Men into Childcare (NPA Social Services (Children & Young People) ) NPA

What is special about this course?

This course is designed to help male students develop the skills and knowledge required by employers and service users to increase the number of male childcare workers in the local area.

According to the Scottish Government, in 2018 around 4% of the daycare of children workforce were male. Similarly, in 2016-17 4.18% of the enrolment of 1793 to HNC Childhood Practice were men. The Scottish Government is undertaking a nationwide campaign to encourage more males to undertake qualifications in early learning and childcare. Increasing the number of men in childcare means children will benefit from different perspectives and have more male role models to look up to.

This course will allow male students to develop their skills and knowledge in a number of childcare subjects and will prepare them for working with young children. It will also prepare students for the possibility of taking their learning to a higher level by progressing to NC and HNC courses should they wish to further their skills.

Entry requirements

  • Interest in working in early education and childcare
  • Male
  • All applicants will attend an interview
  • Play for children and young people
  • Communication with children and young people
  • Safeguarding of children and young people
  • Promote the wellbeing and safety of children and young people
  • Development of children and young people
  • Research in care
  • Experiencing college
  • Presenting information

How will I study my course?

    Each week will comprise of scheduled, connected learning time and flexible learning time. You need to commit to both, but you can choose when to complete flexible learning to fit around work, caring and personal commitments.  Some flexible learning must be done on a weekly basis. 

    Connected learning is when you learn together with lecturers, students and others. Connected learning happens at a scheduled time in a practical workshop, an online-classroom, a studio, a specialist classroom, the workplace or in the outdoors.

    Flexible learning covers lecturer directed learning and self-directed learning.

    Lecturer-directed learning is weekly learning activity, for example:
    • posting your idea in a discussion forum,
    • completing a quiz,
    • practising a task, activity or idea
    • watching a video or reading,
    • discussing and working on a solution with another student,
    • researching and gathering information,
    • completing an assignment or project-based task.

    Self-directed learning is your decision about further study and focus.  We encourage you to take ownership of your learning and areas of interest. You can ask us to help you to determine areas for further development.

    Your connected learning will take place in an online-classroom.  This will include a combination of video conferencing, interactive chat and sharing of presentation slides and other visuals. Online-classrooms provide you with real time interaction, contact and discussion with your lecturer and fellow students. We have ten college centres and there may be an option to study some of the time from your local centre. This will depend on social distancing limitations.

    How long will my course last?

    10 Weeks

    Evening 6.30 – 8.30 plus online study

    Where can I study my course?

    Start date

    This course will run twice a year, staring in October and again in February.


    Most students have their course fees paid as this is a full time course. Please read our Fees & Funding information pages for more information regarding residency, previous study and bursary rates. Please contact if you have any further questions.

    Rest of UK students : For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man), with a term-time address in Scotland, studying full time, the course fee is £5,800.

    Some of our courses require students to have essential equipment/clothing.

    If you are under 18, you are entitled to have essential equipment paid for whether you are entitled to Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) or not. However you must complete an application even if you know that you're not entitled to EMA.

    If you are 18 and over and are eligible for a bursary, these costs will be met through your bursary. If you are not eligible for a bursary, you will need to fund these items yourself.

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    Progression from this course will include NC Early Education & Childcare and HNC Childhood Practice. Successful students already in employment could also undertake the SVQ2 Social Services (Children & Young People) qualification to allow them to register as a practitioner with the SSSC.

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    We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI West Highland. UHI West Highland operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.