Child Development: An Introduction Higher

What is special about this course?

This unit aims to increase the student's awareness and understanding of normal child development. It provides the basis for investigation of development, the factors affecting child development and a range of strategies for purposes of assessment.

This unit would be useful for candidates working in a child care and education setting including the private, public and voluntary sectors. It would also be of interest to those who may wish to work in this field and who would like to increase their awareness of child development before doing so.

Entry requirements

None but completion of Communication 3 or equivalent would be beneficial.

This unit aims to increase the student's awareness and understanding of normal development of children. This should include the physical, emotional and social aspects of development together with language development. Each of these should be examined individually then linked with all other aspects to show inter-relationships.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Distance learning

This unit is delivered by open learning. Tutors support students by telephone, email and mail, whichever is the most suitable.

Students receive a pack of learning materials and work through them with the support of the tutor. They submit assignments to the tutor for marking by email or post.

How long will my course last?

60 Hour

This unit can be delivered by open learning and is a notional 60 hours of learning. Students are given 13 weeks to complete the unit.

Where can I study my course?

Start date

Please contact your local centre for more details on the course start date.

Start dates for open learning courses are usually 1st September; 1st November; 1st February and 1st March. 


For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.

What can I do on completion of my course?

National Certificate Units or underpinning knowledge for SVQ 2 Social Services Children and Young People.

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Child Development: An Introduction Higher

To enrol, or for further information on this course, please contact your local Argyll College Centre

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Argyll College UHI. Argyll College 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.

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