University of the West of Scotland

University of the West of Scotland

Childhood Practice

This new course is aimed at those registered as practitioners with the SSSC and employed within the sector who wish to become registered as lead practitioners/managers, providing the professional qualification to deliver quality services for children and their parents in an early years setting. Supporting children in the early years can make an important contribution to their future; and a suitably qualified workforce is key to ensuring this support mechanism is in place during their formative years. This course builds on our wealth of knowledge and experience of delivering early years education. Students must be employed in, or have access to, an acceptable professional environment in which knowledge and understanding of childhood practice in Scotland has been developed. Work-based learning forms part of the assessment and therefore you need to be employed for more than 16 hours per week. You must also have employer support and a mentor from your area of practice to support your studies.

Entry requirements

Relevant degree or practitioner qualification.You will be required to be employed as a practitioner, normally over 16 hours per week and usually with 2 years experience and practitioner registration. A signed statement of support as part of the admission process.

Course modules

Modules include: Reflective planning; leading learning; leadership and management; promoting learning; developing integrated working; qualitative research methods. Including �strategy projects� undertaken in the workplace which develop and enhance the links between theory and practice and involve critical reflection.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
Graduate Diploma Part-time £ 555 per Module (home fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Ayr Campus Ayr KA8 0SR Scotland

Key information

Telephone number: 
0800 027 1000