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

Mode of study
Subject area
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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.

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


This course is currently unavailable. Please contact the Student Advice Centre for more information.

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.