Early Learning and Childcare

SWAP Access to Childhood Practice


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Access to Childhood Practice is part of the Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP) and is specifically for people who have been out of full-time education for at least 5 years. It prepares adult returners for entry into Higher Education within college or university.  It is a great opportunity to start your Early Learning and Childcare career journey, studying with like minded individuals with a passion for Early Learning and Childcare, delivered by a lecturing team with vast knowledge and experience in this field.

Course Information

  • Applicants must be 5 years out of education
  • Relevant work experience would be beneficial (not essential)
  • Successful performance at interview
  • PVG check
  • Suitable references

Units for the full-time course and January start course will vary, please see below for more information.

Full time course units:

  • Child Development
  • Children and Young People Practice of Play
  • Safeguarding of Children and Young People
  • Outdoor Play
  • STEM in Early Learning and Childcare
  • Supporting a Curriculum in EECC

This course includes a practical placement 1 day per week and 3 days in College.

All subjects will be taught and assessed as a continuous process, with no end-of-course examinations. A combination of workbooks, practical activities, and written assessments are used to assess the level of knowledge and understanding.

Learners will undertake blended learning incorporating online and on campus learning for three full days per week. The college day starts at 9am and finishes at 4.15pm.

January start course units:

  • Child development
  • British Sign Language
  • Safeguarding of Children and Young People
  • Supporting Children with Additional Support Needs
  • STEM in Early Learning and Childcare

Please note that January start course will not include a placement.



Upon successful completion of this course, you will have the opportunity to articulate into the HNC Childhood Practice course, which will give you the necessary professional registration Scottish Social Service Council (SSSC) and a career as an Early Years Practitioner.

The course also allows progression to the HNC Additional Support Needs course, and then University after completion of HNC/D.

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