Access To HNC Childhood Practice (SWAP)

Dumfries and Galloway College


Dumfries Campus


The programme is designed for adults with no or few qualifications who want to become involved in a career in childhood practice or early years. Work in early years is changing in Scotland and there are good career opportunities in a rewarding and key job area for the development of the future life chances of children and families. The programme is specifically developed for those who wish to progress to HNC and make a difference.

This programme provides the opportunity for progression to an HNC Childhood Practice course. The HNC provides good career opportunities and if you wish you can progress to degree study. (The HNC Childhood Practice is the first year of the BA Childhood Studies/BA Childhood Practice degree at UWS and other universities with an articulation agreement in place).

Entry Requirements

This programme is designed for adults who have been out of education for at least 3 years, who left school without any qualifications or have qualifications which are now out of date and are therefore unable to apply to HNC.

Entry subject to interview and pre-entry test.

You will require a satisfactory criminal record check from Disclosure Scotland to show that you are suitable for this type of course. Contact Disclosure Scotland for details on the type you would need.

Progression Routes

Successful completion of the programme may provide articulation to the HNC Childhood Practice programme.

You also have the opportunity to apply for articulation to the 2nd year of BA Childhood Studies Degree at UWS after you have successfully obtained your HNC Childhood Practice qualification.

Start Date



Access to FE/HE

Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Education Studies and Supported Programmes

SCQF Level