Key Details

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

    2 years

  • Course Type
    Full-Time (Further Education)
  • Bilingual

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

    • Dolgellau
    • Llangefni
    • Pwllheli
    • Rhos-on-Sea

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 in health and social care? This programme provides an advanced level qualification, delivered by experienced professionals. It aims to develop your knowledge and skills, preparing you to progress into Higher Education or into the health or social care sector. It provides a practical programme of study, focusing on the needs of real job roles and situations.

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

After completing the programme, you will be able to work in a number of roles, including support and sessional work across the care sector. You will also be prepared for Higher Education, and eventual careers including nursing, social work and residential.

The health, social and childcare sector is about putting others before ourselves, therefore your interview will help us decide if you are suitable to engage with the more vulnerable members of society. In your interview, we will discuss the importance of suitable work experience in the sector. Work experience must be completed successfully to finish the course. 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 heath, social, or childcare sectors.

Entry Criteria

In order to qualify for this course, 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 programme.


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 L3 Vocational programme is assessed through internal assessment (50%) and external assessment (50%).

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


The qualification carries up to 168 UCAS points, with further UCAS points available from the Advanced Level Welsh Baccalaureate (campus dependent). As such, the course will allow you to progress onto a range of Higher Education courses at many institutions.

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

  • Foundation Degree Health and Social Care

The programme also improves your employability and gives you important knowledge and skills. It will prepare you for a career in any health and social care area, either directly or after further study. These include paediatric nursing, adult nursing, mental health nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, social policy, radiography, childhood studies, physiotherapy, chiropody/podiatry, psychology, sociology, criminology, holistic therapies and operating practice.