NPA Social Services, Children and Young People (Schools)

Please note that only secondary school pupils staying on at school and who will be starting S5/S6 in August 2023 are eligible to apply for this course.

A career in Early Learning, Childcare or Playwork can make a real difference to the quality of children’s lives and to their families. There has never been a better time to begin a career in early learning and childcare. The Scottish Government is expanding the provision of funded early learning and childcare places, so the demand for early learning and childcare staff has increased in recent years and will continue to increase significantly in the next few years.

This National Progression Award in Social Services Children and Young People is a great way to acquire experience and also gain a qualification at the same level as a Higher. This qualification will help pupils understand what it is like to work in the early learning and childcare sector and provide them with a unique chance to develop skills and knowledge across a range of topics related to early learning and childcare in the classroom, alongside the experience of a valuable work placement with an employer.

What qualifications will pupils achieve?

On successful completion, pupils will achieve a National Progression Award in Social Services (Children and Young People) at SCQF Level 6 (5 units)

Attendance

Pupils will attend  a Forth Valley College Campus (Alloa or Falkirk) for 5 hours per week (2 half days) from August to February and then they will attend the College  for 2.5 hours per week (one half day) for the rest of the year. Pupils will also attend a work placement in a relevant setting for another 3 hours per week from February until June.

(Please note that this course continues throughout periods of study leave from school and it is very important that pupils attend during these periods, except on exam days).

This course is made up of 5 units:

Development of Children and Young People

Play for Children and Young People

Safeguarding of Children and Young People 

Promote the Wellbeing and Safety of Children and Young People 

Communication with Children and Young People

Could lead to the following careers:

Early Learning and Childcare Support Worker
Early Learning and Childcare Practitioner

 

• Applying for the Modern Apprenticeship in Social Services (Children and Young People) 

 
• Higher level study at college on the HNC Childhood Practice

 
• Using the NPA Social Services (Children and Young People) alongside Highers to apply to university

Pupils will have achieved three National 5 awards (or equivalent) preferably including English Pupils need to be a good communicator and ideally have achieved National 5 in English (or equivalent) and have the potential to achieve SCQF Level 6 in Communication Skills. Pupils must have a clear Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme record to complete this qualification. Pupils will apply for this at the beginning of the course and it is funded, so there is no additional cost.

The course involves the following components:

Group work.

Research skills. This sometimes has to be done outside College time. 

Practical work in the simulated nursery areas.

There is a fair amount of reading and writing in the course.

Assessment involves a mixture of closed book class tests and open book projects and reports. 

Students normally have 2 opportunities to pass a particular assessment, in line with SQA requirements.  

Good attendance is essential due to the large amount of group work involved in the course.

Assessment on this programme is continual, meaning that good attendance will increase the chances of successful completion of the qualification.

Location

Alloa Campus

Start date

12 June 2023

SCQF Level

Level 6

Location

Falkirk Campus

Start date

12 June 2023

SCQF Level

Level 6

Location

Falkirk Campus

Start date

22 August 2023

SCQF Level

Level 6