Childhood Practice (Pathway to Primary Teaching) HNC @ SCQF Level 7

Introduction

This is an exciting opportunity if you aspire to become a Primary Teacher or to work as a Professional in the Early Education and Childcare Sector.
Two degree pathways are possible by obtaining your HNC Childhood Practice Qualification!

The HNC Childhood Practice @ SCQF level 7 now offers an articulation pathway to enable you to fast track straight into a second-year entry to the MA (Hons) in Primary Education with Teaching Qualification at Glasgow University.  This means that through completing your HNC Childhood Practice qualification over two years while at school, this can lead you towards attaining the first year of your MA (Hons) in Primary Education with Teaching Qualification.  
You will have some additional entry criteria to ensure you can obtain a place on the second year of the MA (Hons) Primary Education with Teaching Certificate Degree Course - details of this are given below.

This course will also appeal to any individual who aspires to carve a career in working in an Early Education or Childcare profession.  Attainment of an HNC in Childhood Practice also enables second-year entry to the BA in Childhood Studies Degree at the University of West of Scotland. More details are given below.

The central focus of this programme is to provide you with a deep understanding of working with children and young people and develop your ability to apply theory into your practice, including the importance of anti-discriminatory practice.  The course aims to cultivate a reflective professional workforce that continuously improves quality practice and attain the practical aptitudes required by a practitioner in the sector.

Location:

Dumfries

Duration

Two years part time.  You will need one day to attend college classes and one day per week to attend a work placement.

Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirements for this course are as follows:

  • You need to have a very strong desire to either become a Primary Teacher or work as a Professional in an early learning and childcare setting.
  • You need to have the capacity, enthusiasm and motivation to attend all college lessons 100%, both college class based lessons, online lessons and work placement for 1 day per week over two academic years.
  • You need to have attained at least five National 5 qualifications, 3 at a B pass and 2 at an A Pass.  One of which must be English. 
  • For articulation pathway to MA (Hons) in Primary Education with Teaching Qualification please see additional entry criteria below.
  • For articulation pathway to second year of the BA Childhood Studies Degree at University of West of Scotland, please see additional entry criteria below.

  • First Year entry to the MA (Hons) in Primary Education
    • You will also need Higher English pass at Level B or above  and
    • National 5 Mathematics OR National 5 Applications of Mathematics pass at level B or above
  • Second-year entry to the MA (Hons) in Primary Education (using the HNC Childhood Practice as your first year of the MA (Hons) in Primary Education Qualification)
    • Higher English pass at level B or above and
    • National 5 Mathematics OR National 5 Applications of Mathematics pass at level B or above and
    • 1 Higher in a foreign Language (e.g. French, or Spanish, or German etc.,) pass at  level C or above.

Additional Entry Requirements

If you wish to use the successful completion of the HNC Childhood Practice qualification as a pathway to become a Primary Teacher you will need to attain the following for entry crieteria to the MA (Hons) in Primary Education with Teaching Qualification at the University of Glasgow: 

First Year entry to the MA (Hons) in Primary Education
  • You will also need Higher English pass at Level B or above  and
  • National 5 Mathematics OR National 5 Applications of Mathematics pass at level B or above
  • Minimum Grade B in the Graded Unit component of the HNC Childhood Practice qualification and
  • A successful interview undertaken with University of Glasgow.

Second-year entry to the MA (Hons) in Primary Education (using the HNC Childhood Practice as your first year of the MA (Hons) in Primary Education Qualification)
  • Higher English pass at level B or above and
  • National 5 Mathematics OR National 5 Applications of Mathematics pass at level B or above and
  • 1 Higher in a foreign Language (e.g. French, or Spanish, or German etc.,) pass at  level C or above.
  • An 'A' pass in the Graded Unit component of the HNC Childhood Practice qualification and,
  • Attendance at and completion of tasks in Numeracy and Literacy Online classess run by University of Glasgow.  These classes will fit around your HNC Childhood Practice timetable during the second year of your HNC course, and
  • A successful interview undertaken by University of Glasgow.

All students who have gained successful entry to a University of Glasgow degree programme will attend a summer school in preparation for the academic year ahead.

Progression to the second year entry of the BA in Childhood Studies degree at the University of the West of Scotland

The HNC Childhood Practice qualification enables seamless progressesion to this programme, the following additional entry criteria is required :
  • To go through a successful interview process with University of West of Scotland.

Information and Interview Session Requirements

Once we have received your application you will be asked to attend an informal information and interview session. This may be virtual either through TEAMS or by phone but remember to tell us all about yourself in your personal statement!

This is a key aspect of the application process. You must confirm your attendance should you be offered an appointment. 

During the information and interview session, we will ensure the entry requirements and your aspirations and career plan are appropriate for the course and the level of course you have applied for. It is therefore important that you prepare well for this.


You will be required at interview, having undertaken prior research in order to discuss and write about the following: 

 Practioners working with children and young people need to have a deep understanding of child development and how to draw on this knowledge in a practical setting.  Why is this important?  Illustrate your response with examples.

  • You will have an interview to determine your suitability for the programme.
  • You must demonstrate excellent motivation and enthusiasm and possess capacity to attend all components of the programme for the duration of the whole course.
  • You must have a positive learner reference from your school with your expected grades in the coming academic year.

