Childhood Practice: Level 5
Qualification SCQF Level 5
Study mode Full time
Duration 41 weeks
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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
- 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
- This course does not have a work placement.
How the course is assessed
- Continual assessment including individual and group tasks
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.
- 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.
Information on Tests / 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).
English Proficiency RequirementsIELTS 5.5
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.
- 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.
|Campus||Study mode||Start date||Duration|
|Midlothian Campus||Full time||30/08/21||41 Weeks|
|Sighthill Campus||Full time||30/08/21||41 Weeks|
Funding & Fees
When you are thinking about starting college, one of the most important things to consider is funding and how you intend to pay for some of the costs that come with being a student.