Childhood Practice

University of the Highlands and Islands


Lews Castle College UHI, North Highland College UHI, Perth College UHI, Shetland College UHI, Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)


If you enjoy working with children and would like to make a difference to their formative years, the HNC Childhood Practice is the ideal course for you.

This is a nationally recognised qualification and valued award for people who want to work in a variety of early learning and childcare settings, supporting children and young people with varying needs.

This 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 anti-discriminatory practice in line with the National Care Standards and Scottish Social Services Council Codes of Practice.

On successful completion you will be eligible to register with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) at practitioner level.

Entry Requirements

2 Highers preferably including English plus 4 subjects at National 5 including English (if not held at Higher), or Foundation Apprenticeship Social Services (Children and Young People), or other relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 6. You should have some experience in a social service setting or similar, either in a voluntary or work capacity.

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

BA Hons Child and Youth Studies or BA Childhood Practice

Start Date




Study Method

Distance and Flexible learning
Part time (day)



Course Length

2 years


Education and Child Care

SCQF Level