Childhood Practice Progression Award SCQF Level 6 SQA Level 6

Entry requirements

The candidate would normally have completed NQ 6 Childhood Practice, NC Early Year’s Childcare & Education, or SVQ 2 Social Services Children and Young People and have had some experience working in an early year’s setting.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

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 long will my course last?

The rationale for this award is to enable students who have completed the NQ 6 Childhood Practice (Vocational Route) to gain further qualifications and experience in an early years setting. 

 This course is specifically for students who have achieved the NQ Childhood Practice (or similar course) and require a further year to develop vocational skills.  The course will build on the NQ 6 Childhood Practice and enable the successful student to move towards a qualification that enables registration with SSSC as an Early Year’s Practitioner.

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Orkney, Kirkwall

Start date

26th August 2019


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.

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