SWAP (Scottish Wider Access Programme) Childhood Practice

SWAP (Scottish Wider Access Programme) Childhood Practice


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This is a Scottish Wider Access Programme (SWAP) course for people interested in a career in Childhood Practice and is designed to help you reach your potential and to help you have the confidence to go on to be successful in a college or university course. If you’ve few or no formal qualifications and have been out of full-time education for a period of time you could be eligible for this course. Successful completion of the SWAP course may allow you entry to a number of 1st year degree programmes at university or HNC/D courses at college. The programme provides additional support to those adults who are returning to education after a period of time.

If you’d like more information about SWAP, we’re happy to help- just contact us or, have a look on the SWAP website here.

Core units include:

  • Child development: theory
  • Play for children and young people
  • Safeguarding of children and young people
  • Development of children and young people
  • HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C infections
  • First aid

This course includes a practical placement working in an early years setting.


  • Relevant work experience would be beneficial (not essential)
  • Successful performance at interview
  • PVG check

We welcome applications from people of all ages and from all backgrounds. We’ll take lots of factors in to account when assessing applications for entry. Please contact us if you’ve any queries about applying for the course.


Successful completion may allow you to progress to Higher National Certificate/Diploma courses in Childhood Practice.


You’ll have the opportunity to embark on a career in Childhood Practice.