Childcare student with toy
Cardonald Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
23 Aug 2021
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 year (August to June)

This course is no longer accepting applications.

NC Early Education and Childcare provides an integrated programme of theory and practice at SCQF Level 6 and aims to enable you to work effectively in certain posts within the field of Early Education and Childcare.

What will I learn?

  • Communication
  • Developing an understanding of working with children
  • Developing an understanding of working with children: workplace experience
  • Child development theory
  • Services for children and young people
  • First aid
  • Guidance
  • HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C infections
  • Play in early education and childcare
  • Play in practice
  • Optional units
  • Supporting ICT in early years units.

Please note that due to the impact of COVID-19, this course will be delivered via a blended learning approach - which may include limited face-to-face learning on campus combined with remote learning off-campus and digital learning approaches. If and when delivery is taking place on-campus, there will be reduced student numbers and physical distancing measures in place. If you require any support in learning digitally please inform the Course Leader or Student Support team.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • Four passes at National 5 or equivalent at C or above, one of which much be English
  • Successful completion of the NC Childcare (Level 5) course may also be considered
  • Applications with no formal qualifications are considered but must have relevant experience / interest in Early Years. Selection for interview will be based on the content of a personal statement where we can establish your interest in learning in the Early Years field
  • Due to the number of internal candidates progressing to the next level of study, places on this course may be limited
  • You will be required to enter the PVG scheme administered by Disclosure Scotland. This check will be carried out before undertaking work experience. Any applicant who has offences that may be recorded on a Disclosure Scotland check should discuss this with staff at interview
  • You are required to provide two satisfactory references - one of which must be from either education or employment. We cannot accept references from family members.

Entry requirements equivalency table

  • If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.

Employer and industry links

Current Government Initiatives are in progress to increase the provision of numbers in the Child Care Workforce by 2020. As a result this is an excellent time to begin your studies in helping meet this target. This course will help you begin your journey to qualify to the required standard for employment as a Child Development Officer in the future.

The course content will also equip you with knowledge of working with two Curriculum Frameworks, Pre Birth to Three and Curriculum for Excellence. This knowledge will once again improve employment opportunities as Government plans also include expansion of provision for Children and Families by increasing the volume of Extended Day Care Provision and Hours.

Jobs and further study

  • HNC Childhood Practice (subject to satisfactory references and NC practical training placement reports)
  • HNC Additional Support Needs
  • SVQ Level 3 Social Services (Children and Young People)
  • Employment as a Nursery Assistant within private or partnership childcare providers.

Making an application

For courses starting in August, you can make up to two applications.

Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.

I've applied — what happens next?

When you apply, you will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application and will be in contact as per the following stages:

  • Selection will be by assessment of qualifications and interview. Applications forms must be completed fully and accurately and will be checked for current and/or pending qualifications
  • The process will consist of a group information session where you will receive more information about the course and college and will be required to complete a PVG application form provided by the college. This will be followed by an individual interview when you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the course and/or college. You will be required to bring evidence of qualifications and an academic reference to interview
  • Interviews will begin in February and will continue until June
  • Selection outcomes are based upon careful consideration of interview performance, qualifications and/or relevant workplace experience for each applicant. One of three selection outcomes will be made for each applicant and will be sent by email within 10 working days of the interview
  • The selection outcomes are ‘unconditional offer’; ‘conditional offer’, or ‘unsuccessful’. Any ‘conditions’ to your offer will be clearly outlined in the email
  • Once an offer is received, you must reply within 10 working days or risk losing your place
  • If a place is unavailable at your campus of first choice, you may be offered a place at one of our other campuses and you must respond to this within the timescale above
  • Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent further information relating to student funding in June with joining instructions and induction information in mid-July. You must accept your offer as soon as possible in order to secure your place. If you are made a conditional offer, you must provide the required evidence (qualifications, references, other details) as soon as it is available or risk losing your place
  • This course involves a placement element which requires that all successful applicants enter the PVG scheme administered by Disclosure Scotland. Both the placement and the PVG check will be organised (and PVG costs met) by the college. This check will be carried out before undertaking work experience. Any applicant who has offences that may be recorded on a Disclosure Scotland check should discuss this with staff at interview.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3783