Early Years Education

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There are many levels of study available depending on whether you're just starting out or are currently working in an early years or childcare setting and want to increase your skillset. Looking to become a teacher? See our PGDE courses

So you want a career in Education? Great choice! Did you know...

  • Investment in free Early Learning and Childcare places is worth over £700m to help meet demand
  • There are an increasingly wide and numerous range of opportunities in Education and our courses will help you whether you are starting out or progressing your career
  • You’ll also have the satisfaction of helping to shape the development of many young people
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Access to Care (Health & Early Years) NQ Level 5

This course offers foundational knowledge in Childcare and Health & Social Care, leading to careers in Nursing, Care Practitioner, Social Work or Teaching, among others. It’s scheduled conveniently for parents to fit around Nursery/School hours and is also suitable for school leavers or those seeking a career change.

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Childhood Practice NC Level 6

If you want to work with children and young people, this course will give you a broad understanding of all aspects of child development.  

It is an excellent course to allow you to explore the many different specialities and career paths open to you in this sector. 

This NC will help you gain entry to Higher Education courses, degrees and teacher training.   

You will spend a day a week in a work placement in a nursery or early years class from October until June, in addition to your 3 classroom days in college. You’ll get a truly hands-on learning experience, working with professionals to understand the links between theory and practice. 

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Childhood Practice HNC

If you enjoy working with children and would like to make a difference to their formative years, then the HNC Childhood Practice is the ideal course for you. This nationally recognised qualification and valued award will prepare you for work in a variety of early learning and childcare settings, supporting children and young people with varying needs.

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SVQ2 in Social Services (Children and Young People)

Get the skills and knowledge required to work with children and young people 0–21 years in a variety of settings in a supervisory capacity. You will gain an internationally recognised qualification which guarantees that you have the skills, knowledge and abilities required to carry out your role successfully.

This is a work-based learning qualification so to be able to study it you must be working in a suitable childcare or education-based organisation.

  • Where? All centres
  • Full or Part-time? Part-time
  • Want to find out more? Visit the course page
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SVQ3 in Social Services (Children and Young People)

Get the skills and knowledge required to work with children and young people 0–21 years in a variety of settings in a supervisory capacity. You will gain an internationally recognised qualification which guarantees that you have the skills, knowledge and abilities required to carry out your role successfully.

This is a work-based learning qualification so to be able to study it you must be working in a suitable childcare or education-based organisation.

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SVQ4 in Social Services (Children and Young People)

Required qualification for managers of care settings as a second qualification for registration with the Scottish Social Services Council, or for managers who do not already possess a health and social care qualification. This includes care settings such as care homes, residential care or care at home services for children and young people.

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Child and Youth Studies BA (Hons)

This leading BA (Hons) Child and Youth Studies degree will give you a rigorous understanding of the specific concerns associated with child and youth issues in this region and within the broader context of the UK and Europe.

The course is taught entirely online via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE) and you will be supported locally by your personal academic tutor face-to-face, via email, telephone and online, which means that you can fit your studies around your personal and professional commitments.

  • Where? All centres
  • Full or Part-time? Full-time or Part-time
  • Want to find out more? Visit the course page
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Childhood Practice BA (Hons)

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.

  • Where? All centres
  • Full or Part-time? Part-time (structured or unstructured)
  • Want to find out more? Visit the course page
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PGDE

We have two options for PGDE study available depending on what school stages you would like to teach, courses are available for both English medium and Gaelic medium.

If you have any questions in making your application, you can always get in touch with us as our team is here to help.

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PGDE Primary

English Medium - Gaelic Medium

Prepare to become a primary teacher, gain the skills and knowledge to influence the lives of children you teach. The PGDE consists of 18 weeks study at the university, plus 19 weeks in professional practice in schools. Placements are arranged nationally and you will be placed in schools within travelling distance of your home or term-time address.

If you wish to apply for the Gaelic pathway you must be a fluent Gaelic speaker, your language proficiency will be assessed at interview. On this pathway, parts of the course are delivered through the medium of Gaelic and you will complete the majority of your school practice in a Gaelic setting.

  • Where? most Argyll locations
  • Full or Part-time? Full-time
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PGDE Secondary

English Medium - Gaelic Medium

Get the qualifications and skills you need for a career in secondary teaching. The course is offered in partnership with Argyll and Bute, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Highland, Moray, Orkney Islands and Shetland Islands councils, each working with the university through their local campus. The PGDE (Secondary) consists of 18 weeks study at the university plus 19 weeks in professional practice in schools. Placements are arranged nationally and you will be placed in schools within travelling distance of your home or term-time address.

If you wish to apply for the Gaelic pathway you must be a fluent Gaelic speaker, your language proficiency will be assessed at interview. On this pathway, parts of the course are delivered through the medium of Gaelic and you will complete the majority of your school practice in a Gaelic setting.

  • Where? most Argyll locations
  • Full or Part-time? Full-time