Playwork and Early Education and Childcare SCQF Level 5

What is special about this course?

This full time course is an ideal first stage qualification if you are interested in progressing into the childcare sector.

On successful completion of this course you can progress through early education courses such as Early Education and Childcare (SCQF Level 6).

It may be possible for you to undertake work experience as part of this course allowing you to gain work based employability skills.

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

Special features:

  • Early learning is a growing sector with many different job roles
  • You will gain key practical skills 
  • On completion you could start as a support worker and end up as a manager.

Entry requirements

Three National 4s, one of which must be English


satisfactory attainment of a SCQF Level 4 course,  along with a reference and evidence of work experience within a childcare setting.  You will also be required to attend a pre-start event and take part in a taster day before starting the course.

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

Face-to-face teaching, supported with Virtual Learning Environment engagement.  Work placements within an Early Learning setting.

Guest speakers may be used to enhance your learning experience.

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


How long will my course last?

1 Year

1 academic year

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Moray

Start date



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?

On successful completion of this course you may be able to progress to an SCQF Level 6 course at UHI Moray:

  • 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.