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Childhood Practice Graduate Diploma

University of the West of Scotland

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  • Qualification

    Graduate Diploma

  • Location

    Ayr Campus

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date

    SEP-21, JAN-22

  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary


Our Graduate Diploma Childhood Practice is a part-time course for individuals who already hold a relevant degree in addition to a relevant practitioner qualification.

Our course is professionally recognised by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), this programme is ideally suited for employed SSSC registered practitioners who wish to become registered as lead practitioners/managers.

You will gain the skills and knowledge to deliver quality services to children and their parents in an early years setting. Your studies will include learning within childhood; leadership and management; and reflective practice and research.

You must be employed in, or have access to, an acceptable professional environment in which knowledge and understanding of childhood practice in Scotland has been developed.

You must be employed for more than 16 hours per week and have employer support and a mentor from your area of practice to support your studies.

Teaching & Assessment

Learning approaches are based on extending your knowledge to support and enhance practice through analysis of critical incidents using problem-based learning. Learning and assessment is embedded in work related practice and builds upon your prior learning and existing knowledge to meet the regulatory requirements for lead practitioner employment. All modules include ‘strategy projects’ undertaken in the workplace, which develop and enhance the links between theory and practice and involve critical reflection. There is also the opportunity to undertake research into a topic of special interest.


Assessment strategies are designed to enhance the student’s engagement with the learning process. As such, criteria for assessment will reflect the aim of enhancing learning flexibility. Reflection remains an important tool for practice in the childcare sector and most assessments include an element of student reflection.

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University information

University of the West of Scotland

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  • Campus address

    University of the West of Scotland, Paisley Campus, High Street, Paisley, Renfrewshire, PA1 2BE, Scotland

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    21st out of 83 6

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    180 91%


  • Graduate prospects

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    99 99%


  • Student satisfaction

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    4.37 87%


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    130 75%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    90 90%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.01 80%



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