Childcare & Development SCQF Level 5

Helping you to develop your understanding of children, their stages of development and how to care for them.


Why take this course?

This course will provide students with the opportunity to improve their general education and understanding of the needs of children and the skills required to care for them. Students follow a programme involving the study of childcare in a range of settings, with a particular emphasis on early education and play work.

This course provides a great opportunity to gain nationally recognised group awards. A mandatory placement opportunity will be provided to students who demonstrate appropriate skills and values, normally in an after school club or similar environment. 

What you will experience

You will learn about child development and health and the process of play, as well as the care and feeding of children.

You will also look at essential elements of first aid and develop important skills for professional practice, team working, communication, literacy, numeracy and IT.

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Key facts

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have four National 4 and two National 5 qualifications at grade C or above – one of which should be English. Other qualifications and experience may be taken into account, but the ability to work at SCQF Level 5 and a genuine aptitude for working with children is essential.

Evidence of a minimum of 20 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 B2 score is required for the College English Language test in all four disciplines (writing, reading, speaking and listening).
  • A minimum of 160 is required in the Cambridge English: First exam.
  • A score of 5.0 - 5.5 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 courses at North East Scotland College: 


Common employment opportunities on completion of this level might include support work in creche or nursery environments, or stand-in jobs for holiday cover. Roles could include:

  • Charity Officer
  • Childminder
  • Nanny
  • 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.