Skills for Work Early Education and Childcare National 5 (SCHOOLS)

***PLEASE NOTE - only pupils who will be at school during session 2023/24 can apply for this course***

This course can help you begin to prepare for working in the early education and childcare sector by developing employability skills. It will give you basic knowledge about how children develop. You will also help you to begin to understand some of the demands and responsibilities associated with working in this sector.


Alloa/ Falkirk: Tuesday and Thursday (afernoons)

Stirling: Friday (all day)

This course is made up of 4 units:

Mandatory Units:

Development and Wellbeing of Children and Young People
Play in Early Education and Childcare
Working in Early Education and Childcare

Optional Units:

Contemporary Families

This course could lead to the following careers:

  • Early Education Worker
  • Teacher
  • Au - pair
  • Social Care Assistant working with families and children
  • Child Minder
  • Child Care worker on holiday resorts
  • Crèche Worker

  • NC Child, Health and Social Care - Early Years


  • Participation in group information session
  • Pupils will probably be about to enter S4 and be working towards achieving at least 3 National 5 qualifications at C or above, preferably including English or equivalent

Further advice for School College Programme and Foundation Apprenticeship applications:

• Please ensure you have an online account before starting your application
• 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, 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 to an information session
• If your application is unsuccessful, you should speak to a guidance teacher or SDS school liaison officer.
• If you are unable to attend the information session or wish to withdraw your application, please email the School Partnership team -


Falkirk Campus

Start date

22 August 2023

SCQF Level

Level 5