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

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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Childhood Studies: An Introduction SCQF level 5

This is an access course providing you with a qualification to unlock further study towards a career working with children and young people, with a combination of theory and practical experience to provide an excellent base knowledge to build on.

  • Where? Campbeltown, Dunoon, Lochgilphead, Oban, Rothesay
  • Full or Part-time? Full-time
  • Want to find out more? Visit the course page
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Early Education and Childcare NC

Aimed at school leavers, adult returners or those in employment in the early education and childcare sector as a basis for building on good practice, continuing professional development or for those who wish to progress to further study in this field or into study related to the care, learning and development of children, for example teacher training.

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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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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 international recognised qualification which guarantees that you have the skills, knowledge and abilities required to carry out your role successfully.

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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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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? Oban, Lochgilpead
  • 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? Oban, Lochgilpead
  • Full or Part-time? Full-time