Early Learning and Childcare: N4 - Senior Phase

Qualification Qualifications Explained
Study Mode
Part Time

2 Half Days p/w

Start date
Aug 2023
Applications open January 2024

Course overview

This course is only available to school students.  Please do not apply if you do not meet this requirement.

The focus of the course is to provide students with an introduction to Childcare and Early Education.

They will learn about child development 0-12 years, how children learn through play and how to care for babies and young children.

The course provides students with the opportunity to further develop transferable skills for employability in the ever expanding field of Early Education and Childcare. This includes developing and analysing the skills required to work with children and young people.

What you will learn

You will cover

  • Child Development
  • Play in Early Learning and Childcare
  • Working in Early Learning and Childcare

Optional (1 from list):

  • Care of Children
  • Maintenance of a safe environment
  • Contemporary Families

Course assessment:

Units are assessed over the year by closed book and folio approaches

Entry requirements

S4/5/6 students should have gained National 4 English and be working towards National 5 as a minimum requirement.  This enables students to cope with the subject matter and to fully engage with new learning.

This is a vocational subject and it is vital you have an interest in:

  • Childcare

Voluntary work would be an advantage

Days Per Week Tuesdays and Thursdays - 1.30 pm to 4 pm

Career Opportunities

Possible progression to an appropriate full time NQ college course or a Modern Apprenticeship; leading to a Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) level 2/3 in Social Services: Children and Young People.

This course is excellent preparation for students who may wish to progress onto voluntary work, mainstream or supported employment.

Future prospects

You could progress to  NQ 5 Early Education and Childcare or the Level 6 Higher NC Early Education and Childcare programme. They would also be able to progress to courses in Health and Social care at levels 5 and 6 depending on other qualifications.

Currently students leaving school would not be eligible for the job market as the lowest qualification is NC /SVQ 2 (SCQF level 6 ) for Support worker level and HNC/SVQ 3 (SCQF Level 7) for Practitioner Level.

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