Childhood Practice (GradDip)

University of the West of Scotland


Ayr Campus, Dumfries Campus, Lanarkshire Campus


The Graduate Diploma Childhood Practice is professionally recognised by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC). This programme is ideally suited for employed SSSC registered practitioners who wish to become registered as lead practitioners/managers.

You will gain the skills and knowledge to deliver quality services to children and their parents in an early years setting. Your studies will include learning within childhood; leadership and management; and reflective practice and research.

Entry Requirements

You must possess a relevant degree and practitioner qualification.

You must be employed in, or have access to, an acceptable professional environment in which knowledge and understanding of childhood practice in Scotland has been developed.

You must be employed for more than 16 hours per week and have employer support and a mentor from your area of practice to support your studies.

A signed statement of support is required as part of the admission process.

Start Date

September, January


Postgraduate Diploma

Study Method

Part time (evening)

Course Length

2 years


School of Education and Social Sciences



SCQF Level