Childhood Practice SCQF Level 6

What is special about this course?

This course is ideal if you want to begin a career in Childcare at Support Worker level. 

Developed in partnership with employers and industry, this course will provide you with a broad-base of theoretical and practical skills across a range of topics.

You will develop and enhance your knowledge, skills, values and competencies in working with children in a Childhood Practice setting.

You will also have the opportunity to take part in two 6-week placements.

Entry requirements

  • National 5s at BBDD or above, one of which must be English, OR
  • SCQF Level 5 qualification or equivalent. 
  • Applications are encouraged from prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above but who have considerable experience of working with children.

Category 1 PVG course: PVG Scheme membership is required to successfully achieve target qualification, where there is guaranteed contact with vulnerable groups in key elements of the course. Students on courses up to and including HND level have the cost of their application paid for. For further information visit this webpage.


Course content includes:

Mandatory Units:

  • Child Development
  • Child Development Theory
  • Services for Children and Young People
  • Planning for Practice
  • Planning for Practice: Workplace Experience
  • Sociology of Childhood
  • Providing a Curriculum in Childcare Practice
  • Protecting and Promoting the Rights of the Child

Optional Units: 

  • Supporting the Language Literacy and Numeracy in a Childcare Practice Setting
  • Supporting the Behaviour of Children and Young People
  • Coping Strategies and Building Resilience


How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

This course is delivered face-to-face on campus.

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Moray

Start date



The good news is that depending on your personal circumstances there are a wide range of bursaries, grants and allowances available to fund your college studies.


Our Student Finance Advisers can advise you on all aspects of student funding. The support available depends upon your personal circumstances.

Please refer to our Fees and Funding section for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion of this course you may progress onto the HNC Childhood Practice or any alternative HNC programme.

Alternatively, you could seek employment at support worker level within a childhood practice and childcare setting, along with professional registration with the Scottish Social Services Council.

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We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Moray. UHI Moray operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.