This course is suited to applicants who already have some experience of working with children and certificated academic qualifications at SCQF level 5 or above.

This group award combines theory and practical work experience in an early years setting. This course will develop awareness and understanding of all aspects of children’s growth and development from birth to 16 years.

  • Teamwork
  • Leadership skills
  • Good communicator
  • Confident
  • Adaptable
  • Self-aware
  • Reflective
  • Resilient
  • Full-time study is one academic year and days of study are different depending on campus
  • This course is perfect for young people and adults who are looking to get back into education or those who are progressing on from our Level 5 Introduction to Early Education and Childcare and or School College Partnership courses
  • On successful completion the award will allow you to work with children and young people as a support worker
  • This course combines theory and practical work experience in an early year setting
  • You will gain an understanding of the key issues involved in caring for young children, including their needs and how to provide for development and education from birth onwards

Some of the units you will study include:

  • Child development
  • Child development: theory
  • Services for children and young people
  • Supporting children’s rights and entitlements
  • Supporting children’s behaviour
  • Play in early education and childcare

You will undertake a work placement within a nursery and/or primary school setting. This will enable you to gain direct experience of working with children, linking theory to practice. Patterns of placement may vary between campuses.

Assessments are scheduled across the year and are mainly National Assessment Bank Materials, you will also be required to complete a work placement portfolio of tasks across both childcare settings to evidence your understanding of the role of a childcare professional.

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

  • Five National 5s at Grade C or above including English at Grade A or B
  • Completion of an SCQF Level 5 course, such as Intermediate Certificate: Early Learning and Childcare incorporating National Progression Award: Playwork and Childcare with 12 assessed credits including Maths/Numeracy, IT, and Communication at SCQF Level 5
  • Alternative equivalent qualifications will be considered on an individual basis


  • You will also require a PVG check through Disclosure Scotland in order to go out on the placement(s) as part of this course
  • HNC: Childhood Practice SCQF Level 7
  • HNC: Social Services SCQF Level 7
  • HNC: Additional Support Needs: Supporting the Individual SCQF Level 7
  • On completion you can apply for registration as an SSSC professional and go into employment in various childcare settings at support worker level
  • Students are required to purchase stationery and textbooks at an approximate value of £50
  • You should also ensure that you have appropriate clothing and outdoor footwear as you will be expected to participate in outdoor learning activities whilst in college and on work placement
  • Please complete an online application form
  • You may be required to take part in an informal conversation as part of the application process. This group/individual conversation may be an information session, a portfolio discussion, or a skills based exercise
  • Reference to support application or school transition form where applicable
  • Must be 16 years of age at start of study
  • Eligibility for membership of the PVG scheme to attend the mandatory workplace experience