Course Content

The course will include a mixture of delivery approaches using online virtual platforms; classroom lessons and work placement experiences.
Here is a brief taste of what you will be doing:

  • Exploring a variety of guidance,  frameworks and policies that are in place to support children and young people's learning, development and play in an early years setting.
  • Learning about health, wellbeing and safeguarding issues, becoming familiar with legislation and policies, protective and preventative health measures, the practitioner's role in safeguarding children and young people.
  • Developing your skills and approaches to enable children's development in language, literacy and numeracy.
  • Investigating the complexities of human development through psychological theories, and gaining an understanding of how life experiences can affect development, behaviour and additional support needs.
  • Studying the contribution sociology gives to professional practice through exploring care in contemporary society.
  • Working in an early learning and childcare setting you will develop your skills in promoting effective communication with children and colleagues, develop observational skills and learn how to record and report children's progress as well as having the opportunity to promote health, safety and security within your setting.
  • AND gain a lot of pleasure and enjoyment while developing your skills and applying your knowledge when working with children on your work experience placement!

Assessments

All components of the programme are assessed. A variety of assessment approaches are used, for example, practical observations of work undertaken on placement, portfolios of evidence of outcomes attained, written reports, oral presentations, project assignments  etc.

Progression

Progression to Primary Education Articulation Pathway
For applicants who wish to use the successful completion of the HNC Childhood Practice qualification as a pathway to become a Primary Teacher you will need the following for entry crieteria to the MA (Hons) in Primary Education with Teaching Qualification at the University of Glasgow:

First Year entry to the MA (Hons) in Primary Education with Teaching Qualification

  • Higher English pass at Level B or above and
  • National 5 Mathematics OR National 5 Applications of Mathematics pass at level B or above and
  • Minimum Grade B in the Graded Unit component of the HNC Childhood Practice qualification and
  • A successful interview undertaken with University of Glasgow.

Second Year entry to the MA (Hons) in Primary Education with Teaching Qualification (using the HNC Childhood Practice as your first year of the MA (Hons) in Primary Education Qualification)
  • Higher English pass at level B or above and
  • National 5 Mathematics OR National 5 Applications of Mathematics pass at level B or above and
  • 1 Higher in a foreign Language (e.g. French, or Spanish, or German etc.,) pass at  level C or above.
  • An 'A' pass in the Graded Unit component of the HNC Childhood Practice qualification and
  • Attendance at and completion of tasks in Numeracy and Literacy Online classess run by University of Glasgow.  These classes will fit around your HNC Childhood Practice timetable during the second half of your HNC course, and
  • A successful interview undertaken by University of Glasgow.

All students who have gained successful entry to a University of Glasgow degree programme will attend a summer school in preparation for the academic year ahead.


Progression to the second year entry of the BA in Childhood Studies degree at the University of the West of Scotland

The HNC Childhood Practice qualification enables seamless progressesion to this programme, the following additional entry criteria is required :
  • To go through a successful interview process with University of West of Scotland.

Other possible progression pathways at Dumfries and Stranaer Campuses:

 PDA Childhood Practice (once employment in a childcare setting is secured); 

Other Next Step Options:

HND Childhood Practice; Registered paediatric Nurse Programme; BA/BSc Psychology; BA/BSc Social Sciences; Diploma in Social Work, Degree in Health Studies.  Possible degree routes with Open University include Childhood and Youth Studies, Early Years, Social Science. BA/Dip Education and Social sciences.

Applicants are advised to check the entry criteria with the college or university of their choice for these courses.

Employment

This qualification is necessary for registration with Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) at the Practitioner level.

Variety of other career progressions pathways available:

 http://learn.sssc.uk.com/childcarecareers/

Career Prospects

The qualification could lead directly to employment in the voluntary, private or local authority sector, some examples are


YOU can be a…practitioner in day care of children services.

YOU can become a…Manager or Lead Practitioner in day care.

YOU can be a Support Worker in a day care of children services.

YOU can be a…Playworker

Employment can be pursued in nurseries, schools, hospitals and other childcare facilities or progression to teacher training. 

You can progress to other career pathways if interested in working in social services with children and young people.  (http://learn.sssc.uk.com/childcarecareers/

Additional funding information

N/A

Course Contact Details

Michelle Hodgson email hodgsonm@dumgal.ac.uk

Selling Points

Nationally recognised qualification and valued award for people who want to work in a variety of early learning and childcare settings.

The course meets the registration requirements set by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) for those working in a care setting.

Undertake a significant work placement which includes completion of three units from the SVQ3 Social Services: Children and Young People

Expanding workforce locally and nationally.

Can progress directly to employment as an Early Learning and Childcare Practitioner on gaining this qualification

May progress onto second year of the BA Childhood Studies at University of West of Scotland.
May progress to year one or year two of the MA(Hons) in Primary Education with Teaching Qualification Programme at University of Glasgow dependent on qualifications and entry criteria.

Variety of other career progressions pathways available within the sector :

http://learn.sssc.uk.com/childcarecareers/

Can progress to other career pathways if interested in working in social services with children and young people.  (http://learn.sssc.uk.com/childcarecareers/)