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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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Into Childcare (NPA Social Services, Children & Young People) SCQF Level 6

This course is designed to help you develop the skills and knowledge required by employers and service providers in the early learning and childcare sector. 

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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 NQ 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)
  • See course details
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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
  • See course details
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Work-based learning

If you're already working year round as a childcare practitioner in an early years setting or residential/daycare for children and young people you might consider our . Learn on a part-time flexible basis while you're still earning.

To find out more please email workbasedlearning.whc@uhi.ac.uk

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Social Services (Children and Young People) SVQ3

You're already a childcare practitioner working in an early years setting or residential/daycare for children and young people. This is an SCQF Level 7 qualification which will enable you to progress your career while continuing to earn an income.

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