Childhood Practice SCQF Level 8

Giving you the advanced skills, values and principles required to work in the early education and childcare sector.


Why take this course?

The HND Childhood Practice develops the knowledge and practical skills that students need to more effectively contribute to their professional development and provide high quality early years, childcare and playwork services.

The course also includes mandatory SVQ units, and a graded unit, undertaken in a real working environment. 

What you will experience

The course covers a wide range of theory in order to effectively prepare you for progressing to further study or employment. Key themes include:

  • Values
  • Early intervention
  • Social inclusion and equality
  • Confident individuals
  • Responsible citizens
  • Integrated services
  • Development of leadership.
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Key facts

Mode of study
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View the full course specification PDF, 51KB

Entry requirements

Applicants should have two Highers at Grade C or above (one of which must be English) or successful completion of a course at SCQF Level 6, e.g. NC Early Education & Childcare.

Applicants must also evidence a minimum of 80 hours work experience in a childcare environment.

Applicants may also have already completed the HNC Childhood Practice plus the three additional credits from Year 1 of the HND course, and wish to move into the 2nd year of the programme.

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, please view the specific English language requirements for this course.

What you need to know

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

At University

Upon successful completion of this course, you can progress to university level study. Full information is available in the course specification PDF.


Employment opportunities are commonly available in an early years setting. Common roles include:

  • Charity Officer
  • Childhood Practitioner
  • Childminder
  • Nanny
  • Playworker
  • Youth Worker

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.

For more information about job opportunities, salaries and employment rates in this industry, visit the Career Coach website.

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


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