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A Job and a Joy

Working in Early Learning and Childcare is both varied and creative – and you won’t be sitting behind a desk all day. By 2020, there will be up to 11,000 new jobs available in Early Learning and Childcare (spoiler: it’s not about nappies and babysitting!) -

Childcare, learning image for landing pageOur excellent employer links, progression opportunities and supportive lecturers will give you the confidence to develop the skills and knowledge you need to strive in the rewarding Education, Health and Social Care industries. 

Course NameMany of our courses can be studies full time/part time to suit your lifestyle. Places available on courses starting in Thurso and Alness this year include:
NC Child, Health and Social Care This course will give you an introduction into the Child, Health and Social Care sectors to allow you to progress onto your preferred subject area. You will have the opportunity to complete three National five qualifications and a work placement unit.
NQ Health and Social Care (also available as Access to Nursing incorporating SWAP) This course is designed to meet the needs of current day practitioners within health and social care setting and is delivered in conjunction with the NQ Health, Sport and Fitness course. You will have the opportunity to complete three Highers and can use this course as access to social work, nursing and midwifery training.
NQ Social Services Children & Young People (Previously NC Early Education and Childcare) This course includes a work placement unit, National Progression Award in Social Services (Children and Young People) and a Higher in Childcare and Development. This course is the first level at which a childcare worker can register with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC). 
HNC Childhood Practice This course will give you a deep understanding of working with children and young people and will help you to integrate knowledge and theory into practice, including the importance of anti-discriminatory practice, in line with the National Care Standards and Scottish Social Services Council Codes of Practice. 

HNC Social Services

The HNC Social Services is a nationally recognised qualification and a valued award for people who want to work in a variety of social service settings, supporting individuals with varying needs. You will have the opportunity to undertake a work placement which will enable you to complete three units from the SVQ 3 Social Services and Healthcare. 

SVQ Social Services and Healthcare (SVQ level 2,3 & 4) Our suite of SVQ awards will allow you to demonstrate your competencies within your workplace. You will be assigned an assessor who will mentor and support you in the preparation of portfolio evidence. Our SVQ Level 2 in Social Services Children and Young People and Adults are both available to study full time.

SVQ Level 2 and 3 Youth Work

The SVQ in Youth Work at level 2 and 3 is a requirement of the Scottish Social Services Council for people who are employed in the youth work field in support worker roles. To achieve the SVQ qualification, you will complete units relevant to your work environment and level of responsibility.
BA (Hons) Health and Social Services (Fully online)

This BA (Hons) Health and Social Studies course focuses on topical health issues including sociology, psychology, public health, rural health issues, health care ethics and the integration of health and social care.

BA (Hons) Childhood Practice This fully-online honours degree offers practitioners in a wide range of childhood practice settings the opportunity to gain the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) recognised qualification to be a lead practitioner.
BA (Hons) Child and Youth Studies This leading BA (Hons) Child and Youth Studies degree will give you a rigorous understanding of the specific concerns associated with child and youth issues in this region and within the broader context of the UK and Europe.
BSc (Hons) Psychology The degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). Graduates who complete with at least second class honours will achieve the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). This is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.
PGDE Primary Teaching This course will prepare you for life as a primary teacher, with the skills and knowledge, to influence the lives of children you teach. You will benefit from studying in small, locally-based groups while collaborating remotely with other student teachers and tutors across the university’s network of colleges. The programme overlaps significantly with the PGDE Secondary to offer a cross-sector perspective.

I chose the HNC in Childhood Practice so I could gain more experience working in a childcare setting before progressing to the online Child and Youth Studies degree. The lecturers at the college are very supportive and helped me gain employment in a local Early Learning Centre, somewhere I have always wanted to work in. Amy Cameron, HNC Childhood Practice