Course Details

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Intermediate Certificate: Early Education & Childcare incorporating NPA Playwork & Childcare

SCQF Level 5

This course incorporates the SQA National Progression Award, which is an ideal first qualification for anyone who is interested in working with children in a variety of childcare environments.

This course provides an introduction to working with children and develops the skills, values and attributes required to study within the field of childcare. You will learn about the importance of play, child development, children’s rights and protection and how to support children with additional support needs. Also incorporated into your studies is the Youth Achievement Scotland Award which supports students to become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors in their communities.

We promote active learning and you can expect to be taking part in activities both in and out of the classroom. You will undertake a two day work placement within a childcare setting, providing you with valuable experience of working with children whilst linking theory to practice. Patterns of placement may vary between campuses.

What You Study

  • Working with children and young people
  • Children and young people: rights and protection
  • Children and young people: the process of play
  • Development and wellbeing of children and young people
  • Supporting children with additional support needs (ASN)
  • First Aid

The Core Skills of ICT, numeracy and communication will be developed and certificated on this course.

Duration and Attendance

  • One year full-time.
  • Short full time (January)

Entry Requirements

You must be 16 years of age at the start of the course and possess one of the following:

  • Four National 4s or equivalent (see our Qualifications Explained page for details) including English
  • Certificate: First Steps to a Career in Childcare incorporating Skills to Work: Early Education and Childcare
  • Certificate: Practical Care Skills

In addition, internal applicants will also require a positive Internal Learner Reference (ILR).

You will also require a PVG check through Disclosure Scotland in order to go out on the placement(s) as part of this course (visit for more information). If you are concerned about any information that may affect your PVG, you can contact our Guidance team to discuss this before submitting your application.

Funding Information

For information on how to apply for funding for your course fees to be paid, funding options and other financial support available, please visit the Financing Your Studies page in our Student Information section.

Further Study

  • National Certificate: Early Education and Childcare
  • SVQ: Social Services (Children and Young People) SCQF Level 6

Career Opportunities

This is an ideal first qualification for anyone who is interested in working towards a role as a playworker, nanny, or childcare assistant.

Application Process

As well as having appropriate entry qualifications, selection on to this course will be based on criteria outlined in Fife College’s admissions procedure, which will include a personal statement, an interview, and a satisfactory reference or Transition Form.

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This course is currently offered on the date(s) and venue(s) listed below.

Method of Study Year of course Starts* Ends* Based at Apply
Short full-time 1st Year 01 Feb 2018 12 Jun 2018 Halbeath Campus Dunfermline course full
Other part-time day programme 1st Year 20 Aug 2018 03 May 2019 School College Partnership apply online
Full time 1st Year 03 Sep 2018 14 Jun 2019 St Brycedale Campus Kirkcaldy course full
Full time 1st Year 03 Sep 2018 14 Jun 2019 Halbeath Campus Dunfermline apply online waiting list only
Full time 1st Year 03 Sep 2018 14 Jun 2019 Stenton Campus Glenrothes apply online waiting list only

While we make every attempt to ensure the accuracy of course information, this is subject to change, as part of our continuous improvement process.

*Start and End dates refer to the week commencing date and the actual date could be any date within that week.

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