Playwork and Early Education and Childcare SCQF Level 5

What is special about this course?

The demand for skilled workers means there’s never been a better time to find employment as a childcare worker.

This full-time course is an ideal first stage qualification if you wish to work in the childcare sector as a nanny, childcare assistant, creche worker or similar.

This is an ideal qualification for anyone wishing to progress into further studies within education, childcare or social care. Throughout this course you may wish to undertake work experience to gain work based employability skills.

Special features:

  • This course will help you find a career in a range of roles within the growing early years’ sector
  • You will gain key practical skills
  • Ideal first stage to enter the early years’ sector
  • You will gain practical experience by going on placement to a local early years’ setting

Guest speakers may be used to enhance your learning experience.

Entry requirements

  • Three National 4s, one of which must be English OR
  • A relevant SCQF Level 4 qualification OR
  • Applications are encouraged from prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above.  Experience of working in a childcare setting may be accepted in the absence of formal entry requirements.

You will also be required to attend a pre-start event and take part in a taster day before starting the course.

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.  Students on courses up to and including HND level have the cost of their application paid for.  For further information visit this webpage.

Course content includes:

  • Working in Early Learning and Childcare
  • Rights and Protection
  • Practice of Play
  • Play in Early Learning and Childcare
  • Development and Wellbeing of Children and Young People
  • Supporting Children with Additional Support Needs
  • Contemporary Families
  • Process of Play
  • Communication
  • IT
  • Numeracy
  • Care and Feeding

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

You will study through a combination of face-to-face classes on campus and remote learning via our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), with support from your lecturers.

You will also gain practical experience by going on placement to a local early years’ setting.


How long will my course last?

1 Year

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Moray

Start date



Normally, if you are studying full time for the first time and are Ordinarily Resident in Scotland your course fees will be covered through the information you provide on your course application.

If you are studying part time and are on low income or in receipt of certain benefits your course fees may be covered by a fee waiver.

If you are not Ordinarily Resident in Scotland, you may need to pay course fees.

Please refer to our Fees and Funding section for more information.

Course fees 2023/24*


Rest of UK


Further Education - Full time




Further Education - Part time (per single credit unit)




Further Education - Part time (structured 6 credits)




* Fees for 2024/25 are still to be confirmed.


Our Student Finance Advisers can advise you on all aspects of student funding. The support available depends upon your personal circumstances.

Please refer to our Fees and Funding section for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion of this course you may be able to progress to an SCQF Level 6 course such as:

  • Early Education and Childcare (SCQF Level 6)
  • Health and Social Care (SCQF Level 6)

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