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Children’s Development and Education: Level 2

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Children’s Development and Education: Level 2

Full-time (Further Education)


Please note: We recommend that you have access to a laptop or 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.

A substantial period of time is spent in work placement which allows the course to meet National Occupational Standards of the sector at Level 2.

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.

Your programme may require you to attend an interview, please ensure you attend this.


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)
  • Work placement
  • Sector engagement
  • External exams
  • Multiple choice online assessment

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.

Maths & Welsh/English

If you don't achieve a C or above in Maths and/ or English/Welsh, we will support you to retake these subjects as part of your study programme.


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
  • Online Multiple Choice Exam (Children's core)

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

The Level 2 CPLD Practice and Theory qualification is assessed through 40 days (280 hours) of work placement in an early years setting which must be undertaken between September and June while you are studying with us. We schedule this into your planned timetable. The theory part of your programme is assessed through 90% internal and 10 % external assessment. You must successfully complete both the placement and theory parts to fully achieve the qualification.


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
  • Foundation Apprenticeship Level 2 in Children's Care Play Learning and Development
  • Apprenticeship Level 3 in Health and Social Care Practice Children & Young People

Other details

Course type: Full-time (Further Education)

Level: 2

Programme Area:

  • Children’s Development & Education


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

  • Denbigh HWB
  • Llangefni

Children’s Development & Education

Learn more about this area and see our course level guide:

Children’s Development & Education

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