Childhood Practice (previously HNC Early Education and Childcare) HNC

UCAS code 173X
UHI information line 0845 272 3600

What is special about this course?

If you enjoy working with children and would like to make a difference to their formative years, the HNC Childhood Practice is the ideal course for you.

This is a nationally recognised qualification and valued award for people who want to work in a variety of early learning and childcare settings, supporting children and young people with varying needs.

This course will give you a deep understanding of working with children and young people, and will help you to integrate knowledge and theory into practice, including the importance of anti-discriminatory practice in line with the National Care Standards and Scottish Social Services Council Codes of Practice.

On successful completion you will be eligible to register with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) at practitioner level.

Special features

  • You will undertake a 60-day work placement which includes completion of three units from the SVQ 3 Social Services: Children and Young People. 
  • The course meets the registration requirements set by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) for those working in a care setting.
  • You can study full time or part time (at some campuses) to suit your own personal circumstances
  • At certain campuses individual units can be studied as continuous professional development (CPD)

Entry requirements

  • 2 Scottish Highers at grade C or above Or
  • 1 A level(s) at grade D or above 
  • These should preferably include English, PLUS
  • 4 National 5s or Standard Grades at Credit level, or equivalent, one of which should be English if you do not have a Higher or A level.
  • Alternatively, the NC Early Education and Childcare or equivalent
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements are encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis

Access routes

NC Early Education and Childcare or equivalent

Year 1 - HNC

Mandatory units are:

  • Care in contemporary society
  • Leadership starts with me
  • Health wellbeing and safeguarding
  • Lifespan development theoretical approaches
  • Promote effective communication
  • Promote health, safety and security in the work setting
  • Develop your practice through reflection and learning
  • Support for play learning and development or playwork opportunities
  • Graded unit 1

Three options units must be taken which may include some of the following:

  • Promoting language, literacy and numeracy
  • Collaborative working
  • Supporting children and young people’s behaviour
  • Supporting children and young people with additional support needs
  • Play
  • Working with children 0-3
  • Working with children 3-5
  • Working with children 5-8

Option units available may vary depending on study location, for more information contact your chosen campus

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)  available at certain campuses
  • Part-time (unstructured) available at certain campuses

You will learn through a combination of face-to-face and video conference lectures and online study via the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE).

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time (structured): 2 years

Start date

September

How much will my course cost?

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2016-17
Full-time per year
£1,285
Part-time (per HN unit) £86

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2016-17
Full-time per year £6,510
Part-time (per HN unit) £434

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2016-17
Full-time per year £6,510
Part-time (per HN unit)** £434

 **There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.

What funding can I apply for?

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

The HNC Childhood Practice should improve your career prospects in a range of early learning and childcare settings.

Can I progress into further study?

You will be able to progress onto a variety of degree courses following successful interview, such as:

Is there more information available online?

You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.

Apply for Childhood Practice (previously HNC Early Education and Childcare) HNC

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2017

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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