Social Services: Children and Young People L6 NQ

What is special about this course?

This course provides a theoretical background to working with children, as well as developing practical skills. It relates to care, learning and development of children and takes an overall look at the study of children in early education and childcare settings.

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 four National 5 qualifications including English  or have successfully completed the NQ Playwork and Childcare course.  You will be invited to discuss your application with a member of College staff.

If you don’t meet our entry requirements, your previous experience and credentials may still qualify you for this course. Please arrange an appointment with a member of College staff to discuss your eligibility.

You will undergo an enhanced Disclosure Scotland check when you commence your course.

Learn more about the theory and practice of working with children and young people through:

  • Child development
  • Wellbeing and Safeguarding
  • Developmental theory
  • Play
  • Communication
  • Services for Children and Young People
  • Workplace experience

You will have the opportunity to go on a work placement in a variety of childcare settings for 40 days of your course.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

How will I study my course?

  • Blended learning including face to face teaching, online learning and work placement

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 the HNC Childhood Practice course subject to interview

You can register as a support worker with the Scottish Social Services Council in a variety of early education, childcare and play settings.  Once you find work you could go on to further training at SVQ Level 3

Is there more information available online?

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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.