SCQF Level 5
Childhood Practice & SVQ Provision

Course Overview

The Childhood Practice Level 5 is an engaging and fun course for those who already have academic qualifications at SCQF Level 4 or above and/or for those progressing on from our Childhood Practice & Wellbeing: Level 4 or SCP courses at Edinburgh College. The course is based around the Skills for Work Level 5 Group Award with additional units chosen to give an excellent introduction to the skills and knowledge required to work with children.

A career in childhood practice is more than just a job. With plenty of opportunities for progression each day can be different, full of variety and full of adventures. Take your first step towards changing your life and the lives of children.

With the expansion of Early Learning and Childcare services across Scotland, there are lots of jobs available. This is a flexible career, with a variety of different ways to train and study to qualify as an Early Learning professional. 

Previous experience will be considered and work experience in a childcare setting is desirable but not mandatory. You will be taught by highly qualified and experienced lecturers and have individual support from Edinburgh College allowing you to progress professionally and academically. 

If you would like any further information please contact Duncan Munro at

What You Will Learn

Candidates who successfully achieve this course will be awarded the SQA Group Award in Early Learning and Childcare at SCQF Level 5

Units include:

  • Development and Wellbeing of Children and Young People & Exploring Wellbeing
  • Practice of Play & Play in Early Learning and Childcare  
  • Working with Children and Young People  
  • Supporting Children with Additional Support Needs
  • Care and Feeding of Children
  • Children's Rights
  • Communications & Numeracy Core Skills
Placement Information
  • This course does not have a work placement.
Entry Requirements
  • English or Communication plus two other subjects at National 4 (or equivalent). 
  • If you have successfully achieved a relevant National 4 full-time course you may be eligible to progress to this Level 5 course. 
  • If you do not have the formal entry requirements but you have significant experience of working with children you will also be considered: please detail this in your personal statement.
English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
  • Continual assessment including individual and group tasks
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
  • All successful applicants will be invited along to an applicant day (This may be online).
  • For this level your workwear is funded through your bursary award (no requirement for you to pay). 
Progression And Articulation Routes
  • NC Early Education and Childcare (SCQF 6)
  • PDA ESA (Classroom Assistants) (SCQF 6). 
  • HNC Childhood Practice (SCQF 7). 
  • Suitability for progression will be determined by achievement, attendance record, conduct and a successful progression discussion.
Career Opportunities
  • This Childhood Practice: Level 5 course is designed for you to progress onto further study and in itself may not lead to direct employment in a childcare setting. 
Number Of Days Per Week
  • 16 hours of class contact per week.
  • This is normally delivered over 3 or 4 days per week.
  • Days and hours to be confirmed.
  • We recommend an additional 3 hours per week of self-study
  • We will make every effort to provide your chosen course at your chosen campus.
Course Cost And Funding Options
Student Stories

Student Nicola Brown attended College to take her career in a new direction – swapping hairdressing for a career in childcare. Nicola was the winner of the Childhood Practice Academic Excellence award at the College’s Prize Giving ceremony last month, and we caught up with her to find out about her College journey: 

“I am very happy about being recognised at Prize Giving. I have loved meeting so many new people whilst being on this course, and I have made lots of new friends. 

A couple months after starting the course I found out I was pregnant and I thought that I would really struggle to complete everything in the course due to taking time off for appointments and working two days as well as being at College. To keep on track, I stuck to a plan and made sure I handed everything in on time and studied regularly. This helped me stay motivated and focused to finish the course before the baby came. 

My plan for the future is to take this year off on maternity leave with my new baby and then return next August to complete my HNC in Childcare. My end goal is to become a Childhood Practitioner and work with children. 

I would just like to say thank you to my lecturers for their help and support through this course. It means a lot to me and without their positivity and encouragement I don’t know how I would have stayed motivated.” 

Start Date and Time

Full Time

This course will start week commencing...
  • Monday 30/08/2021
End Date

Full Time

This course will end on...
  • Friday 17/06/2022
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Courses may be subject to alteration or cancellation

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