Children’s Development and Education: Level 3

Key Details

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

    2 years

  • Bilingual:

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

    • Llangefni
    • Pwllheli

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

Are you looking for a career working to support the wellbeing and development of Children and Young People? Would you like to develop your understanding of child development, practical and creative skills for working with children and young people, and safeguarding of children?

This programme prepares you for a range of careers in child development, education, 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 provides a vocational route to Higher Education, or the workplace.

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.

Entry Criteria

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

● 5 GCSEs at grade C or above. This must include English or Welsh 1st Language. You must also have Mathematics/Numeracy at grade D or above.


● Level 2 Children and Young People or Level 2 Health and : Core (Adults & Children and Young People) and GCSE English/Welsh 1st Language and Mathematics at

grade D or higher (or equivalent - i.e. Comms and Number ESWs at Level 2)

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 consist of the All Wales Core Level3 vocational programme, being the equivalent of 3 A levels. For those who enter directly (not having followed level 2 first) the All Wales Core qualification at Level 2, which allows for registration to work in the sector, will be studied alongside.

As part of your programme you will also follow an individualised programme of study (grade profile dependent) which will include a combination from the Welsh Baccalaureate (which allows you to gain additional UCAS points), Literacy, Numeracy, Employability and Digital skills.

In addition to this, all learners will undertake Work Placement and Sector Engagement, developing practical skills and knowledge in readiness for University or work.
You will have a personal tutor and individual tutorial sessions. Your personal tutor will track and support your academic and personal development and progression, for example, we will support you with your UCAS application if you are planning on progressing into University.

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
  • Work placement and Sector Engagement

Your programme will include a combination of:

  • Essential Skills qualifications and/or
  • GCSE resits and/or
  • The Welsh Baccalaureate
Welsh Baccalaureate

Welsh Baccalaureate is a valuable qualification which is often studied alongside your Level 3 full-time course.

The qualification is graded A*-E, carrying the equivalent UCAS points at Level 3, and equips you with transferable personal and business skills. It is highly regarded by universities and employers alike.

As part of the qualification, you will learn about Global Citizenship, Enterprise and Employability and take part in community engagement and work experience.

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 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; and observation in placement.
  • 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 allows you to achieve up to 168 UCAS points, with up to a further 56 UCAS points available from the Advanced Level Welsh. As such, the course will allow you to progress onto a range of Higher Education courses at many institutions, for higher level study in Childhood Studies, Child Development, Teaching, Supporting Teaching and Learning, Psychology, Education and Teaching to name but a few.

Completion of the programme improves your employability, giving you a range of professional options should you prefer to move directly into the world of work. You will be able to start your career in numerous 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.
  • Higher-level apprenticeship

Would you like to apply for this course?