Early Learning and Childcare: N5 - Senior Phase

Qualification Qualifications Explained
Study Mode
Part Time

2 Half Days p/w 

Start date
Aug 2023
East End
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.

National 5 Skills for Work: Early Education and Childcare is an introductory qualification that develops the skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed for work in early education and childcare sector.

At National 5, students begin to prepare for working in the sector. They also develop transferable employability skills, including:

  • an understanding of the workplace and the employee’s responsibilities (eg time-keeping, appearance, customer care)
  • self-evaluation skills
  • positive attitude to learning
  • flexible approaches to solving problems
  • adaptability and positive attitude to change
  • confidence to set goals, reflect and learn from experience
  • skills to become effective job-seekers and employees

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

Mandatory Units (all 3 included)

  • Development and Wellbeing of Children and Young People
  • Play in Early Learning and Childcare
  • Working in Early Learning and Childcare

Optional Units (1 will be selected):

  • Care and Feeding of Children and Young People
  • Contemporary Families
  • Introduction to First Aid
  • Children and Young people: Rights and Protection

Course assessment:

Assessments will be both open book projects/folios and closed book, timed assessments.

Entry requirements

This is an excellent opportunity for young people on the SfW level 4 Early Education and Childcare to progress, whilst still at School.

Internal progression would depend on completion of the level 4, progress reports and genuine interest in this career pathway

Other students should have gained a minimum of three subjects at National 4 or above. 

They must have, or be working towards, English at National 5.

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

Career Opportunities

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

Future prospects

On successful completion of the course, a guaranteed interview for NC Early Education and Childcare (Higher) at Glasgow Kelvin College

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