Early Education and Childcare (Level 6) NC

What is special about this course?

This comprehensive course provides the theory and practical experience of working with children in an early years setting. Students who successfully complete this NC course can register with the Scottish Social Services Council as a support early years worker.

Entry requirements

4 passes at National 5, one must be an English based subject.

Or, 4 Intermediate 2 passes (A - C), one must be an English based subject.

Adult returners will be considered without these qualifications.

All applicants will be interviewed.

This is a Category 1 PVG course: PVG Scheme membership is required to successfully achieve target qualification, where there is guaranteed contact with vulnerable groups in key elements of the course. For further information visit this webpage.

  • Child Development, Pre-Birth to 16 Years
  • Child Development Theory
  • Services for Children and Young People
  • First Aid
  • Child Protection
  • Supporting Children’s Behaviour
  • Maintenance of a Safe Environment for Children
  • Play in Practice
  • Play in Early Education and Childcare
  • Developing an Understanding of Working with Children
  • Workplace experience
  • Supporting Children with Additional Support Needs

Essential Skills in:

  • Communication
  • Numeracy
  • Information Technology
  • Problem Solving
  • Working with Others.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time

You will study through short lectures, group discussions, individual exercises and personal study. You will also undertake a work experience placement as part of this course.

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Full-time (one year) or part-time (two years).

Where can I study my course?

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


    Most full-time students will have their fees paid.

    Students on part-time courses may also be eligible to have their course fees waived.

    For more information see the funding page. 

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    Academic: With successful achievement of additional credits, candidates may progress onto our HNC Childhood Practice.


    Employment/Career: This qualification will open doors to working with children in a variety of settings.

    Former students have: Gained employment as support workers in after school clubs, schools and private nurseries or moved on to further study.

    Is there more information available online?

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    What our students, graduates and staff say

    “A focused course which enables learners to explore the challenges faced in childcare and development” - Susan Berry, Senior Lecturer

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