Childhood Practice BA (Hons)
What is special about this course?
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.
You will have the opportunity to relate theory to real working practice and investigate, in-depth, an area of interest to you.
The course 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 skills and knowledge to move on to a lead practitioner role. Similarly, you will be well equipped to take further professional qualifications or a PGDE.
- 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
- The course offers the opportunity for you to specialise in areas of personal/professional interest
- Modules focus on practical skills in the workplace
- The course is delivered entirley online and can be studied from anywhere in Scotland
- Preferably, you will have at least two years work experience in an appropriate setting PLUS
- A recognised SSSC practitioner qualification such as 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 a relevant workplace environment
- Alternative entry will be considered based on relevant professional qualifications recognised by SSSC plus appropriate experience
Students eligible to undertake Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP) will be able to apply for entry to BA (Hons) Childhood Practice with a grade profile of CCC in one of the below courses and 8 units passed at SCQF level 6. Please speak to the Programme Leader to dertermine a suitable access route for your circumstances.
- Access to: Arts and Humanities (Newbattle Abbey College)
- Access to: Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Teaching (Edinburgh College)
- Access to: Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Teaching (North East Scotland College)
- Access to: Celtic Studies incorporating Primary Education with Gaelic (Newbattle Abbey College)
- Access to: Community, Education and Humanities (Dundee & Angus College)
- Access to: Degree Studies (Forth Valley College)
- Access to: Humanities (Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Education) (Fife College)
- Access to: Humanities (Fife College)
- Access to: Humanities (Perth College UHI)
- Access to: Languages with Business (Edinburgh College)
- Access to: Languages, Arts and Social Sciences (Edinburgh College)
- Access to: University Study (Dundee & Angus College)
- NQ Access to: Social Sciences (West Lothian College)
- NQ Access to: Teaching (West Lothian College)
Year 1 - DipHE
- Assuring quality in a childhood practice setting
- Practitioner research in childhood practice
- Developing leadership capacity in childhood practice
- Collaboration and reflective practice 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
- Contemporary issues
- Individual society and health continuum
- Youth behaviour and society
Year 2 - BA
- Promoting children’s rights and inclusion in childhood practice
- Contemporary issues in childhood practice
- Leading change in childhood practice
- Developing a childhood workplace project
- Leading a childhood practice workplace project
- Co-ordination, partnership and integration in childhood practice
Year 3 - BA (Hons)
- Comparative childcare: a European perspective
- Professional reflection
You will also choose two option modules which may include:
- Childhood and adolescent mental health
- Globalised view of childcare
- Personal and professional reflection
- Food and behaviour
- Disability and society
- Comparative health studies
- Research with children and young people
- The UNCRC: Investigating exploitation, youth justice and education
- Developmental disorders
- Abnormal psychology
- Comparative health studies
- Insider and outsiders
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
Where can I study my course?
- Argyll College UHI
- Inverness College UHI
- Lews Castle College UHI
- Moray College UHI
- North Highland College UHI
- Orkney College UHI
- Perth College UHI
- Shetland College UHI
- West Highland College UHI
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:
|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 without a term-time address in Scotland
For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) or the EU/EEA without a term-time address in Scotland,i.e. studying from their home country, or assessed as RUK fee status, the following fees apply:
|Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year||£3,060||£3,060|
|Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)||£1,020||£1,020|
This fee also applies for EU/EEA domiciled student, without a term-time address in Scotland, assessed as EUO fee status.
All fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.
This course is not available to students domiciled outside of the UK or for international students requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK. For students living in the UK and assessed as international fee status, the following fees will apply:
|Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year||£3,204||£3,240|
|Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)||£1,068||£1,080|
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 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
- Early learning and childcare tutor
- Care inspectorate
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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What our students, graduates and staff say
After completing my degree I progressed on to the PGDE Education (Primary) which I have just completed. I am due to start my probation teaching year shortly. During my studies I also changed jobs from working as an early years practitioner at my local authority nursery, to becoming childcare manager for the area putting into use my childhood practice degree. I am loving every aspect of the job although at the minute things are rather chaotic and challenging as I am currently responsible for setting up the local emergency childcare hubs in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Carla Gallon completed the BA (Hons) Childhood Practice at Inverness College UHI in 2018.
Without this degree, I would never have had the confidence to consider being an SVQ Assessor. It gave me the knowledge, skills and showcased the qualities necessary to work with individuals wishing to develop their own careers.
Angela Cameron graduated with a BA (Hons) Childhood Practice, in 2016.
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