Childhood Practice

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 and QAA, 2007). The programme has been designed to enable practitioners to gain an academic and professional qualification whilst remaining in employment.

Programme structure

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.

Core 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.

How to apply

Application forms and further information about this course can be
obtained by applying directly to the Programme Leader: Mary Wingrave

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.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2015


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 a full list of alternative qualifications please see: About entry requirements.

English language requirements

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: 92; no sub-test less than 20*
  • 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 (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • IGCSE: English language: B minimum.

Please note that TOEFL has now been removed from the approved list of English tests by the Home Office and TOEFL tests taken on or after 17 April 2014 will no longer normally be accepted for UK visa applications. However, the University as an HEI can still choose to accept TOEFL tests for admission to degree level courses and so TOEFL tests can still be accepted as normal for this programme.

Pre-sessional courses
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre 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 Language Centre 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:

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 contact the Language Centre.

Career prospects

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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:

How to apply

Applications are now closed for the next intake in September 2014.

However, applications are being accepted for the September 2015 intake.

Apply now