NC Early Learning & Childcare

This course will develop awareness and understanding of all aspects of children's growth and development from birth to 12 years. It provides the practical skills needed to recognise and meet the needs of the developing child. It will also enhance communication and interpersonal skills and there is a two day placement per week at an approved establishment selected by the College.

Course content includes:

  • Child development
  • Child development: Theory 
  • Services for children and young people
  • Play in early education and childcare
  • Developing an understanding of working with children
  • Developing an understanding of working with children: Workplace experience
  • Communication
  • Numeracy
  • Information and communication technology
  • Work placement

  • The qualification has been identified as appropriate for early education and childcare support workers and successful completion of the course will enable students to seek employment to work with children in a range of public and private settings 
  • Successful learners can also register with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) at support worker level

  • All current learners must achieve a pass in all programme units to progress to the next level of study 
  • HNC Childhood Practice (SCQF level 7)

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:

  • Four National 5 awards including English (or equivalent)
  • Successful completion of all units/ exams within the NC Child, Health and Social Care (SCQF Level 5)
  • Successful completion of all units/ exams within the NPA Playwork and Childcare (SCQF Level 5)
  • 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

    Falkirk Campus

  • Attendance

    Full-Time

  • Start date

    24 August 2020

  • End date

    11 June 2021

  • SCQF Level

    Level 6

  • Location

    Stirling Campus

  • Attendance

    Full-Time

  • Start date

    24 August 2020

  • End date

    11 June 2021

  • SCQF Level

    Level 6

  • Location

    Alloa Campus

  • Attendance

    Full-Time

  • Start date

    24 August 2020

  • End date

    11 June 2021

  • SCQF Level

    Level 6