Access to Childhood Practice (SWAP)
Comparable to Level 6
From 26 Aug 2019
Early years provision has changed significantly over the years. Today effective early learning and childcare experiences are recognised as playing a key role in future life chances and achievement.
Access to Childhood Practice is part of the Scottish Widening Access Programme (SWAP) and is specifically for adults who have been out of full-time education for at least 5 years. SWAP programmes are designed to provide a supportive environment for adults returning to education and you don’t need any formal qualifications for entry.
For entry to this course you’ll need:
On this course you’ll develop an understanding of how children learn and discover how to be in tune with children’s thinking. The course will equip candidates with professional values; practical skills and theoretical knowledge, to work effectively in the changing early learning and childcare sector with a variety of service users. Each week you will be in college 3 days and 1 day on placement in an early learning and childcare or primary school placement experience, working with children, young people and the staff team.
The course includes the PDA Social Services (children and young people) and offers an alternative entry to HNC Childhood Practice Award.
Here’s just some of what you’ll be doing:
When you successfully complete this course, you’ll have the choice of:
After achieving a related HNC qualification, possible careers include:
Candidates may also wish to consider a range of University degree options in the future. For example, Childhood Studies, Primary Education Teaching, Social Work, and Community Learning and Development.