Childhood Practice (SCQF level 9) CPD Award

Course code X3CP9

What is special about this course?

Are you already employed in the children’s services sector? Do you want to gain a better understanding of the challenges faced by our youngest generations, so that you can better support their needs? 

Take your next steps in this varied and vital sector, with our CPD Award Childhood Practice (SCQF level 9), and let us support you to:

  • Gain confidence in your capabilities as a learner by developing a critical and reflexive approach to your own workplace practice, and to the ideologies, policies, purposes and practices of children’s services nationally and internationally, in order to take appropriate responsibility for the development of quality practice
  • Deepen your understanding of all aspects of children’s development and learning, to improve your working practices and promote children’s wellbeing. Develop knowledge of a range of frameworks for development and learning, to inform the selection, provision and evaluation of educational and care experiences for children, enabling you to put your newfound theoretical skills into practice
  • Extend your awareness of the context of childhood and the social policy agenda to contribute to policy and practice for working collaboratively with children, families and communities
  • Acquire a better understanding of leadership, professionalism, and strategies for professional and multi-professional teams working in early learning and childcare settings, enabling you to engage in the leadership of workplace practice, assisting your organisation with policy development and implementation

Special features

  • A flexible study route to meet the SSSC registraton requirement for leadership in Childhood Practice
  • Course meets the Scottish Benchmark Statement: Standard for Childhood Practice
  • Modules focus on practical skills in the workplace and offer you an opportunity to link your developing professional practice with theory, current policy and legislation
  • The course is delivered entirely online and can be studied from anywhere in Scotland

Entry requirements

You must have at least two years' work experience in a relevant setting PLUS one of the following:

  • BA (Hons) Social Work (or equivalent)
  • GA BA Early Learning and Childcare
  • Degree/Diploma in Community Education as recognised by the Standards Council for Community Learning and Development for Scotland Approvals Committee
  • A qualification meeting the registration requirements for the following professional groups regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council:
    • Occupational Therapists
    • Art, Music and Drama Therapists
    • Physiotherapists
    • Speech and Language Therapists
    • Practitioner Psychologists
  • A qualification meeting the registration requirements of the General Teaching Council (Scotland), Nursing and Midwifery Council, or the General Medical Council

CPD Award

You will study the following modules:

  • Contemporary issues in childhood practice 
  • Leading change in childhood practice 
  • Promoting children’s rights and inclusion in childhood practice

How will I study my course?

  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will learn through online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors

How long will my course last?

  • Part-time (structured): 1 year 
  • Part-time (unstructured): up to 2 years

Where can I study my course?

  • Moray
  • North, West and Hebrides
  • Orkney
  • Perth
  • Shetland

This fully online course can be studied from anywhere in Scotland. You will be enrolled and supported by staff at your local or chosen campus

Start date

  • September
  • January


Most full-time students will have their fees paid.

Students on part-time courses may also be eligible to have their course fees waived.


UHI has a number of scholarships, bursaries, awards, and discretionary fund opportunities available to new and current students. Please use the A-Z of funds or use the filter to see which ones may be relevant to you. All students are welcome to apply.

Further information on funding your studies is also available, please see the attached link or contact the relevant UHI partner.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed this course, you might like to consider careers in:

  • Childhood practice leader/management
  • Care inspectorate
  • Roles in local and national childcare initiatives

Can I progress into further study?

You may wish to progress from CPD Award Childhood Practice (SCQF level 9) to the following courses:

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Apply for Childhood Practice (SCQF level 9) CPD Award

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2024 or Jan/Feb 2025

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