Early Learning and Childcare: NQ (Level 5)

Qualification Qualifications Explained
Study Mode
Full Time

1 Academic Year

Start date
Aug 2024
Springburn, Easterhouse
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Course overview

The NQ level 5 provides an integrated programme of theory and practice and aims to enable you to work effectively in certain posts within the Early Education and Childcare sector and/or to progress to further study.

The knowledge and understanding you will gain on the course will help you develop positive values and attitudes and will encourage you to reflect on your learning and practice.

The course incorporates a variety of different units as well as a mandatory group award that will allow you to undertake subjects that can help your employment opportunities in various fields.

There will also be opportunities for work placements and to engage in the wider experience of College life by participating in Community Achievement Awards.

What you will learn

Course topics include:

  • Play in Early Learning and Childcare
  • Development and Wellbeing of Children and Young People
  • Contemporary Families
  • Care and Feeding of Children and young people
  • Introduction to First Aid
  • Children and Young People: Rights and Protection

Entry requirements

Minimum requirements are:

  • Four National 4 qualifications, one of which must be English

For this course, if English is not your first language

  • you need to have SQA ESOL National 5 (or equivalent)
  • If you do not have a formal ESOL qualification but your language skills meet this level, you should apply for your course and then contact our Admissions team to organise an internal language assessment ¬†here at the College.

Career Opportunities

This programme will help to develop your career in Early Education or Childcare, such as a nursery assistant or in an out of school care setting.

Future prospects

You may progress on to:

  • NC Early Education and Childcare Level 6¬†

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