NC Child, Health & Social Care - (Early Years Route)

Please note that due to COVID-19, this course will initially be delivered via a blended learning approach, which may include face-to-face learning in the classroom, remote learning off-campus and digital learning. When delivery is taking place on-campus, there will be reduced student numbers and physical distancing measures in place.

This course provides an introduction to early learning and childcare values and principles, whilst providing students with an excellent foundation in playwork,childcare and education. It will give students a general introduction to child development and enhance communication, numeracy and problem solving skills. On completion of this course, students will be aware of issues relating to young children and their families in society today.  It is ideal for people returning to education after a break or for people who wish to further their qualifications.

  • Working with Children and Young People
  • Children and Young People: Process of Play
  • Children and Young People: Practice of Play
  • Children and Young People: Rights and Protection
  • Development and Wellbeing of Children and Young People
  • Communication
  • Numeracy
  • Information and Communication Technology

  • This course is a pathway to further study and careers within early years education, childcare and support for learning

  • NC Early Education and Childcare (SCQF level 6)
  • Pathway to Social Care (SCQF level 6)
  • Pathway to Health Care (SCQF level 6)

All current learners must achieve a pass in all programme units and achieve minimum of 90% attendance to progress to the next level of study.

Mandatory:

  • Participation at an information session
  • Successful interview
  • Clear Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) check required. Further information on the PVG Scheme will be issued to successful applicants prior to enrolment.


Plus one of the following:

  • Three National 4 awards including English (or equivalent)
  • Successful completion of all units within Step into Early Learning and Childcare (SCQF Level 4)
  • Applicants who do not meet these criteria, but have relevant paid workplace experience or alternative qualifications will be considered

Further advice for full-time applicants:

  • Please ensure you have an online account before starting your application.
  • If you created your account prior to September 2016, you will need to register a new account.
  • Before starting the application process, please ensure you already hold or are working towards the relevant entry qualifications required for the course you are applying for 
  • Ensure you use your own personal email address when creating your online account
  • Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email immediately 
  • If you do not receive an acknowledgement e-mail immediately, please check your SPAM/Junk folder
  • Please include as much detail as possible in your personal statement such as; the reason you are applying, future career plans, previous employment, relevant experience, hobbies and interests
  • Disclosing support needs in your application will not affect your chances of being offered a place on a course at Forth Valley College
  • If your application is successful, you will be invited for interview. For January start courses interviews will be in Nov/Dec and interviews for August start courses will take place between February and May
  • If your application is unsuccessful, you will be offered support in finding a suitable alternative course 
  • Applicants who provide a mobile phone number on their application form will be sent a text reminder prior to the day of interview 
  • If you are unable to attend an interview or wish to withdraw your application - please email student.applications@forthvalley.ac.uk

  • Location

    Alloa Campus

  • Attendance

    Full-Time

  • Start date

    23 August 2021

  • End date

    10 June 2022

  • SCQF Level

    Level 5

  • Location

    Falkirk Campus

  • Attendance

    Full-Time

  • Start date

    23 August 2021

  • End date

    10 June 2022

  • SCQF Level

    Level 5

  • Location

    Stirling Campus

  • Attendance

    Full-Time

  • Start date

    23 August 2021

  • End date

    10 June 2022

  • SCQF Level

    Level 5