Early Learning and Childcare: Access

Qualification Qualifications Explained
Study Mode
Full Time

1 Academic Year - 3.5 Days p/w

Start date
Aug 2024
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Course overview

This Access programme is ideal for you if you want to develop a career in Early Learning and Childcare but you may have few, or no, qualifications and you have been out of education for more than 5 years. However, if you have the life skills and experience to underpin this learning, you can start your new career pathway on this programme.  

The course will provide you with a work placement in an Early Learning and Childcare setting, 1 day per week.

What you will learn

Course units include:

  • Child Development
  • Child Development: Theory
  • Play in Early Education and Childcare
  • Children’s Rights
  • First Aid
  • Behaviour
  • Additional Support Needs
  • HIV, Hepatitis B and C Infections
  • Communications Higher, ICT and Numeracy.

Candidates will be assessed using essays, class-based exams and presentations.

Entry requirements

  • Whilst there are no formal qualifications required you must have good written and spoken communication skills.
  • You must have been out of formal education for a minimum of 5 years.
  • You will be required to attend an interview and undertake a written exercise as part of the recruitment process for the programme
  • You should be able to study at SCQF level 6 or above

For this course, if English is not your first language

  • you need to have SQA ESOL Higher (or equivalent)
  • If you do not have a formal ESOL qualification but your language skills meet this level, you should apply for your course and then contact our Admissions team to organise an internal language assessment  here at the College.

Please note: Successful candidates will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Scotland check prior to commencing placement in an Early Learning and Childcare setting.

Career Opportunities

The course could lead to the development of your career in Early Learning and Childcare practice

Future prospects

The breadth of this course content, together with successfully achieving the SQA units, will provide you with the opportunity to progress to HNC Childhood Practice (SCQF Level 7).

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