Important Entry Requirement & Application Update

College is still accepting online applications for courses starting in September 2020.


Interviews are cancelled to help to limit social contact during this time.

Instead, you will be invited to a college welcome event to meet the tutors before the start of the course. If you do not meet the entry criteria you will have the opportunity to discuss an alternative programme during this event.

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 programme 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 programme 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 programme is suitable if you are progressing from a related Level 2 course or from suitable GCSE attainment.

The childcare sector is about putting others before ourselves, and therefore your interview will help us decide if you are suitable to engage with children and young people in a placement setting. In your interview, we will discuss the importance of suitable work experience in the sector. Work experience must be completed successfully to finish and pass the programme. 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 care sectors.

Entry requirements:

In order to qualify for this programme, you will need at least one of the following:

  • 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English or Welsh 1st Language, and Maths at D or above
  • A relevant Health, Social or Care Level 2 qualification (Pass)

You will also require an attendance level of 86% in your previous year of study.

As part of the application process, you will be asked to attend an interview to give you the opportunity to discuss the course.


The programme will consist of the All Wales Core qualification which allows for registration to work in the sector, a L3 vocational programme the equivalent of 3 A levels.

In addition, you will also follow an individual programme of study (campus and grade profile dependant) potentially including: Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate, short employability courses, Literacy, Numeracy, tutorial and placement skills.

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

  • Lectures
  • Discussions
  • Projects
  • Practical workshops
  • Study in a realistic working environment
  • Self-directed study
  • Group work
  • Work placement


The Level 3 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice and Theory qualification is assessed through 700 hours / 100 days placement during the full two year programme.

Academic study is assessed through 70% internal assessment and 30% external assessment. Candidates must successfully complete: 

  • an externally set, internally marked set of tasks
  • a portfolio of evidence
  • a discussion with their assessor
  • an external examination
  • an externally set and marked extended investigation.

The full programme will also include assessment through a blend of the following:

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


This programme carries up to 168 UCAS points. As such, the course will allow you to progress onto a range of Higher Education courses at many institutions.

Completion of programme 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.

At Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, you could progress onto a number of programmes, including:

  • 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.