Children’s Development and Education: Level 2

Key Details

  • Available at:
  • Course type:
    Full-Time (Further Education)
  • Study Mode:
  • Level:
  • Programme Area:
    Health, Social Care and Childcare
  • Course Length:

    1 year

  • Bilingual:

    This programme is available bilingually at the following campus(es):

    • Denbigh HWB
    • Llangefni

Please note: We recommend that you have access to a laptop/chromebook to enable coursework to be completed digitally at home. There is a dedicated IT Digital Inclusion fund to support those learners who do not have a digital device and are unable to purchase one.

Course Description

Would you like a career supporting the wellbeing and development of children and young people?

Are you looking to develop practical skills in children’s care, learning, play and development? The programme is an ideal preparation for a range of careers, in schools, nurseries, healthcare and other environments, and underpins progression to further study.

This programme of learning is for all those who wish to work in the Children and Young People's Workforce in Wales. This Level 2 Children’s Core qualification has been designed for post-16 students in Wales, working or seeking to work in regulated childcare settings with families and children under the age of 8, NHS children’s services for those working with families and children 0-19 (this includes child health settings). It will explore a diverse range of job roles and occupational areas for example, NHS, Youth Work and Early Years settings. You will focus on developing your understanding of relevant topics such as children’s learning and development, play, safeguarding, care and equality – taught by staff who are industry professionals.

Entry Criteria

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

  • 4 GCSEs at grade D or above. These must include English or Welsh 1st Language and Maths / Numeracy
  • If you are PROGRESSING FROM level 1 you should have a relevant level 1 qualification (ideally the Health, Social and Children Level1) plus a minimum of Entry 3 Essential Skills Number and Level 1 Communications (or the equivalent in your GCSEs, i.e. minimum E in Maths/ Numeracy and D in English)

If you are not sure if you have the entry requirements profile, or have alternative qualifications that you think are equivalent, please contact learner services via the live chat function or directly.

Learner services will be able to discuss your profile and advise you of course options.

Attending an Open Event with us gives you the opportunity to find out more about working in this sector and the range of careers this course can lead you to. You will be able to ask any questions you may have about the course, life at college, or working in health, social, or children’s development, care and education sectors.


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

  • Group work
  • Classroom based learning
  • Tutorial support
  • Educational visits
  • Practical sessions
  • Virtual Learning Environment (Online delivery)

Your programme will include a combination of:

  • Essential Skills qualifications and/or
  • GCSE resits
Essential Skills

This may include a combination of Application of Number, Communication, Digital Literacy and Essential Employability Skills

GCSE resits

This may include GCSE Numeracy/Maths and/or Welsh/English Language.


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
  • Internal Controlled Assessments - Case Studies
  • Online Multiple Choice Exam

You will also continue to develop a number of skills, including numeracy, literacy and digital skills, as part of the course.


Successfully completing this course will give you the national qualifications required to register with the sector workforce. This will improve your employability and give you important knowledge and skills. You could apply for a Level 3 programme, or one of our work-based courses in childcare or health and social care which will further qualify you with the practice element for a career in children’s play, learning and development. You could also use your skills to go into employment.

If you choose to study further at college, you could proceed onto a number of programmes at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, including:

  • Children’s Development and Education at Level 3
  • Health and Social Care Level 3
  • Children’s Care, Learning and Development Apprenticeship Level 2/3

Would you like to apply for this course?