• Early Years

    HND Childhood Practice

  • SCQF Level

    Level 8

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full-time, one year

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The changing climate in Early Years now calls for practitioners who have demonstrated their ability to meet the demands of the sector.

At HND level, learning is mainly formal, with considerable research and writing required as you explore the theory and practices relevant to the early learning and childcare sector.

For entry to this course you’ll need:

  • HNC Early Education and Childcare or HNC Childhood Practice (with a minimum of 15 credits, including an ‘A’ in the Graded Unit)
  • An interview with us
  • A satisfactory reference from a sector placement
  • Eligible to be a member of the PVG scheme

If you have an alternative childcare qualification at this level, we’ll advise you on your next steps towards this qualification at your interview.

What's Involved

The HND builds on the HNC, fully preparing you to enter childhood practice with in depth knowledge and understanding of professional accountability relevant to the practitioner role and responsibility to children and families. You’ll develop critical reflection skills required for the complex nature of this profession, exploring the Standards for Childhood Practice and other related legislation and policy to build your confidence and employability.

Each week you’ll spend 2 days in college and 2 days on a placement in an early years setting or primary school, working with the staff team.

Here’s just some of what you’ll be doing:

  • You’ll explore methods of assessment, planning and evaluation in your own professional practice and that of others.
  • You’ll focus on your own professional development and practice. You’ll learn to evaluate the application of Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) Codes of Practice and their impact on the promotion of inclusion, equality and diversity in practice.
  • You’ll look at issues relating to leadership, supporting the development of a workforce empowered to take ownership and lead their own professional practice.
  • You’ll develop knowledge and skills in legislation, policy and protection issues, to ensure the highest standards of professional practice in a childcare or social services setting.
  • You’ll study both Applied Psychology and Applied Sociology, exploring how psychological and sociological theories influence childhood practice and social services.
  • Through your placement, you’ll learn how to support and evaluate the curriculum for children’s early learning. You’ll evaluate broader professional influences to quality experiences and take action related to placement improvement plans.

Go Anywhere

When you successfully complete this course, you’ll have the choice of:

  • Moving on to BA Childhood Studies at UWS (direct access to Year 3) Seeking to start your career in:
  • A breadth of Early Years Practitioner roles (age range 0-16)
  • Diverse roles working with children and families across the sector, including ASN support roles.

Some candidates have also progressed to Primary Education Teaching, Social Work, and Community Learning and Development.

Start Date

26 Aug 2019




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