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Towards a Career in Childcare

This course provides the basic theoretical knowledge to allow students to move on to the SVQ Level 2 Social Services (Children and Young People), or NC Early Education and Childcare.

It will provide work experience to allow the student to gain experience in Nurseries/pre school provision and to gather evidence to use towards the SVQ 2 or NC.

Students will be required to undergo an enhanced Protecting Vulnerable Groups check.(PVG).

Locations: Campbeltown, Dunoon, Islay, Lochgilphead, Oban, Rothesay

Early Education and Childcare NC

The National Certificate in Early Education and Childcare is 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 Early Education and Childcare. This Award also provides a theoretical background to those students who may wish to progress onto other Higher Education Courses which are related to the care, learning and development of children, for example teacher training.

Locations: All centres

Childhood Practice HNC

If you enjoy working with children and would like to make a difference to their formative years, the HNC Childhood Practice is the ideal course for you.

This is a nationally recognised qualification and valued award for people who want to work in a variety of early learning and childcare settings, supporting children and young people with varying needs.

This course will give you a deep understanding of working with children and young people, and will help you to integrate knowledge and theory into practice, including the importance of anti-discriminatory practice in line with the National Care Standards and Scottish Social Services Council Codes of Practice.

On successful completion you will be eligible to register with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) at practitioner level.

Locations: All centres

Primary Teaching PGDE

This course will prepare you for life as a primary teacher, with 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. The placements in schools are arranged nationally and you will be placed in schools within travelling distance of your home or term-time address. You will be able to choose from two pathways, English and Gaelic.

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.

Graduates of the course will hold provisional registration as a primary teacher with the General Teaching Council for Scotland.

Further information about studying on our PGDE programmes.

Location: Oban, with placement within traveling distance of your home/term time address