Early Education and Childcare (National 4)

What is special about this course?

This course is aimed at students who may be considering a career in Child Care or Education. The course will provide you with an insight into working in Early Learning and Child Care settings. You will develop your knowledge of the sector; gain a range of practical skills and grounding in child development. This will prepare you to work in a variety of settings or for further study. 

Entry requirements

This Skills for Work course is open to Secondary 3 and 4 pupils.

All applicants will be interviewed.

  • Child Development
  • Play in Early Education and Childcare
  • Working in Early Education and Childcare
  • Maintenance of a Safe Environment for Children

On successful completion of the course, you will be awarded SQA  accreditation at National 4 level. 

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Day release
  • Skills for Work

How long will my course last?

2 Years

Part time - alternate Fridays over two years (18 sessions in year one and 12 in year two). 9.15am to 3.30pm.

For Secondary 3 and 4 pupils.

Where can I study my course?

    • Lerwick Campus
    • Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick

Start date



For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Academic and Career: You can progress on to either our full-time National Certificate (NC) Level 5 Child, Health and Social Care or full-time NC in Early Education and Childcare courses, or SVQ training, a modern apprenticeship or employment.

You could also progress to the Foundation Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care (for S5/6 pupils).

Is there more information available online?

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“I enjoyed this course and found it very beneficial in helping me decide my career path.”

“This interactive course is designed as an introduction to early education and childcare and should enable students to begin to understand some of the demands and responsibilities of working in this sector” - Lorraine Watson, Course Team Leader

Apply for Early Education and Childcare (National 4)

Applications for this subject are currently closed.

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Shetland. UHI Shetland operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.