Children’s Development and Education: Level 3

Key Details

  • Available at
    Llangefni, Pwllheli, Rhyl, Rhos-on-Sea
  • Level
  • Study Mode
  • Programme Area
    Health, Social Care and Childcare, International
  • Course Length

    2 years

  • Course Type
    Full-Time (Further Education)
  • 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 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 Children’s Development 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 Level 3 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, which allows for registration to work in the sector, will be studied alongside. Your main Level 3 vocational programme will be 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
  • Work placement and Sector Engagement


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, for higher level study in Childhood Studies, Child Development, Teaching, Supporting Teaching and Learning, 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?