Early Learning and Childcare
With a Graduate Apprenticeship in Early Learning and Childcare, your employees can build a rewarding career caring for children.
We’ve worked with employers, colleges and universities to create this degree-level qualification. Your employees will gain the skills and knowledge the industry needs - and earn a degree. You can recruit new employees, upskill or reskill existing employees.
Successful candidates will gain a Graduate Apprenticeship at 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
By the end of it they'll have achieved the following qualification(s):
BA degree in Early Learning and Childcare at SCQF Level 9
Entry requirements for Graduate Apprenticeships vary by course and institution.
Each vacancy advert says what qualifications are needed to start each Graduate Apprenticeship. The candidate can also contact the university directly for guidance on entry requirements.
Progression and development
An Early Learning and Childcare Graduate Apprentice could look for roles such as:
early years practitioner
How does it work?
Apprentices will learn in a real-world environment and earn a wage. They’ll also study at university about 1 day a week. At the end they’ll have achieved an honours degree.
Cost and funding
As Graduate Apprentices are your employees, you'll pay their salary. This is not set by SDS but we encourage all employers to pay the Living Wage.
Graduate Apprentice learning costs are now funded by the Scottish Funding Council and Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). Funding covers the full duration of the programme. Graduate Apprentices will apply directly to SAAS for the funding.
If you need any further information, visit the SAAS website.
How long will it take?
This is a Graduate Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 9 (Ordinary degree level) and will take up to 3 years to complete.
Some people might complete the apprenticeship in a shorter time. That’s because they might have prior learning or experience that can be taken into consideration. This means they wouldn't have to repeat some parts of the qualification.