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Childhood Studies: An Introduction SCQF level 6

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

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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

Social Services (Children and Young People) SVQ2

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The SVQ 2 Social Services (Children and Young People) is the replacement qualification for the SVQ 2 Children's Care Learning and Development (CCLD).

This qualification covers a wide range of knowledge and skills required by those working with children of all ages and with differing needs in a range of childcare settings.

Locations: All centres

Social Services (Children and Young People) SVQ3

This vocational course aims to provide students with the skills and knowledge required to work with children 0 - 16 years in a variety of settings and to qualilfy students to work in a supervisory capacity.

Successful completion of the course will allow students to register with the Scottish Social Services Council at 'practitioner' level.

You will be required to undergo a 'Disclosure Scotland' check.

Locations: All centres

Social Services (Children and Young People) SVQ4

This level 4 award is required by 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.

Locations: All centres