Childhood Practice: An Introduction NPA

What is special about this course?

This short full-time course provides the basic theoretical knowledge to allow students to move on to the SVQ2 Social Services: Children and Young People either in employment or as a full-time college course, or NC Early Education and Childcare as a full-time course in September.

Entry requirements

This course is suitable for any applicant interested in working with children and young people, including mature students looking for a career change career. As there is no placement element to the course, applicants do not need to be 16 years of age at the start of the course, and the course is therefore suitable for December leavers.

All applicants will be subject to interview. Students who progress to a full-time early years course with a work placement element will undergo an enhanced Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) check before progression.

Over 18 weeks you will gain the underpinning knowledge and theory that will allow you to progress to a full-time early years course. By undertaking this short full-time course in advance of the SVQ or NC, you will have more time devoted in class to develop your knowledge, at a pace that is achievable for those with few or no prior qualifications. Aside from the vocational learning, you will gain sound academic skills such as the use of technology, report writing and group work. This will ensure you enter the next phase of your education as a confident and competent learner.

This course consists of the following units:

  • Development of Children and Young People
  • Safeguarding of Children and Young People
  • Play for Children and Young People
  • Communication with Children and Young People
  • Promote the Wellbeing and Safety of Children and Young People
  • Prevention of Infection
  • Healthy Eating in a Care Setting
  • First Aid

You will also undertake your Elementary Food Hygiene certificate. On achievement of the course units you will achieve the National Progression Award in Social Services: Children and Young People, in addition to certification for all component units.

How will I study my course?

    The course is classroom based and fully taught, supported through a blend of videoconference and online materials.

    How long will my course last?

    The course will require 17 hours’ study per week, over 18 weeks

    Where can I study my course?

    Start date

    The course starts in January.


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


    This short full-time course is eligible for bursary funding, subject to applicants satisfying the usual criteria.

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    On successful completion of the course, students may progress to:

    • SVQ2 Social Services (Children and Young People) SCQF level 6
    • NC Early Education and Childcare SCQF level 6

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    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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