Early Education & Childcare SCQF Level 6

This course will build on your existing strengths when it comes to education and childcare, effectively preparing you for further study or employment.


Why take this course?

Following on from the Childcare & Development course, this course allows students to develop knowledge and understanding of the early years sector. Upon completion, candidates are eligible to register with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) at support worker level. The course also prepares candidates for the HNC Childhood Practice course, or employment. 

A mandatory placement opportunity is provided to students who demonstrate the appropriate skills and values, normally in a private nursery or similar environment. Work placement units focus on the practical application of learning. 

What you will experience

You will learn how children develop, how adults can meet the needs of children, how to plan effective play and learning opportunities, and how to promote children’s rights and entitlements.

You will also develop important skills for professional practice including team working, communication, literacy, numeracy and IT.

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Key facts

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have three qualifications at National 5 (grade B or above), Intermediate 2 or Standard Grade Credit level – ideally including English and Maths.  Alternatively, applicants should have successfully completed an appropriate SCQF Level 5 course.

Other qualifications and experience may be taken into account but the ability to work at SCQF Level 6 is essential. Evidence of a minimum of 40 hours volunteering or a placement within an early years environment is also required.

A clear disclosure or ability to gain membership of the PVG scheme in respect of Regulated Work with Children will be required prior to placement allocation. Please note that your membership will be organised by the College.

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 B2 - C1 score is required for the College English Language test in all four disciplines (writing, reading, speaking and listening).
  • A minimum of 174 is required in the Cambridge English: First exam.
  • A score of 5.5 - 6.0 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:

At University

If you choose to complete a HNC or HND course after completing your NC, you may want to then consider moving on to a university degree. Depending on the university, you could enter in to year 2 or year 3 of a related course.


Common employment opportunities include:

  • Carer
  • Playworker
  • 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.