Childcare And Development Higher

What is special about this course?

This course meets Curriculum for Excellence values by enabling learners to understand child development and the roles and responsibilities of practitioners, other professionals and parents/carers in meeting the needs of children from pre-birth to 16.

Entry requirements

The candidate would normally be expected to have achieved 4 passes at national 5, one of which should be English.  Non-traditional qualifications will also be considered.

There are 3 units, which make up the Higher Childcare and Development course as follows:

  • Child Development
  • Child Development: Theory
  • Services for Children and Young People

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time

You will study by way of class-room based lectures and tutorials in College and by using on-line (VLE) support materials.

How long will my course last?

1 Years

Where can I study my course?

    Start date



    Full time

    If you are studying a full time Further Education course (NCs, NQs etc.) the College claims your fees from the Scottish Funding Council for students who are under 18 on the first day of the course. Students over the age of 18 on the first day of the course have to apply to Orkney Islands Council (OIC) for a tuition fees bursary.

    Information on the tuition fees bursary is available on the OIC website.

    Part time

    Normally you are responsible for your course fees but if you are in receipt of certain benefits you may be eligible for a Part Time Course Fee Waiver. Not all part-time courses at Orkney College UHI are covered by the Fee Waiver Scheme and only certain benefits are acceptable as a basis for a Fee Waiver. Please contact the college to enquire.

    If you are eligible, you may be entitled to an ILA of up to £200 a year towards a course.

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    This course can lead to entry on the following vocational courses NC Early Education and Childcare, which in turn could lead to employment in childcare settings.

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    I want to start in 2023/24

    We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Orkney College UHI. Orkney College UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.