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  • Start date:   August 2019
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 7
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    SCQF Level:   07


This course is for those who want to work as early learning and childcare practitioners. The award will allow you to work with children and young people aged between 0 and 18 years. You will learn about the values, principles and laws relevant to a career in the early years sector. After you have completed the course, you can register with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) at practitioner level.

Read about Lisa Alexander's West Lothian College experience here


  • Childcare

    What the course includes

    The course includes:

    • Lifespan development
    • Theoretical approaches
    • Health, wellbeing and safeguarding

Why choose this course

You will gain work experience from work placements, and practical experience in our purpose-built playroom and outdoor classroom.

Entry requirements

  • Two Highers (one must be English, communication or written English on core skills profile) at grade C or above, or level 6 childhood practice qualification, or equivalent or
  • Foundation Apprenticeship in a related subject or
  • Experience in a childcare/related setting
  • IT skills (for assessments) desirable

We welcome applications from people with relevant life and work experience.

An Enhanced Disclosure Scotland application is required which you will do through the college if offered a place.

  • Where it leads

    Education: HND childhood practice or degree-level courses.

    Employment: in childcare with statutory, voluntary or private organisations including schools, nurseries, creches and family centres.

Interview arrangements

If we invite you for an interview, plan to be in college for around two hours. The interview consists of:

  • Course information
  • Interview
  • Short written task

Please bring evidence of any qualifications and/or any employment references.

Fees, Finance & Funding

There may be help available to assist with your study related costs. Impartial, confidential help and advice on financial matters is available from the Student Funding Team - including Bursaries, Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), Student Awards Agency for Scotland, Student Loans Company and student support funds. Click here to find out more

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Take that next step in your career and apply for this course today. If the course is not yet open for applications, register your interest or feel free to ask any questions by clicking make an enquiry.