Advanced Apprenticeship in Children’s Care Learning and Development (Level 3)

Course Overview

As from 14 October 2016, learners who have achieved a qualification recognised as an alternative to Essential Skills, as detailed under the apprenticeship framework, are not required to undertake Essential Skills qualification. However, if a learner’s WEST assessment identifies that the learner has essential skills deficits which would inhibit progress through the framework, this needs to be addressed.

Learners should study mandatory units from Children’s Care Learning and Development Level 3 Diploma. Each unit is made up of credits, at Level 3 students require 16 mandatory units which include:

  • Promote Communication in Health, Social Care or Children’s and Young Peoples Settings
  • Engage in Personal Development in Health, Social Care or Children’s and Young People Settings
  • Promote Equality and Inclusion Health, Social Care or Children’s and Young Peoples Settings
  • Understand Child and Young Person Development
  • Promote the Support of Child and Young Person Development
  • Understand How to Safeguard the Well Being of Children and Young People
  • Support Children and Young People’s Health and Safety
  • Promote Learning and Development in the Early Years
  • Professional Practice in Early Years Settings

There are also a diverse range of optional units, from which units that provide a total of 16 credits are selected to reflect the student’s working practice. These include:  

  •  Promote Creativity and Creative Learning in Young Children

Updated July 2017

Entry Requirements

You will need to be employed in a recognised Childcare setting for a minimum of 20 hours per week. No formal entry requirements, however you will need to undertake screening as part of the interview process to check that your skills are at a suitable level for those working in this sector.

Students will need a genuine interest in working in the sector and should demonstrate commitment and enthusiasm. Students need to be reliable, honest, trustworthy, well motivated and self reliant. Students should be at least 16 years of age.

Course Delivery

This programme can take up to two years and leads to a nationally recognised qualification. It enables you to continue to develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding required of those working in this sector. This course provides the opportunity to further develop your occupational competence of working in the CCLD sector, through attendance and assessment in the work place. 

The course covers child development from 0-19 years, however you will need to be working with children in the Childcare rather than the Education Sector.

Employment opportunities include nursery nurse, nursery assistant, play group assistant and Cylch Meithrin assistant.

Students will attend college for one day release day per week. There is an emphasis on the development of skills, with students undertaking Communications and Numeracy Essential Skills at Level 2 and Digital Literacy at Level 2.

Knowledge assignments are internally assessed. Occupational competence is assessed in placement by an occupationally qualified and competent assessor.

This course can be delivered and assessed in Welsh if required. 

Progression Opportunities

Students will be able to progress to the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Children’s Care, Learning and Development (Advanced Practice) after completing one year post qualification practice.

Students can also progress to do the Foundation Degree in Early Childhood or the Foundation Degree in Education Learning and Development, which are both offered at the college.


For course information please contact Helen Davies on or 01792 284231 / To arrange an interview please contact Rachel Langford on or 01792 890775

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