Childcare and Development Higher

What is special about this course?

The main purpose of the Course is to enable learners to understand child development from pre-birth to 16 and the roles and responsibilities of practitioners, other professionals, parents/carers and others in contributing to the development of children
and young people.

Learners will gain knowledge, understanding and skills that will help them to contribute to the development of children in personal and professional contexts.

Good reasons to study this course are:

  • Useful springboard for university study e.g. teaching, nursing
  • Excellent underpinning knowledge of child development
  • The course gives you awareness of the theory behind modern educational practices.

Entry requirements

Candidates would normally be expected tohave attained one of the following (or equivalent): National 5 childcare course, one Standard Grade or National Qualification in a social subject, Standard Grade English at Credit Level, National 5 English, SCQF Level 5 communication.

Adult returners will be considered without these qualifications.

Child Development
In this Unit, learners will investigate child development from pre-birth to 16. They will develop an understanding of the holistic needs of children and young people and explore how these needs interrelate. Learners will evaluate methods for assessing the development of the child. The Unit provides learners with the opportunity to identify and analyse factors that influence child development.

Child Development: Theory
In this Unit, learners will develop an understanding of  theories of development and analyse these in relation to working with children and young people.

Services for Children and Young People
In this Unit, learners will explore current services and the role of professionals and others working in partnership to support the development of children and young people. Learners will develop an understanding of the ways in which legislation influences professional working relationships, and will analyse initiatives and strategies used to inform current practice.

Flexibility within Units will offer the opportunity for personalisation, as the learner can choose (with guidance) which childcare issues and settings to

Course Project
The learner will carry out a project in which they investigate the needs of children or young people and the range of ways in which professionals and others can meet those needs.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time

You will study through group discussions, lectures, personal study and individual tutor support.


How long will my course last?

1 Years

Part time - one session per week. Wednesday 9.15am to 4.00pm. Plus four hours study.

Where can I study my course?

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    For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.


    Most full-time students will have their fees paid.

    Students on part-time courses may also be eligible to have their course fees waived.

    For more information see the funding page. 

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    Academic: This course is useful if you are considering a career in early years education or nursing.

    Employment/Career: You might like to consider working in youth work or as a classroom assistant.

    Former students have: Used the knowledge gained to support progression to Higher National Certificate (HNC) or study for continued professional development (CPD) in their current employment.

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    What our students, graduates and staff say

    "I now have a better understanding of this subject."

    “A demanding course which provides underpinning knowledge of child development while providing an insight into working with children” - Susan Berry, Senior Lecturer

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