BA Childhood Practice

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The BA Childhood Practice is delivered at the Coatbridge Campus in partnership with the University of the West of Scotland. The qualification is designed to ensure that managers in early years settings are qualified to Degree level and eligible to register with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC). The BA is a part-time evening course and runs one evening a week for three years, with start and finish dates to be confirmed by UWS.

You must apply to both New College Lanarkshire and UWS for this course (Please click for UWS Application).

For more information, enquiries about APEL and cost of course please contact 

Please note to be eligible for this course you must be 16 by 31st October 2022 due to health and safety legislation.


In order to apply for the BA you are required to hold a qualification at Practitioner level, either the HNC Childhood Practice/HNC Early Education and Childcare or a SVQ level 3. In addition to this you should have the PDA Childhood Practice level 8 or a SVQ 4.  If there is a credit shortfall when calculating your relevant academic qualifications, you will have to complete an APEL (accreditation for prior learning) through UWS to reach the required credit level. This can be done prior to starting the course.

You must enter a full and detailed personal statement to the maximum characters allowed along with your work experience and qualifications. Failure to supply this information may result in your application being rejected.


The course has been designed to meet the Standard for Childhood Practice through study of learning within childhood, leadership and management, reflective practice and research.