Childcare and Development Higher

What is special about this course?

This course will enable you to understand child development from pre-birth to 16 and the roles and responsibilities of practitioners, other professionals, parents/carers and others in contributing to the development of children and young people. You will gain knowledge, understanding and skills that will help youto contribute to the development of children in personal and professional contexts.

Entry requirements

Entry is at the discretion of the centre but it would be beneficial to have completed National 5 Early Education and Childcare (Skills for Work).  Alternatively you should have achieved a minimum of 3 National 5 qualifications in any subject, and ideally have experience of at least one Higher in any subject.

The course has three main subject areas:
Child Development
You will investigate child development from pre-birth to16. You will develop an understanding of the holistic needs of children and young people and explore how these needs interrelate. You will evaluate methods for assessing the development of the child. This provides you with the opportunity to identify and analyse factors that influence child development.
Child Development: Theory
You will develop an understanding of theories of development and analyse these in relation to working with children and young people.
Services for Children and Young People
You will explore current services and the role of professionals and others working in partnership to support the development of children and young people. You will develop an understanding of the ways in which legislation influences professional working relationships, and will analyse initiatives and strategies used to inform current practice.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Skills for Work

You will be taught face to face in a classroom situation. Visiting specialists will give talks about their experiences to enhance your learning.

How long will my course last?

1 Academic Years

Where can I study my course?

Start date

Please contact your local centre for start dates for this course.


For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.


What can I do on completion of my course?

You may be able to progress to vocational qualifications (SVQ) Social Services (Children and Young People) or NC Early Education and Childcare.

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Childcare and Development Higher

To enrol, or for further information on this course, please contact your local Argyll College Centre

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Argyll College UHI. Argyll College operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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