Playwork and Childcare (NQ) @ SCQF Level 5

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This full time course is an ideal first stage qualification if you are interested in progressing into the childcare sector.

On successful completion of this course you can progress through early education courses such as NC Early Education and Childcare.

It may be possible for you to undertake work experience as part of this course allowing you to gain work based employability skills.  


Special features:

  • Early learning is a growing sector with many different job roles ·
  • You will gain key practical skills 
  • On completion you could start as a support worker and end up as a manager.






This is a full time programme.  To progress through the whole programme will take 36 weeks.  You will attend college for a minimum of 2 days per week with the possibility of attending a work experience placement in addition to this time.

Entry Requirements

  • The minimum entry requirements are :  
    •  A real interest and motivation to work with children and families in an early years setting And 5 National 4 qualifications (or equivalent) 2 of which must be a B pass or above: 1 of which must be English OR
    • satisfactory attainment of an SCQF Level 4 course,  along with evidence of work experience within an early learning/ childcare setting OR
    • Peers Early Education Partnership (PEEP) learners – 4 credits @ level 4.
    • You will also be required to take part in an interview ready to talk or write about a question you have prepared. (Details are given below).
    • You need to include your interest, motivation and work experience in a well written statement on your application.
    • You need to be able to have the capacity to attend all college based classes, all online classes and any offer of work placement that may be given 100% of the time.
    • You need to be 16 years or above at the start of the course.

Applications are encouraged from mature students who do not possess formal qualifications but have appropriate understanding and skills to meet the academic demands of the course.

A satisfactory Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) check is also required to enable participation in placement.

  • For progressing students successful completion of the previous course and a positive progressing learner reference 


Additional Entry Requirements

  • You will have an interview with college staff to determine your suitability for the programme.
  • You must demonstrate motivation to work in early learning and childcare and possess appropriate abilities and skills to attend the programme you have chosen.

Information and Interview Session Requirements

Once we have received your application you will be asked to attend an informal information and interview session. This may be virtual either through TEAMS or by phone but remember to tell us all about yourself in your personal statement!

This is a key aspect of the application process. You must confirm your attendance should you be offered an appointment. 

During the information and interview session, we will ensure the entry requirements and your aspirations and career plan are appropriate for the course and the level of course you have applied for. It is therefore important that you prepare well for this.

You will be asked to discuss or write about the following :  ‘I wish to progress my education at college on an introductory early learning and childcare programme because….’ 

Course Content

You will study a range of topics which may include the following undertaken in a variety of ways such as online learning, college based classes, and some directed self- study.
  • Supporting Children with Additional Support Needs, Development and Wellbeing of Children and Young People, Children and Young People: Rights and Protection, Children and Young People: Practice of Play, Children and Young People: Process of Play, Working with Children and Young People, Communication and ICT, 


  • This course also includes an NPA group award in Playwork and Childcare.


All topics delivered as part of the course are assessed.  A range of assessment strategies are used throughout the course.  To attain the group award a pass in all components is required.


Successful completion of this programme supports progression to further study at SCQF level 6, (NC in Early Education and Childcare) which is a qualification that supports registration with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).

Career Prospects

A pass on this course may provide the opportunity to progress on to the following

  • the NC Early Education and Childcare
  • or Vocational Studies in Childcare/Care

Additional funding information

You may be eligible for Bursary or EMA (Education Maintenance Allowance) funding for this course. Please contact a member of the funding team for details.

Selling Points

Expanding workforce locally and nationally.

Work placement experience available in a childcare setting

Entry programme to early learning and childcare.

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