Early Education and Childcare

What is special about this course?

This course enables you to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required to gain employment in childcare at support level. The course also prepares you for entry to the HNC Childhood Practice course. The course covers the years from birth to 12.

Please note that students on this course are required to have a satisfactory (PVG) Protecting Vulnerable Groups check to enable participation in practice placement.  If you know of something that may appear on a disclosure check that could affect your application, please contact: Heather.Henderson.Moray@uhi.ac.uk or telephone 01343 576269 before you apply to discuss.

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Entry requirements

4 National 5s (2 at A or B and 2 at A - D) one of which must be English
satisfactory attainment of a prerequisite SCQF Level 5 or equivalent.

Applications are encouraged from mature students who do not possess formal qualifications but have the skills to meet the academic demands of the course.

A satisfactory Protecting Vulnerable Adults (PVG) check is also required.


Units will include:
• Developing an Understanding of Working with Children
• Services for Children and Young People
• Experiential Approaches
• Child Development
• Childcare Development: Theory
• Play
• Supporting Children’s Behaviour
• Placement Experience


How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

Face to face teaching, supported with Virtual Learning Environment engagement. Two work placements of six weeks duration help students build links between theory and practice.

Portfolios, Reflective Accounts of Practice and Closed Book Assessments.

How long will my course last?

Full time - 1 year (includes a minimum of 60 days on placement).

Where can I study my course?

    • Moray College UHI

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The good news is that depending on your personal circumstances there are a wide range of bursaries, grants and allowances available to fund your college studies.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Further study may include HNC Childhood Practice/Continuing Professional Development (CPD), or employment in the childcare area in a support role e.g. Playgroup Assistant.

Those wishing to progress to the HNC need to pass the external Higher project
additional to the NC course. Students can also use the award for registration with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) as a Support Worker.

Is there more information available online?

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What our students, graduates and staff say

‘I really loved going out on placement and finding out what the children are learning at nursery. Group work in the class was really fun’  : Adele    ’The course helped build our confidence, staff were helpful and it was a good experience. My placement offered me a job’  : Claire

The NC course really helps students decide if a career in the Early Years Care and Education sector is for them.  We encourage students to be hard working and well-motivated. As a result, many either gain employment or progress through our course provision to HNC and degree studies.

Apply for Early Education and Childcare

I want to start in 2020/21

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Moray College UHI. Moray College 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.