Step into Early Learning & Childcare

Working with children in early learning settings can be a rewarding career choice. This course provides students with an introduction to working within the early learning and childcare sector. Whilst studying the basics of early learning and childcare, students will explore the job opportunities available and develop and prepare skills required for work within the early learning and childcare sector.

The course will also give students an insight into how children learn and develop.

  • Child development
  • Play in early education and childcare
  • Working in early education and childcare
  • Care of children
  • Maintenance of a Safe Environment 
  • Contemporary Families
  • Children's development and learning
  • Communication

  • This course is a pathway to further study and careers within early education and care

  • NC Child, Health and Social Care - Early Years (SCQF level 5)
  • NC Child, Health and Social Care - Health Care (SCQF level 5)
  • NC Child, Health and Social Care - Social Care (SCQF level 5)


  • Successful interview

    Plus one of the following:

  • Two National 4 awards including English (or equivalent)
  • 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


Falkirk Campus



Start date

21 August 2023

SCQF Level

Level 4