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Take your first steps to a new career in early years education and childcare; progress to management through a degree or go into teaching primary and secondary education with a professional graduate diploma (PGDE).

Student Taylor talks about her great experience on our Childhood Practice HNC course:

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Men into Childcare NPA

This part-time course is designed to help male students develop the skills and knowledge required by employers and service providers in the early learning and childcare sector. The Scottish Government has undertaken a nationwide campaign to encourage more males to undertake qualifications in order to fill the skills gap in this priority area. You might also be interested in our Men into Care course.

  • Where? Anywhere with an internet connection
  • Full-time or Part-time? Part-time
  • When? 1 evening per week plus personal study
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Child, Health & Social Care NC Level 5

Working in early education, a childcare setting or health and social care are specialised fields. To pursue a career in these sectors then this introductory course will give you a thorough foundation in the subjects and offer you the perfect platform from which you can progress.

  • Where? Anywhere with an internet connection
  • Full-time or Part-time? Full-time (18 hours per week)
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Early Education and Childcare NC Level 6

This course integrates theory and practical work experience placement in an early years setting to enable you to work effectively in certain posts within the early education sector. Gain an understanding of the key issues, demands and responsibilities involved in caring for children, and complete an Early Education and Childcare Higher as part of your studies.

  • Where? Anywhere with an internet connection
  • Full-time or Part-time? Full-time (18 hours per week)
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Childhood Practice HNC

Enjoy working with children and want to make a difference to their formative years? This is a nationally recognised qualification and valued award for people who want to work in a variety of early learning and childcare settings, supporting children and young people with varying needs.

  • Where? Anywhere with an internet connection
  • Full-time or Part-time? Both available
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