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  • Qualification

    HNC - Higher National Certificate

  • Location

    Falkirk Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Please note that due to COVID-19, this course will initially be delivered via a blended learning approach, which may include face-to-face learning in the classroom, remote learning off-campus and digital learning. When delivery is taking place on-campus, there will be reduced student numbers and physical distancing measures in place.

This course is aimed at those who wish to gain employment as an early learning and childcare practitioner. This sector is expanding and demand for qualified early years staff is set to rise. The course will provide the student with a wide knowledge of the factors which influence children's care and their learning and development. Students will gain an understanding of the principles, values and legislation underpinning early years practice. The course also provides opportunities to relate theory to practice with a practical placement for two days each week, which will give candidates the opportunity to see first-hand how early years settings operate.

Career Paths

Early Years Practitioner

The qualification has been identified as appropriate for early education and childcare practitioners and successful completion of the course will enable you to seek employment to work with children in a range of public and private settings and register with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) at practitioner level.


Successful completion of the course may allow progression to:

  • BA Childhood Practice
  • Primary teaching
  • Part-time study of PDA Childhood Practice
  • Related studies at higher level

Forth Valley College has formal articulation links in place for entry into year 2 of the following degree programmes:

  • BA (Hons) Childhood Studies - University of the West of Scotland
  • BA Childhood and Youth Studies - Open University

Tuition fees

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£ 6,000per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Forth Valley College of Further and Higher Education

  • Campus address

    Forth Valley College of Further and Higher Education, Grangemouth Road, Falkirk, Falkirk, FK2 9AD, Scotland

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