Childcare and Development

North East Scotland College


Aberdeen City Campus, Fraserburgh Campus


This course will provide students with the opportunity to improve their general education and further their understanding of the needs of children and the skills required to care for them. Students follow a programme involving the study of care in a range of settings, with a particular emphasis on child care and play work. This course provides a great opportunity to gain nationally recognised group awards. A mandatory placement opportunity will be provided to students who demonstrate appropriate skills and values.

You will learn about psychology for care, and child development and health. You will also learn about the care and feeding of children, and the importance of the process of play. You will also look at essential elements of first aid, and develop fundamental skills in literacy, numeracy and IT.

Entry Requirements

2 subjects at National 5 plus 3 subjects at National 4 including English. Evidence of a minimum of 20 hours volunteering or a placement within an early years environment is also required.

You will require a satisfactory criminal record check from Disclosure Scotland to show that you are suitable for this type of course. Contact Disclosure Scotland for details on the type you would need.

Progression Routes

NC Early Education and Child Care

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year



SCQF Level