Early Learning and Childcare (Level 5)

Ayrshire College


Ayr Campus, Kilmarnock Campus, Kilwinning Campus


This course will help you gain the knowledge and understanding you’ll need to work successfully in childcare. It will also develop your knowledge, practical skills and qualities for working with children.

Early years provision has changed significantly over the years. Today effective early childhood education experiences are recognised as playing a key role in future life chances and achievement. Meaningful play is an important element of early years courses, however there’s also a significant amount of theory which increases with each level. So as well as having hands-on fun, be prepared for a lot of reading and writing too.

Entry Requirements

5 relevant subjects at National 4 including English; or Access to Early Learning and Childcare (Level 4); or other relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 4. Entry subject to interview.

Progression Routes

Early Learning and Childcare (Level 6) or employment.

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Early Years

SCQF Level