Playwork and Childcare NQ

What is special about this course?

This course aims to provide a qualification for people who are interested in working with children in a variety of childcare settings.  The qualification covers the generic knowledge and understanding of working with children combined with skills and qualities to allow you to gain employment in the childcare sector, or to progress to a higher qualification in childcare.

This is a Category 1 PVG course. During the course you will have contact with vulnerable groups of people, therefore to successfully complete the course, you are required to be a member of the PVG Scheme. Further information will be provided to successful applicants. You can also visit the PVG scheme website for more information. 

Entry requirements

You should have National 4 qualifications, including English or have suitable experience.  You will be invited to discuss your application with a member of the college staff.

You will study units which include:

  • Development and Wellbeing of Children and Young People
  • Rights and Protection of Children
  • The Process of Play
  • Core Skills (IT, Numeracy, Communication)

You will also be expected to attend a work placement in a childcare setting.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

Face to face teaching

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Where can I study my course?

    • Perth College UHI

Start date



Most full-time students will have their fees paid.

Students on part-time courses may also be eligible to have their course fees waived.

What can I do on completion of my course?

You may progress onto appropriate level 6 or 7 qualifications from this course which in turn are registerable with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC)

Is there more information available online?

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I want to start in 2024/25

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Perth College UHI. Perth 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.