Childhood Practice (Primary Teaching Focus)

Edinburgh College


Sighthill Campus


This course is for applicants interested in progressing to further study on an initial primary education degree at university. Successful completion can also enable you to pursue a career in the early education, childcare or playwork sectors or to study at higher levels in Childhood Practice or Childhood Studies. This qualification is accepted by the Scottish Social Services Council for registration as a practitioner in the daycare of children service.

You will gain a thorough knowledge of working within the national curriculum for children aged 3-18 years, Curriculum for Excellence, and will become adept at using this to create learning opportunities and experiences for children.

The 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 the Health and Social Care Standards and Scottish Social Services Council Codes of Practice.

This course will focus on working in primary education, while also examining the wider perspective of supporting children's play, learning and development in a range of childhood practice settings.

This course will teach the importance of play to children's development, leadership skills, a thorough understanding of child development theories, strategies to support children with additional support needs, how to understand and support children's behaviour, contemporary family issues, collaborative working and the importance of health, wellbeing and safeguarding.

Entry Requirements

2 Highers including English, or Foundation Apprenticeship Social Services (Children and Young People) plus Higher English, or relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 6. You should have some experience of working in early learning or childcare settings in a paid or voluntary role.

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

HND Childhood Practice; BA Childhood Practice or Childhood Practice (PDA)

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Childhood Practice

SCQF Level