Skills for Work - Early Education and Childcare SCQF Level 4

What is special about this course?

This Skills for Work course is aimed at school pupils who are interested in working in a childcare setting or for pupils who have an interest in child development and children’s needs.

Entry requirements

You will attend taster sessions and undergo a short interview.

This course consists of four units at Intermediate Level 1 covering

  • child development
  • parenting skills
  • working in early education and childcare
  • play in early education and childcare

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Skills for Work

You will study by way of classroom based lectures.

The course is continuously assessed.

How long will my course last?

2 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 may provide candidates with opportunities to progress to:

    Introduction to Care
    Higher Early Years Care and Education
    NC Early Education and Childcare


    Is there more information available online?

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    Please discuss with your school guidance teacher if you would like to apply for this course.

    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.