Access to Childhood Practice (SWAP)

West College Scotland


Greenock (Waterfront) Campus


If you would like a career in Early Learning and Childcare, but lack the necessary qualifications, this could be the course for you. Access to Childhood Practice is part of the Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP) and is specifically for people who have been out of full-time education for at least 5 years. It prepares adult returners for entry into Higher Education within college or university. The course is taught using a variety of Learning & Teaching methods.

You'll learn about:
Child development theory; The holistic needs of children and young people; Working with children in an early education and childcare setting; The importance of play; The curriculum for early years; Importance of safeguarding children and young people.

Entry Requirements

No formal entry requirements. Interview, personal statement and two references required.

Progression Routes

After successfully completing this course, you will have the skills needed to get a role at support worker level or you could progress to the HNC Childhood Practice Award.

Start Date



Access to FE/HE

Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Child Care

SCQF Level