Childhood Studies: An Introduction SCQF Level 5

What is special about this course?

If you’re passionate about working with children and young people this access course is a great place to start. 

Through a mix of theory and practical work you’ll learn about many aspects of child development. This course will help you to build an excellent base to unlock higher levels of study in this subject. 

As part of the course you’ll have a work placement where you’ll get hands-on experience planning and delivering activities for a group of children. 

Entry requirements

  • You must be 16 years of age at the start of the course.  

PVG Scheme membership is required to successfully achieve this qualification, where there is guaranteed contact with vulnerable groups in key elements of the course. For further information visit this webpage.

  • Child Development 
  • Child Nutrition 
  • Play 
  • Child Protection 
  • A Safe Environment 
  • Prevention of Infection 
  • HIV, Hepatitis B, C Infections 
  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy 
  • Elementary Food Hygiene Certificate 
  • First Aid 
  • Social Services in Scotland 
  • Working in a Care Setting 

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

Your course will generally be a mix of scheduled connected learning time, and practical learning at a variety of work placement environments. 

When we talk about ‘Connected Learning’ we mean that you will learn together with your lecturers and fellow classmates at a scheduled time in an online classroom. This will include a combination of video conferencing (like a Zoom call), interactive chat and sharing of presentation slides and other visuals. Online classrooms provide you with real time interaction, contact and discussion with your lecturer and fellow students, so it’s a much richer experience than purely online learning. 

You will be expected to attend classes for 16 hours each week, which is usually timetabled across 3 days. For the practical element of this course you will spend the equivalent to one day a week on placement. 

In 2021-22 we hope to return to having students in our local learning centres, where you will still take part in a virtual classroom, connecting with a few of our other locations, but you may have fellow students with you in your learning centre. 

Find out more about how you will learn with us. 


How long will my course last?


9 Months

Where can I study my course?

    • Arran Learning Centre
    • Campbeltown Hazelburn Learning Centre
    • Dunoon Learning Centre
    • Helensburgh Learning Centre
    • Islay Learning Centre
    • Lochgilphead Learning Centre
    • Oban Learning Centre
    • Rothesay Learning Centre
    • Tobermory Learning Centre

Start date

Late August

Fees

Most full-time students will automatically have their course fees paid for this course.   

If you have recently moved to, or do not normally live in Scotland, you may need to pay £5,970 in course fees, these can be paid in instalments. Families of Armed Services personnel are subject to different fees regulations and may also have to pay course fees. If you think this may apply to you, please contact us and we can advise you. 

This course is not available to students who require a Tier 4 Home Office visa to study in Scotland (international or EU). 

Part-time FE students who are on low incomes or in receipt of certain benefits may also have their course fees paid for them. Please refer to page 2 of our Fees and Funding Guide to see if you are eligible.  

Each single SQA unit costs £88. You may be able to apply for an Individual Training Account (ITA) to cover up to £200 of part time fees. 

Funding

Bursary for Living Costs 

If you are 18 years of age or over on the start date of your course, and will be studying full-time you may be eligible for bursary funding, depending on your household income. Our bursary fund is finite and is allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis so it’s important to make your application for bursary as soon as the application process opens in July. You will need to have accepted our offer before you apply. 

If you are under 18 you may be eligible for EMA. EMA is paid at a rate of £30 per week dependent on your total household income.  

Please see page 2 of our Fees and Funding Guide for full details of Bursary and EMA.  

You may also be eligible for assistance with travel and childcare, and we have discretionary funds for those students in need. You can find all the information you need in our funding pages

What can I do on completion of my course?

When you’ve successfully completed this course, you can move on to study at a higher level with courses such as: 

  • NC Early Education  
  • Childcare  

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