Early Education and Childcare SCQF Level 6

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.

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

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

Special features:

  • This course will allow you to undertake a practical placement
  • You will gain skills to enter employment at support worker level

Entry requirements

Four National 5s (two at A or B and two 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.

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:

  • 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?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

From August/September 2021, it is our intention that physical campuses will be open to all students for access to study facilities, support services and social activities, subject to Scottish Government guidance. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as restrictions shift and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course.
  • Full Time

Face-to-face teaching, supported with Virtual Learning Environment engagement. 

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?

    • Moray College UHI

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?

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.

You 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.

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We are no longer accepting applications for 2021/22

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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.