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  • Start date:   August 2024
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 4
  • Course Type:   Full-time


Please note: this course is now full and only reserve places are available.


This course introduces students to a career in the early learning and childcare sector.

Start date – Aug 2024

End date –  Jun 2025

SCQF Level -  4

Mode –  Full time

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

Read about Nicole James' West Lothian College experience here


  • What the course includes

    The course includes: 

    • Child development 
    • Play in early learning and childcare 
    • Contemporary Families 
    • Work-related skills 
    • Outdoor learning and working with children from various childcare settings (Nursery, Schools and Childminders) 

Why choose this course

The course allows you to develop a career in working with children, with the chance of practical experience in our purpose-built playroom and outdoor classroom.

Entry requirements

  • No formal entry requirements
  • Show willingness to learn, interest in working with children, and a desire to be successful

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.

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    Where it leads

    Education: Level 5 courses in childhood practice or other Level 5 courses at West Lothian College.

Interview arrangements

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

  • Course information
  • Group 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.