Introduction to
Childcare SCQF Level 4

This non-advanced level course is suited to those who wish to pursue a career in childcare.


Why take this course?

This course provides students with a good base knowledge of the early education and childcare sectors. It provides an opportunity for students to develop their soft skills and interpersonal skills in a childcare context, whilst providing the opportunity to investigate a range of job roles and career opportunities.

What you will experience

On this course you will cover a range of important topics including child development, maintaining a safe environment, accident and emergency procedures and preparing for parenthood. You will also develop important skills in literacy, numeracy and IT.

The course also incorporates National 4 Care and National 4 Skills for Work Early Education & Childcare qualifications.

female with childcare book

Key facts

Entry requirements

Applicants should have three National 4, Intermediate 1 or General level Standard Grade qualifications, ideally including English.

Other qualifications and experience may be taken into account, however the ability to work at SCQF level 4 is essential.  A genuine aptitude for working with people is very important for all applicants.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, we will ask you to provide evidence of your English language skills as part of the application process. For this particular course, the English language requirements are:

  • A strong B1 score is required for the College English Language test in all four disciplines (writing, reading, speaking and listening).
  • A minimum of 153 is required in the Cambridge English: Preliminary exam.
  • A score of 4.5 and higher is required for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) in all four disciplines (writing, reading, speaking and listening).

What you need to know

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

On successful completion of this course, you can progress to the following course(s) at North East Scotland College:


Upon completion of more advanced levels of study, you could pursue a number of roles in this sector including:

  • Auxiliary
  • Carer
  • Charity Officer
  • Childminder
  • Community Development Worker
  • Hospital Worker
  • Playworker
  • Special Educational Needs Assistant
  • Support Worker

The following infographic provides information on current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. Follow the link on the infographic to view a larger image.

For more information about job opportunities, salaries and employment rates in this industry, visit the Career Coach website.

Infographic detailing current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire


Places are still available on this course, commencing in August 2019. Please see below for your options.

Aberdeen City Campus

STARTS Duration Code
August 2019
1 Year
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Fraserburgh Campus

STARTS Duration Code
August 2019
1 Year
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Online applications

You can apply for a place on this course by completing an online application form, which you can access using the 'Apply Online' button. Once completed, this will be received by our Admissions Team who will then process your application.

Paper applications

You may submit a paper application form, and return it to us completed and signed.

All completed paper applications should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website:, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.