Childhood Practice

Fife College


Dunfermline (Halbeath) Campus


There are currently greatly increased opportunities to work with children and young people and this is a Scottish Social Services Council recognised practitioner level qualification for working in early years’ settings. It provides the opportunity for practical, real-life work experience through an extended work placement within an early years setting.

You will be expected to work independently both in and out of college, reflect on and critically evaluate your practice and take responsibility for your learning. Assessments include essay, research tasks, SVQ Observations, and a Graded Unit which is an independent project that requires you to work autonomously to examine an area of childhood practice.

This course will teach a wide range of topics including leadership skills, child development, childcare theory, health and safety, and care in contemporary society.

Entry Requirements

2 Highers including English; or Foundation Apprenticeship Social Services and Healthcare or Social Services (Children and Young People) plus English; or NC Childhood Practice; or other relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 6. Interview.

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

Relevant HND or degree course

Start Date




Study Method

Part time (evening)
Part time (weekend)

Course Length

2 years


Childhood Studies

SCQF Level