NQ Childhood Practice NQ

What is special about this course?

This National Qualification in Childhood Practice is most suitable for school leavers and mature students who are interested in promoting the learning and development of children, aged 2-5 years as a career.

This stimulating course provides students with the opportunity to study subjects related to childcare and development at Higher level. You will enjoy a mixed course of theory and practice both in college and in a placement.

Students can choose either a vocational or an academic route, depending on current entry qualifications, prior experience and expected progression.

Entry requirements

The candidate would normally be expected to have achieved 3 passes at National 5, one of which should be English.

Other Non-traditional qualifications alongside relevant experience, will also be considered, in particular for students wishing to take the vocational route.

The course is taught through a mixture of college and work placement experiences. You will attend placement two days a week and are required to complete a variety of projects and log books to demonstrate their ability to relate theory to practice.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Vocational Pathway

The course is taught face-to-face and through the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

How long will my course last?

  • 1 Year Full time
  • 2 Years Part time

Where can I study my course?

    • Work Based

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Full time

If you are studying a full time Further Education course (NCs, NQs etc.) the College claims your fees from the Scottish Funding Council for students who are under 18 on the first day of the course. Students over the age of 18 on the first day of the course have to apply to Orkney Islands Council (OIC) for a tuition fees bursary.

Information on the tuition fees bursary is available on the OIC website.

Part time

Normally you are responsible for your course fees but if you are in receipt of certain benefits you may be eligible for a Part Time Course Fee Waiver. Not all part-time courses at Orkney College UHI are covered by the Fee Waiver Scheme and only certain benefits are acceptable as a basis for a Fee Waiver. Please contact the college to enquire.

If you are eligible, you may be entitled to an ILA of up to £200 a year towards a course.

What can I do on completion of my course?

This course can lead to entry on the following vocational courses NC Early Education and Childcare, which in turn could lead to employment in childcare settings.

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I want to start in 2024/25

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Orkney College UHI. Orkney College UHI 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.