NPA Children and Young People
East, North and South Ayrshire
This course is for school pupils only
Location / Day / Time
Live online lesson - Tuesday and Thursday 2:00 - 4:00pm
Who is the course for
You can work with children and young people in a range of careers from Early Years Practitioner to Social Services.
Early year's 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 for children and young people.
Social Service workers provide support and help to people who need it, helping them to live full and valued lives in the community. In particular, they help make sure children have the best start in life, so they grow up to be happy, healthy and secure.
This course will help you gain the knowledge and understanding you’ll need to work successfully in early learning and childcare. It will also develop your knowledge, practical skills and qualities for working with children and young people.
What is the course about
This course gives you an insight into what a career in social services would really be like - and if it’s right for you.
The NPA Units include:
- Safeguarding Children & Young People
- Play for Children & Young People
- Communication with Children & Young People
- Development of Children & Young People
- Promoting Wellbeing of Children & Young People
What do I need
For a place on this course, you’ll need:
- To have at least 4 National 5 qualifications including English or Literacy.
- To be capable of working at SCQF Level 6 (Higher level), your Guidance Teacher can advise you on this.
- Eligible for Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme.
- To be able to complete all the necessary hours in a work placement (10 days or equivalent in Year 1, one full day a week in Year 2). Arrangements for work placements will be organised in accordance with COVID government guidance.
Working in social services setting means you also need to be able to:
- Interact and communicate respectfully with children and staff
- Work with others
- Problem solve.
A commitment to appropriate values is very important. If you’re interested in a career in social services you can use the interactive resource a question of care: a career for you. Here, you’ll answer a series of questions and receive a detailed personal profile at the end. A commitment to appropriate values is necessary and you can demonstrate this partly through responses in this resource.
How will I be assessed
The NPA Units are assessed in college.
Once you’ve achieved this National Progression Award, you’ll have a qualification which will really help in your future career progression. It will support your progress whether you plan to study at college on the HNC Childhood Practice or enrol on a Modern Apprenticeship.
Learners gaining the NPA Social Services (Children and Young People) without completing the full Foundation Apprenticeship would be able to start the SVQ 2 when they gained employment.
Learners who choose to enter further or higher education on leaving school with the National Progression Award may follow other pathways into the early learning, childcare and playwork workforce such as completing the HNC in Childhood Practice in college.