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We’ve worked with employers, colleges and universities in the industry to create this degree level qualification. Your employees will gain the skills, knowledge and understanding the industry needs. You can recruit new employees, upskill or reskill existing employees.

The qualification

(BA) in Early Learning and Childcare (SCQF level 9)

The learning outcomes include:

  • Core and meta-skills
  • General skills for working in support of others
  • Specific skills for Early Learning and Childcare.
Entry requirements

These vary by course and institution. For each Graduate Apprenticeship, the vacancy advert provides specific information on the qualification needed by the delivery institution. You can contact a university or college directly for guidance on entry requirements.

Progression and development

An Early Learning and Childcare Graduate Apprentice could gain employment in the following area:

  • Early years practitioner
  • Nursery manager

SCQF qualification levels explained

Download the framework document

How much will it cost?

As Graduate Apprentices are your employees, you will pay their salary. This is not set by SDS but we do encourage all employees to pay the living wage.

For Graduate Apprentices starting in 2018 and 2019, we will fund their learning costs for the duration of the course.

Time to complete

A GA at SCQF level 10 (honours degree level) will take up to four years to complete. A GA at SCQF level 8 or 9 (high apprenticeship) and SCQF level 11 (professional body qualification) will take up to two years to complete.

Some individuals may complete the GA in a shorter period of time because the format means they can attend university or college outwith traditional term times.

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Think this apprenticeship is right for your business?

The next step is to find a learning provider that offers this apprenticeship.

Find a learning provider

Need a little more information or advice?

Call our advisers to find out more about Graduate Apprenticeships. 

0800 783 6000