Early Education and Childcare (SfW) National 5

What is special about this course?

As a follow on from National 4 Early Education and Childcare, this is a wide ranging course that deepens your understanding of Child Development; Working in an Early Education and Childcare Setting and Play in Early Education and Childcare.

You will gain essential knowedge about the important domestic and social area of Early Education and Childcare. You will develop skills in working with children and gain insghts into the value and provision of play.

The course also develops self-confidence and a positive attitude for anyone considering working in this area

Entry requirements

Preferably successful completion of National 4 Early Education and Childcare.

By interview

Mandatory units -

  • Child Development and Health
  • Play in Early Education and Childcare
  • Working in Early Education and Childcare

Optional units - you will do one of the units below -

  • Parenting
  • Care and Feeding of Children
  • First Aid


How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Skills for Work

While there is no mandatory work placement in the course, the College will ensure that students are as active as possible with visits to a range of suitable organisations such as nurseries and after school clubs.

Visiting speakers from the sector will also add to the students understanding of the workplace.

How long will my course last?

1 Academic Year

 Part time -160 hours.

Where can I study my course?

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

Start date

In most schools this course will start in June. 


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

What can I do on completion of my course?

This course may provide you with the opportunity to progress to:

  • Scottish Progression Award Early Education and Childcare
  • Higher Early Education and Childcare
  • Further Education
  • Training in the Childcare sector


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Apply for Early Education and Childcare (SfW) National 5

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

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Argyll. UHI Argyll 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.

This course is part of our schools-link senior phase programme and is embedded in your option choices at school. If this course is offered by your school speak to your Guidance Teacher and request an application form.