Education and Childcare


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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Child, Health & Social Care NC Level 5

Working in an early education and childcare setting or working in health and social care are both specialised fields. If you are looking to pursue a career in either sector then this introductory course will give you a thorough foundation in the subjects and offer you the perfect platform from which you can progress.

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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. You will gain an understanding of the key issues, demands and responsibilities involved in caring for children. This course will also give you the opportunity to gain the Early Education and Childcare Higher as part of your studies.

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Childhood Practice HNC

If you enjoy working with children and want to make a difference to their formative years, this is the ideal course for you. 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.

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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 and Youth Studies BA (Hons)

This leading BA (Hons) Child and Youth Studies degree will give you a rigorous understanding of the specific concerns associated with child and youth issues in this region and within the broader context of the UK and Europe. It is taught entirely online so you can fit your studies around your personal and professional commitments.

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Childhood Practice BA (Hons)

This fully-online honours degree offers practitioners in a wide range of childhood practice settings the opportunity to gain the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) recognised qualification to be a lead practitioner.

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PGDE (Professional Graduate Diploma in Education)