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  • Start date:   August 2024
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 5
  • Course Type:   Full-time


This course gives students basic knowledge and skills for moving on to level 6 study and/or an apprenticeship in the early learning and childcare sector.

Start date – Aug 2024

End date –  Jun 2025

SCQF Level -  5

Mode –  Full time

Days: Monday - Friday
Times: 9am - 12pm & 1pm - 4pm
Duration: 1 year


  • What the course includes

    The course includes:

    • Child development
    • Outdoor Learning
    • Play
    • Opportunity for Practical Placement 

    You also have the chance to gain the Skills for Work early learning and childcare award.

Why choose this course

You will have the opportunity to gain experience in a playgroup setting and practical experience in our purpose-built playroom and outdoor classrooms. 

Entry requirements

  • 3 National 4 qualifications at grade C or above, one of which must be English

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.

If English is not your first language, ESOL Level 5 is an entry requirement for this course.

  • Where it leads

    Education: Childhood Practice Level 6 or other Level 6 courses at West Lothian College.

    Employment: Students have been successful in gaining apprenticeships within private nurseries after completion of the course. 

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, feel free to ask any questions by clicking make an enquiry.