Childcare Students
Cardonald Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
24 Aug 2020
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 Year (August to June)

NQ Childcare will develop the knowledge, skills and understanding you require to work in childcare. It will improve and enhance employability skills and develop practical skills for working with children.

What will I learn?

Your studies will give you a sound theoretical basis on which to establish good practice in childcare. You'll have the opportunity to undertake national units at SCQF Level 5. With further study, it provides a good grounding for employment in childcare and related areas.

Course content

The course contains a mix of theoretical and practical units which will support developing knowledge and skills.

  • Development and Wellbeing of Children and Young People
  • Supporting Play for Children and Young People
  • Children and Young People: Rights and Protection
  • Supporting Children and Young People with Additional Support Needs
  • Supporting a Curriculum in an Early Education and Childcare setting
  • Values and Principles of Childcare
  • Developing Skills for College and Work.

Employer and industry links

This course provides the opportunity to start a career path in childcare. This entry-level qualification which provides some of the basic practice, skills and knowledge required for progression to qualifications that can be recognised by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) for registration.

Jobs and further study

  • NC Early Education and Childcare (Level 6)
  • SVQ 2 Social Services (Children and Young People) at SCQF Level 6
  • SVQ 2 Playwork at SCQF Level 6.

The course is offered as a first step towards either further education or employment within the childcare sector.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • three National 4 qualifications or equivalent, one of which must be English
  • applications are also invited from those without formal qualifications but who have relevant life and/or work experience.

Entry requirement 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.

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 outlined in your application followed by interview
  • The process will consist of an individual interview with a member of the lecturing team
  • You will be required to bring evidence of qualifications and a reference to interview
  • During the interview, you will also have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the course and/or the college
  • 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 this email
  • Once an offer is received, you must reply within 10 working days or risk losing your place
  • 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 is designed to give you a sound theoretical basis from which to develop good practice in Childcare and does not include a practical training placement.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3783