Professionally recognised by the
Scottish Social Services Council
(SSSC), this programme is ideally
suited for employed SSSC registered
practitioners who wish to become
registered as lead practitioners/
Relevant practitioner qualification.
You will be required to be employed as a practitioner, normally over 16 hours per week and usually with two years’ experience and practitioner registration.
A signed statement of support is required as part of the admission process.
Recognition of Prior Learning – contact the University for advice on Recognition of Prior Learning.
This Graduate Diploma will give you the
skills and knowledge to deliver quality
services to children and their parents
in an early years setting. Your studies
will include learning within childhood;
leadership and management; and
reflective practice and research.
Learning approaches are based
on extending your knowledge to
support and enhance practice through
analysis of critical incidents using
problem-based learning. Learning
and assessment is embedded in workrelated
practice and builds upon your
prior learning and existing knowledge
to meet the regulatory requirements
for lead practitioner employment.
You must be employed in, or have
access to, an acceptable professional
environment in which knowledge and
understanding of childhood practice
in Scotland has been developed.
The course consists of six modules
at SCQF Level 9. All modules include
‘strategy projects’ undertaken in the
workplace, which develop and enhance
the links between theory and practice
and involve critical reflection. There
is also the opportunity to undertake
research into a topic of special interest.
- Reflective Planning
- Leading Learning
- Leadership and Management
- Promoting Learning
- Developing Integrated Working
- Qualitative Research Methods
The Standard for Childhood Practice aims to help strengthen leadership in the childcare and early years sector and improve career opportunities for early years and childcare professionals. Graduates will find opportunities as lead practitioners/managers within these areas.
Work-based learning forms part of the
assessment so employment for more
than 16 hours per week is necessary.
You must also have employer support
and a mentor from your area of
practice to support your studies.
You will be assigned a personal tutor
and online tutoring support is available.
You will also use Personal Development
Planning to track your progress, plan
your future development and enhance
your future employability.
This course is approved by the
SSSC and is recognised as a lead