Childhood Studies: An Introduction Nat 5/Higher level units

What is special about this course?

This course provides the basic theoretical knowledge to allow students to move on to the SVQ Level 2 Social Services (Children and Young People), or NC Early Education and Childcare.

It will provide work experience to allow the student to gain experience in Nurseries/pre school provision and to gather evidence to use towards the SVQ 2 or NC.

Students will be required to undergo an enhanced Protecting Vulnerable Groups check.(PVG).

Entry requirements

Applicants must be 16 years of age at the start of the course.

Students must be willing to undergo an enhanced Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) check

The following topics covered include:

  • Child Development
  • HIV Infection, Hepatitis B and Hepatits C
  • Child Protection
  • The Child with Special Needs
  • Play Experiences for the Young Child
  • Care and Feeding of Babies Promotion of Child Health
  • PC Passport: Introduction to IT Software

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

Students will attend college three days per week and work experience two days per week.

Each unit has differing assessment requirements.

Some have closed book assessments where you must attend college to sit tests without the aid of books etc - to test your understanding of the course content.

Others have open book assessments that can be done with the aid of any resources, books etc. to help you.

How long will my course last?

1 Academic Years

The course is delivered over an academic year of 34 weeks.

Where can I study my course?

    • Argyll College UHI
    • Arran Learning Centre
    • Campbeltown Hazelburn Learning Centre
    • Dunoon Learning Centre
    • Islay Learning Centre
    • Lochgilphead Learning Centre
    • Oban Learning Centre
    • Rothesay Learning Centre

Start date

Please contact your local centre for start dates.


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


What can I do on completion of my course?

SVQ2 Social Services (Children and Young People).


NC Early Education and Childcare

Is there more information available online?

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