scotland and earn £25,000 a year or less you can access a Part-time Fee Grant from the Scottish Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The level of funding is dependent on the number of credits studied (for HNC level and above).

You can apply and access the full eligibility criteria via the part-time funding section of the SAAS website at: Before you apply you will need information such as the course you will be attending and the number of SCQF credits for your course. This information can be provided by emailing:

If successful, a letter of award will be issued which will include how much funding you have been awarded.

SAAS do not fund the full tuition fees for part-time courses.


Stirling Campus



Start date

30 August 2022

End date

08 June 2023

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SCQF Level

Level 7

Cost per person