• Full-Time
  • 12 weeks or more
  • Early Education and Childcare
  • SCQF Level 6


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Intro to the course:

Please Note: This course is Delivered in our Rural Hub 

This 10 week course, delivered over 2 days per week from 9.15am - 2.45pm, will provide the learner with the underpinning knowledge to support further studies in the area of Early Learning and Childcare. The course will explore topics such as how children develop and learn, helping children with additional support needs to learn in an inclusive environment and an introductory knowledge of first aid. It is widely understood that in order to effectively support children's learning and development, adults have to take care of their own mental health and wellbeing. For this reason, this course will consider the mental health and wellbeing of learners as well as the children they work with, providing the opportunity to develop positive health, wellbeing and coping strategies. 

SCQF Level 6

Study mode

Start date

Who is the course for?

Anyone with; 

  • a mature attitude and a willingness to learn
  • the ability to work with others as part of a team 
  • an interest in working with children and young people 

What will I study?

You will study a range of topics including; 

  • Child Development
  • Play
  • Development Theories
  • First Aid
  • Supporting Children with Additional Support Needs
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing 

Next step course options

On completion of this course, learners could progress to the HNC Childhood Practice or PDA Education Support Assistant. 

How will I be assessed?

A blend of open and closed book assessments and practical tasks.

Why should I choose this course?

Job opportunities are flexible and varied. Course gives underpinning knowledge to support study of HNC Childhood Practice or PDA Education Support Assistant. 

Where can this course lead?

After completion of the HNC Childhood Practice or PDA Education Support Assistant, learners could progress into roles in schools or early years. Past students have also progressed to university to study primary education, childhood studies, nursing, social work and psyhology. 

What are the entry requirements?

Applications are welcome from those without formal qualifications but who have relevant life and/or work experience.

What are the interview arrangements?

Applicants who meet the course criteria will be invited to attend an informal interview. 

Fees, finance and funding:

Fees and finances for short full time:

There may be help available to assist with your study related costs. Impartial, confidential help and advice on financial matters is available from the Student Funding Team - including Bursaries, Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), Student Awards Agency for Scotland, Student Loans Company and student support funds.

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Other information:

For more information on this course and to speak to a member of our team email admissions@slc.ac.uk

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