Early Learning and Childcare (Level 6)

Ayrshire College


Ayr Campus, Kilmarnock Campus, Kilwinning Campus


Early Years provision has changed significantly over the years. Today effective early learning and childcare experiences are recognised as playing a key role in future life chances and achievement. The current focus is very much on ‘meaningful play’ and how it can benefit a child’s physical, social and emotional, cognitive and language development.

At this level, there’s a significant amount of research and writing required, as you explore the childhood practice and theory relevant to the early learning and childcare sector.

This course includes the NPA Social Services (Children and Young People).

Entry Requirements

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

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

HNC Childhood Practice or employment.

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Early Years

SCQF Level