Early Education and Childcare SCQF Level 6

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 course enables you to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required to gain employment in childcare at support level.

You will develop an understanding of working with children, including child development and behaviour.

You will also go on placement to help you build links between theory and practice.

Special features:

  • Allows you to gain real work experience through placements
  • You will gain skills to enter employment at support worker level
  • Prepares you for entry to the HNC Childhood Practice which covers the years from birth to 16 years.

Entry requirements

  • 4 National 5s at BBDD or above, one of which must be English OR
  • SCQF Level 5 qualification or equivalent
  • Applications are encouraged from prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above.

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:

  • 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

Please note that this course is currently under review and the content may change as a result.


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.

Currently students undertake two work placements of six weeks duration to help build links between theory and practice.

How long will my course last?

1 Year

includes a minimum of 60 days on placement.

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 completion of this course you may:

  • Go on to further study such as the HNC Childhood Practice or Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
  • Enter employment in the childcare sector in a support role e.g. Playgroup Assistant.
  • 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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‘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 SCQF Level 6

Applications for this subject are currently closed.

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.