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NQ in Early Education & Childcare SCQF Level 5

SCQF Level 5

Introduction to Early Education and Childcare incorporates the SQA National Progression Award (NPA), 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 including English
  • Four Standard Grades at Level 3 or above including English
  • First Steps to a Career in Childcare
  • Introduction to Practical Care Skills

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.

Further Study

  • NC Early Education and Childcare
  • SVQ Level 2 Social Services (Children and Young People)

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.

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 our Financing Your Studies page in our Student Information section.

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
Other part-time day programme 1st Year 21 Aug 2017 04 May 2018 School College Partnership apply online
Full time 1st Year 04 Sep 2017 15 Jun 2018 St Brycedale Campus Kirkcaldy course full
Full time 1st Year 04 Sep 2017 15 Jun 2018 Halbeath Campus Dunfermline course full
Full time 1st Year 04 Sep 2017 15 Jun 2018 Stenton Campus Glenrothes course full
Short full-time 1st Year 29 Jan 2018 12 Jun 2018 Halbeath Campus Dunfermline apply online

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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