• January
  • Full-Time
  • 12 weeks or more
  • August
  • 1 year
  • Part-Time Evening
  • Early Education and Childcare
  • HNC (SCQF Level 7)


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Intro to the course:

This is a nationally recognised qualification for those who want to work in early learning and childcare settings, supporting children and young people with varying needs. Topics include collaborative practice, pedagogy, policy and legislation. The course includes a work placement. If you complete the course successfully, you will be eligible to register with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) at practitioner level. A new pilot HNC will be offered in 2022-23.

HNC (SCQF Level 7)

Study mode
Multiple Available

Start date

Who is the course for?

This course is ideal for anyone wanting to start a career as a early years practitioner.

What will I study?

The course includes care in contemporary society, leadership starts with me, health wellbeing and safeguarding, lifespan development theoretical approaches, effective communication, health, safety and security in the work setting, reflective practice learning, graded unit 1, support for play learning and development and promoting language literacy and numeracy.

Next Step Course Options

  • HND Childhood Practice 
  • BA (Hons) Primary Education 
  • registered Paediatric Nurse programme 
  • second year BA Childhood Studies 
  • HND Additional Support 
  • BA/BSc Psychology 
  • BA/BSc Social Sciences 
  • Diploma in Social Work 
  • Degree in Health Studies 
  • possible degrees with the Open University include Childhood and Youth Studies, Social Science, BA/Dip Education and Social Sciences (Strathclyde University)

How will I be assessed?

Closed and open book assessments.

Why should I choose this course?

The Scottish Government commitment to provide at least 1,140 hours of early learning and childcare to every child from the age of three has led to employment opportunities in the sector. This course will teach essential skills and knowledge to enable you to progress to HND study or into employment. You'll be taught by lecturers with direct experience, and do a work placement with private and council childcare providers. This is a popular course, so we encourage you to apply early.

Where can this course lead?

This course leads to work as an early years practitioner and employment in the voluntary, private or local authority sectors. Registration with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) is necessary.

What are the entry requirements?

One or more of the following: 

  • two Higher grades or 
  • one Higher plus Foundation Apprenticeship 
  • NC Early Education and Childcare, SWAP Access to Childhood Practice or equivalent SVQ level 2 
  • some childcare experience 
  • ability to communicate effectively 
  • Disclosure Scotland PVG check 
  • acceptance may depend on interview performance

What are the interview arrangements?

Applicants who meet the course criteria will be invited to attend an informal interview at South Lanarkshire College. 

For more information on this course and to speak to a member of our team email admissions@slc.ac.uk

Choose your study options

Study mode Full-Time Start date 09/01/2024 Duration 12 weeks or more
Study mode Full-Time Start date 28/08/2023 Duration 1 year
Study mode Part-Time Evening Start date 29/08/2023 Duration 1 year
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