Is this course right for me?

Are you looking for a career in the children's services sector? Would you like to develop your practical skills in childcare?

This course prepares you for a range of careers in childcare and early years settings. You will gain advanced skills and be equipped to work in unsupervised roles, or roles with supervisory responsibilities. The course is ideal for students progressing from GCSEs or AS Levels, and will provide a vocational alternative to A Levels.

The course delivers a practical programme, focusing on the needs of real job roles and situations. A substantial amount of work placement is an essential part of the course and you will be able to meet many of the National Occupational Standards of the sector. You will also develop the knowledge for eventual progression into Higher Education, or into professional training for teaching, paediatric nursing or early years provision management.

The health, social and childcare sector is about putting others before ourselves, therefore your interview will help us decide if you are suitable to engage with the more vulnerable members of society. In your interview, we will discuss the importance of suitable work experience in the sector. Work experience must be completed successfully to finish the course. The interview will also give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the course, life at college, or working in the heath, social, or childcare sectors.

Entry requirements:

  • 4 GCSEs at grade C or above, including GCSE Mathematics and English or Welsh (1st Language) at grade C or D
  • or
  • Level 2 Diploma pass in a relevant subject
  • And, a clear enhanced DBS check and attendance at an interview


The programme will be delivered through a blend of the following:

  • Group work
  • Classroom based learning
  • Tutorial support
  • Educational visits
  • MOODLE (virtual learning environment)


The programme will be assessed through a blend of the following:

  • Practical and written assessments/assignments
  • Presentations and demonstrations
  • Portfolios of work
  • Performance and observation


Completion of this course improves your employability and gives you a range of professional options. You will be able to start your career in numerous childcare contexts, including working or teaching in a nursery, infant school, junior school or children’s ward.

You will also have a number of options in education. You could return to Grŵp Llandrillo Menai to complete a Higher Education qualification course such as:

  • Foundation Degree (FdA) Childhood and Learning Support Studies

Alternatively, you could undertake further training to work as a qualified teacher or children’s nurse.

Additional campus/course information:

  • Rhos-on-Sea

    At the Rhos-on-Sea Campus, learners benefit from training in the state-of-the-art Institute of Health and Social Care, a North Wales centre for high quality professional training, development and updating for those working in the Health and Social Care sectors.