Childhood Studies: An Introduction SCQF level 5

What is special about this course?

This qualification is an access course to working with children and young people, and the combination of theory and practical experience provides an excellent base to progress onto SVQ Social Services Children and Young People SCQF Level 6 or NC Early Education and Childcare.

Entry requirements

Applicants must be 16 years of age at the start of the course. This course is also suitable for mature students wishing to pursue a career in working with children and young people.

Category 1 PVG course: PVG Scheme membership is required to successfully achieve target qualification, where there is guaranteed contact with vulnerable groups in key elements of the course. For further information visit this webpage.

This course consists of the following units.

  • Child development
  • Child Nutrition
  • Maintain a safe environment
  • Process of play
  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy
  • Child Protection
  • Families in Modern Society
  • HIV, Hepatitis B & C
  • Prevention of Infection
  • First Aid and Elementary Food Hygiene certificate
  • Work Experience unit.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

This course is delivered as a taught face-to-face class three days a week, and two days in placement applying theory to practice. Practical experience is gained working in Nurseries; Pre-School units; Primary 2/1 classes; After School Clubs and Youth clubs.

To achieve the award of the course, students must complete all the component units, and a written portfolio on their work experience.

How long will my course last?


Completion of the course will require the student to attend College 3 days a week and 2 days in placement for 34 weeks over one academic year.

Where can I study my course?

    • Campbeltown Hazelburn Learning Centre
    • Dunoon Learning Centre
    • Lochgilphead Learning Centre
    • Oban Learning Centre
    • Rothesay Learning Centre

Start date

The course will start beginning of September of each year. Please contact your local centre for more details on precise dates.


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

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion of the course, students may progress to:

  • SVQ2 Social Services (Children and Young People) SCQF level 6
  • NC Early Education and Childcare

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