Childhood Practice SCQF Level 7

This course will prepare you to work as a practitioner, and will provide you with the values and principles which underpin working life in early education and childcare.


Why take this course?

This course develops essential knowledge and understanding relating to working as a practitioner within a setting. Upon completion candidates are eligible to register with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) at practitioner level.

A mandatory placement opportunity will be provided to students who demonstrate appropriate skills and values. The course includes mandatory SVQ units, and a graded unit, undertaken in a real working environment. 

What you will experience

This course will give you an in-depth understanding of working with children and young people, specifically focusing on rights and provision, protection and participation, contemporary issues for children and families and promoting language, literacy and numeracy in early education and childcare. You will also look at more specific areas such as working with those who have additional support needs, and how to understand/support child behaviour. 

The course covers a wide range of theory to effectively prepare you for progression to further study or employment.

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Key facts

Mode of study
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View the full course specification PDF, 88KB

Entry requirements

Applicants should have two Highers (one of which must be English) and National 5 Maths or successful completion of a course at SCQF Level 6, e.g. NC Early Education and Childcare

A Foundation Apprenticeship in any subject area will be considered equivalent as one unrelated Higher for entry to this course.

Applicants should also have a minimum of 80 hours work experience in a childcare environment.

A clear disclosure or ability to gain membership of the PVG scheme in respect of Regulated Work with Children will be required prior to placement allocation. Please note that your membership will be organised by the College.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, we will ask you to provide evidence of your English language skills as part of the application process. For this particular course, the English language requirements are:

  • A C1 - C2 score is required for the College English Language test in all four disciplines (writing, reading, speaking and listening).
  • A minimum of 180 is required in the Cambridge English: First exam. A minimum of 180 is required in the Cambridge English: Advanced exam.
  • A score of 6.5 and higher is required for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) in all four disciplines (writing, reading, speaking and listening).

What you need to know

Additional costs

Additional costs for this course include:

  • Text books
  • Laptop
  • Smart clothes for a work placement

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

At University

HNC Childhood Practice can help candidates gain entry to a number of professional degree programmes including Primary School Teaching. Full information is available in the course specification PDF.


Employment opportunities are commonly available in an early years setting and will include roles such as:

  • Childhood Practitioner
  • Childminder
  • Nanny
  • Playworker

The following infographic provides information on current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. Follow the link on the infographic to view a larger image.

Infographic detailing current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire


This course is currently unavailable. Please contact the Student Advice Centre for more information.

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website:, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.