Freestanding Childcare and Development units

The following freestanding units were previously part of a course.

Please note these units no longer contribute to the achievement of a National Course. 

SCQF level 6

          July 2019

          July 2019

          July 2019

Deliver this unit

Centres need to apply for approval before delivering the qualification for the first time, and must consider the resources that are available to them to do this.

In order to deliver this qualification in the next academic session, and in order for candidates to be certificated in August the following year, centres must apply for approval by the end of September of the previous year (for example, the deadline for applications for approval must be submitted by September 2020 in order to deliver and certificate the qualification by August 2021).

Subject specific requirements

For approval to deliver Childcare subjects, centre staff should have occupational knowledge and/or experience. Ideally, they should have experience of working in the Childcare sector or experience delivering Childcare qualifications, and should be knowledgeable about SSSC Codes of Practice, National Care Standards and relevant legislation. It would also be beneficial if staff have, or are working towards, assessor qualifications, or are GTC registered.

Find out more about our approval process


In 2019, a single qualification verification summary report replaced the verification key messages.

Unit assessment support packages (UASPs) for freestanding units

UASPs are available on SQA's secure website. Please contact your SQA co-ordinator to access them. Multiple packs are available at each level, and each pack contains:

  • unit assessment tasks
  • approaches to gathering evidence
  • judging evidence against outcomes and assessment standards.

Alongside further information on the particular unit(s).