Childhood Practice BA (Hons)

UCAS code X310

What is special about this course?

This fully-online honours degree offers practitioners in a wide range of early years and childcare settings the opportunity to gain the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) recognised qualification to be a lead practitioner or manager.

You will have the opportunity to relate theory to real working practice and investigate, in-depth, an area of interest to you.

The course will also give you the skills needed for further professional qualifications. It is designed to meet the Scottish subject benchmark statement, the Standard for Childhood Practice.

On successful completion of the course you will have acquired the practical skills and academic knowledge to move on to the lead practitioner/manager role. Similarly, you will be well equipped to take further professional qualifications or a PGDE.

Special features

  • The course offers flexible study routes which are based on previous qualifications and relevant workplace experience
  • On completion of the ordinary degree (BA) you will gain the SSSC recognised qualification to be a lead practitioner
  • The course meets the Scottish benchmark statement: the Standard for Childhood Practice
  • Opportunity for you to specialise in areas throughout the course
  • Modules focus on practical skills in the workplace
  • The course is delivered entirley online and can be studied from anywhere in the UK

Entry requirements

  • At least two years work experience in an appropriate setting plus
  • HNC Childhood Practice OR
  • Relevant SVQ 3, for example: Social Services: Children and Young People; Children’s Care Learning and Development/Playwork; or equivalent
  • You must be employed within or have access to a relevant workplace environment
  • Alternative entry will be considered, based on relevant professional qualifications recognised by SSSC plus appropriate experience
  • Applicants are also required to complete a detailed applicant profile

Access routes

Year 1 - DipHE

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Subjects include:

  • Assuring quality in a childhood practice setting
  • Practitioner research in childhood practice
  • Developing leadership capacity in childhood practice
  • Integration, collaboration and professional childhood practice

You will also choose two option modules which may include:

  • Play and childhood
  • Recognising and challenging discrimination and disadvantage
  • Health psychology
  • Principles and foundations of health promotion
  • Adolescence: development and individual differences
  • Specialist provision
  • Providing a curriculum for life
  • Care and control
  • Working in partnership

Year 2 - BA

Subjects include:

  • Promoting children’s rights and inclusion in childhood practice
  • Contemporary issues in childhood practice
  • Leading change in childhood practice
  • Developing a childhood workplace project
  • Co-ordination, partnership and integration in childhood practice

Year 3 - BA (Hons)

Subjects include:

  • Comparative childcare: a European perspective
  • Professional issues

You will also choose two option modules which may include:

  • Childhood and adolescent mental health
  • Disability and society
  • Social inclusion and exclusion
  • Comparative health studies

You must also complete a dissertation.

How will I study my course?

  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will also be required to attend a face-to-face induction at the start of your course

How long will my course last?

Depending on entry level, which is based on credit awarded from previous qualifications:

  • Part-time (structured): 2-6 years
  • Part-time (unstructured): 2-6 years


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:

Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,820 £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645 £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215 £215

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 full-time, the following fees apply:

BA (Hons)

  Level Full-time Full-time
Year 1 CertHE £8,000 £9,000
Year 2 DipHE £8,000 £9,000
Year 3 Degree £8,000 £9,000
Year 4 Honours free* free*

*4th year free only for students studying full-time who have paid for the previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

BA (Hons)
Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,340 (2017-18) and £1,500 (2018-19).

BSc (Hons)
Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,500 (2017-18 and 2018-19).

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.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact your enrolling college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

  • Once you have successfully completed your ordinary degree BA Childhood Practice course, you will have gained a qualification recognised by the Scottish Social Service Council for Lead Practitioner / Manager in a wide range of early years and childcare settings. In addition, it will also provide valuable CPD for those working in the sector
  • SVQ assessor
  • Childhood practice manager
  • Roles in local and national childcare initiatives
  • Teacher Training

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress from the BA (Hons) Childhood Practice to the following University of the Highlands and Island's postgraduate course:

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I want to start in Jan/Feb 2019 or Aug/Sep 2019 or Jan/Feb 2020

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