Higher Apprenticeship in Children’s Care, Learning and Development (Level 5) - Advanced Practice and Management

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.

This qualification is designed to guide and assess the development of knowledge and skills relating to leading teams and managing resources within children and young people’s settings.

Updated September 2017

Entry Requirements

Students have to be in relevant employment, with a minimum of one year’s post-Level 3 qualification experience. Experience of working in a supervisory role will be required as candidates must show competence in both knowledge and skills. 

Course Delivery

Mandatory units include child development, health and safety, and partnership working. These include:

  • Support children’s learning and development in the early years 
  • Understand children and young people’s development 
  • Lead Practice that supports positive outcomes for child and young person development 
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures to support the safeguarding of children and young people
  • Professional practice in children’s care, learning and development 
  • Develop health and safety and risk management policies, procedures and practices in health and social care or children and young people’s settings  

There is also a range of optional units that students can choose to reflect their work experience. These include language and literacy, positive environments and resource management.

Assessment is via assignments as well as observation and assessment of practice in the workplace. 

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

Progression Opportunities

On completion, students can progress to the Foundation Degree in Early Childhood.  


For course information please contact Helen Davies on helen.davies@gowercollegeswansea.ac.uk or 01792 284231 / To arrange an interview please contact Rachel Langford on rachel.langford@gcs.ac.uk or 01792 890775

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