This programme has been developed to enable students with experience of working in childhood practice to meet the requirements of the Standard for Childhood Practice (SSSC, 2015). The programme has been designed to enable practitioners to gain an academic and professional qualification whilst remaining in employment.
The programme contains work-based elements and will be rooted in practice. You will review your experience and use this review as the basis for planning and setting targets for professional development within the programme.
Courses to be studied are dependant on your previous qualifications (HNCs, PDAs and SVQs). In consultation with the programme leader, your studies will be made up of the following courses.
- Professional enquiry: the standard for childhood practice
- Professional enquiry: planning a project
- E-learning developments & communication
- Professional enquiry: taking action & making an intervention
- Professional enquiry: sustaining & communicating improvements in practice
- Leadership, management & professional values
- Practice placement
Additional courses required to gain credit
- Childhood practice: global perspectives
- Self-evaluation & quality management
- Key issues & debates in contemporary childhood
- Multi-professional collaboration in children's services
- Social & cultural contexts of childhood
How will I learn?
Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, work in groups and other popular education methods. As this is a work-based learning programme, in addition to formal learning, you will draw from your own practice in the field of childhood practice.
Special Glasgow feature
This degree has been designed to meet the registration requirements of the Scottish Social Services Council’s for manager/lead practitioner in day care services for children.
Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2017
All students will be required to have completed an HNC, SVQ3, SVQ4 or equivalent professional qualifications in Children's Care, Learning and Development or Playwork. Students will be expected to undertake placement based assignments and must currently be working in a pre-5 setting or similar working environment and have a minimum of 4 years experience in a childhood practice setting.
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):
- overall score 6.5
- no sub-test less than 6.0
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)
Common equivalent English language qualifications:
- ibTOEFL*: 90; no sub-test less than: Reading: 20; Listening: 19; Speaking: 19; Writing: 23
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
- PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
- IGCSE: English language: B minimum
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests
* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
What do I do if...
my language qualifications are below the requirements?
The University's School of Modern Languages and Cultures offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.
my language qualifications are not listed here?
Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: Elaine.Shortt@glasgow.ac.uk
If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:
my academic qualifications are below the requirements?
Glasgow International College offers Foundation courses to upgrade your academic qualifications.
Visa requirements and proof of English language level
It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.
For further information about English language, please see School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study.
The Standard for Childhood Practice aims to strengthen the Childcare and Playwork sectors and improve career opportunities and pathways for professionals from the non-compulsory childcare sector. The programme aims to equip people working with children to have the skills they need to work across different areas such as education, health and social services in a leadership role. It is aimed at those who wish to progress into management within the Childcare and Playwork sectors and obtaining this degree will allow graduates to register with the SSSC at leader/manager level.
How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details.
Students on this programme are regularly supported by a SAAS Part-time grant through Students Awards Agency Scotland.
For a full list of other scholarships including eligibility criteria and how to apply, please see: