Higher Childcare and Development

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Attendance PatternDurationSCQF LevelYear Group
Four hours per week (online) 1 year 6  S6

Four hours per week over one academic year. This time is wholly flexible as it is delivered online. The external project is compiled across the year, in line with SQA deadlines.

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About this course

About this course

The Higher Childcare and Development relates to the care, learning and development of children pre-birth to aged 16. It is concerned with the roles and responsibilities of practitioners, other professionals and parents/carers in contributing to the development of children and young people. The course is delivered online via a Virtual Learning Environment.

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Child Development

The aim of this unit is for learners to investigate child development from pre-birth to 16. They will investigate the holistic needs of the child or young person and explore how these needs interrelate. Learners will evaluate methods for assessing the development of the child or young person and identify and analyse factors that influence development.

Child Development Theory

The aim of this unit is for learners to understand ways in which theories of development are applied in childcare settings, and to evaluate these theories in relation to current practice.

Services for Children and Young People

The aim for this unit is for learners to explore current childhood services and the role of practitioners, professionals and others working in partnership to support the development of children and young people. Learners will investigate the ways in which legislation influences professional working relationships, and will analyse initiatives and strategies used to inform current practice.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Open to pupils in S6 who have achieved a suite of National 5 qualifications preferably including English. You will be invited to attend  a College interview.

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Course progression

Course progression

Successful completion of this course would increase success on Early Education and Childcare courses and would also enhance any young person’s portfolio for application to Primary Teaching, Social Work, Nursing etc. The nature of the delivery offers online skills which transfer to any under graduate programme as well as into the work place.