Course Levels

SCQF Levels 4 -9

Campus Locations

Dunfermline, Glenrothes, Kirkcaldy, Levenmouth

Study Options

Full-time, Part-time, Work-based Learning

Applications Open

Start studying in January 2021 or August 2021

Why Choose Childcare at Fife College?

With huge demand in Scotland currently for qualified child care workers, there has never been a better time to turn your dream of working with children into a reality. Whether you want to work as a nursery nurse, playworker, classroom assistant or early years practitioner, you will get to use the knowledge and skills learned on your college course to change the world, one little person at a time!

Our wide range of childcare training courses, from introductory certificates in early learning and childcare, through to HNC and HND in Childhood Practice, will provide you with the transferable skills and practical work experience you need to advance in a career in childcare. And for those already working within the childcare sector, our flexible work-based and part-time study options mean you can fit studying for an SVQ in Social Services (Children and Young People) around work and family commitments.

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Fife College is, where appropriate, using the COVID-19 guidance from the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) to support students and to maintain the integrity of their award during these unprecedented times. For more information go to the SSSC website.

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Our Childcare Courses

We offer courses in the following subjects:

· Additional Support Needs

· Childcare and Development

· Childhood Practice

· Early Education and Childcare

· Early Learning and Childcare

· Educational Support Assistance

· Playwork and Childcare

· Social Services (Children and Young People)

Progress to a Degree

Did you know that an HNC or HND qualification is the equivalent of first year (HNC) or second year (HND) of a Degree at university?

So depending on the subject studied, successfully completing an HNC or HND at Fife College could mean that you have the opportunity to progress on to Year 2 or 3 of a related degree course at university.

The following route to a degree is currently available to students of HNC: Childhood Practice:

Year 1: HNC: Childhood Practice (Fife College)

Year 2: HND: Additional Support Needs (Fife College)

Year 3: BA (Hons) Community Education (University of the West of Scotland)

Alternatively, you could stay on at Fife College, and study all three years of your BA Learning Difficulties/Disabilities degree at our Dunfermline campus. So either way, studying at Fife College can be a more cost-effective, local alternative route to the same degree in Scotland, in the same amount of time!

What Happens after I Apply?

There are four possible outcomes from your interview:

 Unconditional offer: you have met all the entry requirements and your place is guaranteed.

 Conditional offer: your place is secured pending meeting the entry requirements.


 Waiting list: you have met all entry requirements; however, the course is full.
       If any spaces become available you may be contacted usually around about the course start date.

 Unsuccessful: speak to our Guidance Team.
       They may be able to help you find another suitable course.

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Hear from Linda Ormiston on how her childcare course helped her land a career in childcare.

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