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  • Start date:   August 2024
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 6
  • Course Type:   Full-time


Please be aware this course is now full. If you apply, you will receive a course full email and if place was to become available we would be in contact but we cannot guarantee this. Some courses still have availability- please check the website for update information on course availability.


This course is suitable for those looking for a first-level qualification in childhood practice.

Start date – Aug 2024

End date –  Jun 2025

SCQF Level - 6

Mode –  Full time

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

This course allows you to register with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) at support worker level. It also allows you to consider options for further study at HNC level. 

Read about Mia-Renee Milan's West Lothian College experience here


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    What the course includes

    The course includes:

    • Child development to support knowledge and understanding of all aspects of development for children and young people, pre-birth to 18.
    • Children and young people with additional support needs, investigating different needs and appropriate resources to support children’s development.
    • Rights and entitlements, which includes safeguarding of children and young people and the policies that need to be followed.
    • Supporting the curriculum, this includes knowledge and understanding of the current curriculum delivered in early years and school provision to support your understanding when in placement.
    • Language, Literacy and Numeracy, this includes knowledge and understanding of how you can practically support children with these skills to enhance development.
    • Practical units including play, placement and outdoor learning.

Why choose this course

This course will give you the chance of work experience in a nursery and primary school setting and practical experience within our purpose-built playroom and outdoor classrooms.

There are additional experiences available throughout the year including working with nursery and school children on campus and opportunities to attend our conferences where you can participate in workshops delivered by various professionals relevant to your chosen career.

It will also give you the opportunity to consider the different childcare provision options within early learning and childcare. 

Entry requirements

  • 3 National 5 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. This will be completed with 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: HNC childhood practice or other relevant HNC level courses.

    Employment:Entry into a career as a support worker within Childhood Practice and early years provision. 

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.