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).
- September start
- Childhood Practice BA
- Glasgow: main campus
What our students say
Engaging with this programme has enabled our students to develop their careers by following exciting pathways and to contribute more effectively to childhood practice service provision and wider Scottish society through the development of their leadership of learning and staff. Anthony’s feedback is testament to that…
“I have found the course immensely helpful in my professional development. In the last 6 months I have started my own business training SSSC registered workers in the appropriate use of social media and have also joined the bank lecturer pool at Glasgow Kelvin College. All the while maintaining my current assistant manager’s post [in an out of school service]! Neither of these new ventures would have been achievable without undertaking the BACP and receiving the guidance that I have.”
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 dependent on your previous qualifications (HNCs, PDAs and SVQs). Teaching is delivered through seminars, self-study guides and online spaces which focus on active participation by students individually and collaboratively, thereby further enhancing graduate attributes and employability. As this is a work-based learning programme, in addition to formal learning, you will draw from your experience in the field of childhood practice. In consultation with the programme leader, your studies will be made up of the following.
In effect, students will enter into year 2 of the BACP. However, accreditation of prior learning to the value of 120 level 7 credits will be required to facilitate that. Students who do not fulfil or only partly fulfil that requirement will be assigned an individualised learning statement (which will be assessed) to make up any shortfall. That will be based upon their previous experiential learning and will be assessed.
Years 2 and 3
- 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 (and may involve entering into a further period of study)
- Key issues & debates in childhood practice (courses A and B)
- Multi-professional collaboration in children’s services
- Social & cultural concepts of childhood.
Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.
Special Glasgow feature
Attainment of this degree satisfies SSSC registration requirements for heads of centre posts in childhood practice.
Our international links
Aspects of our courses encourage you to explore childhood practice from other countries, enabling you to make useful comparisons with and improvements in childhood practice at local, national and international scales.
for entry in 2020
BA: Up to six years on a part-time basis
All students will be required to have completed an HNC, SVQ3, SVQ4 or equivalent professional qualification 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-five setting or similar working environment and have a minimum of four years' experience in a childhood practice setting.
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
English language requirements
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 as a First Language (0500/0522): C in Reading and Writing, plus 1 in Listening, 2 in Speaking, where applicable. All four components (listening, writing, speaking, reading) must be examined and detailed on results slip
- IGCSE: English as a Second Language (0510/0511): A in Reading and Writing, plus A in Listening, 2/B in Speaking, where applicable. All four components (listening, writing, speaking, reading) must be examined and detailed on results slip
- 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:
- School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study
- BALEAP guide to accredited 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:
- UK Border Agency Tier 4 English Language requirements
- UKBA list of approved English language tests [pdf]
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.
This qualification will enable you to significantly develop your career in childhood practice. The graduate attributes developed will equip you as a leader in a range of childhood practice contexts and for further studies.
This qualification leads to enhanced registration with the Scottish Social Services Council.
Fees and funding
How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details.
The University is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. That's why we've invested more than £1m in additional scholarship funding in recent years.
RUK Access Bursary 2019 Entry
The bursary supports talented students who might not be able to take a place at University for reasons of financial hardship and available to new entrant full-time undergraduate students of the University of Glasgow who are fully registered for Session 2019-20 as being domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and paying annual tuition fees of £9,250 per annum.More Information
RUK Excellence Scholarship 2019
The RUK Excellence Scholarship of £1,000 for each year of study will be awarded to first degree entrants who have attained AAA or better in one sitting at A Level (or equivalent).More Information
James McCune Smith Scholarship
The University of Glasgow has 30 undergraduate scholarships available for students of African/African-Caribbean descent. The scholarship supports students who could face financial difficulties taking up their place to study at the University. The value of the scholarship is £2,000, paid in instalments for the first year of undergraduate study only.More Information
The University of Glasgow offer a 15% discount on the first year of tuition fee to students from Beaconhouse Schools and who enrol on an undergraduate programme at the University of Glasgow. The discount does not apply to Veterinary Medicine, Medicine and Dentistry programmes.More Information
The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database
How to apply
To apply for the BA Childhood Practice you must apply online. We cannot accept applications any other way.
Please check you meet the Entry requirements for this programme before you begin your application.
As part of your online application, you also need to submit the following supporting documents:
- Mentoring form
- SSSC Registration Form
- Employer agreement
- Learner agreement
- One reference letter on headed paper
You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process.
You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload supporting documents such as your mentoring form or reference.
Guidance notes for using the online application
These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately; they are also available within the help section of the online application form.
If you experience any difficulties accessing the online application, please see: Application troubleshooting/FAQs
- Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
- Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
- Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
- Proposed date of entry: Please select September 2019.
- Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the certificate or transcript. Please ensure that you record all practitioner qualifications in this section (e.g. SVQ Level 3 Early Education and Childcare).
- English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
- Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course including your present employment. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.
Please note you must have a minimum of four years work experience in childhood practice and you must currently be employed in a childhood practice setting in Scotland and for the duration of the course to be eligible to gain admittance for this course. You must also be currently registered with the SSSC (Scottish Social Services Council) unless you are a childminder registered with the Care Inspectorate which in that case suffices too.
Reference: Please provide one reference. This should typically be an academic reference but in cases where this is not possible then a reference from a current employer may be accepted instead. If you already have a copy of a reference on letter headed paper then please upload this to your application. If you do not already have a reference to upload then please enter your referee’s name and contact details on the online application and we will contact your referee directly.
- UK and EU applications: 4 May 2019
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