Level 3 Diploma in Children and Young People's Workforce (Learning Development and Support Services Pathway)


This course is designed for people working or volunteering in face to face roles with young people and families - either supervising others or working unsupervised.

You may be in a learning support role in a setting such as a college or be in a specialist learning role within your organisation working with young people between 16 and 19 years in a support role as a learning mentor, personal advisor or a behaviour and educational support worker.  


You will attend college on a Wednesday evening 6.00-8.45 pm and will be required to be an experienced volunteer or be employed in one of the settings mentioned in the course overview.

You may be required to complete a 10 week induction programme prior to attending the Level 3 programme of study to assess the most appropriate progression route. This induction course attendance is on a Wednesday evening 6.00-8.45.  We will discuss this with you at interview.

How long is the course?

This is a 12 month course. You will be required to attend college on a Wednesday evening at the Derby road site between 6.00-8.45 and be employed or volunteer in the childcare setting for a minimum of 12 hours per week.

Although this course can take up to one year to complete, many students complete their studies well within this timeframe.

How will I be assessed?

This diploma consists of a variety of units which are assessed either by being observed in practice in the setting or are knowledge-based set written assignments. 

Evidence for each unit is gathered using a selection of different methods including being observed in practice by an allocated assessor, answering written questions and producing written evidence of practice and knowledge.

What will I study?

Best practice requirements of the sector around a variety of subjects including the following:


Professional practice in learning development support services

Supporting young people to achieve their education potential

Health and safety

Equality and diversity

Individual children's needs

The development of children and young people

What does the course lead to?

Qualified Childcare Practitioner status.

Entry requirements

You must be 19 years of age or over and be able to study at a Level 3.  You must be proficient in literacy and numeracy. 

You must undertake an interview, have two satisfactory references and complete a Criminal bureau check.

Start dates and costs

The costs for this programme vary and the costs shown below are for 19- 24s only, the cost for over 24s is £2400. Please ask at enquiry or interview for methods of payment, support available and eligibility for support or remittance of fees as costs depend on your individual circumstances, age and previous qualifications according to specific criteria.


 The induction part of the course has a nominal fee.

 Payments can be paid in four consecutive instalments for the main programme if you are not eligible for the 24 + advanced learning loan or remitted fees.

There are three intakes to this programme, September, January and April. Specific dates will be given at interview.

The table below shows you when the course starts.  You may be charged a fee for your course depending on your age and circumstances. If you are aged 24 or over and studying a qualifying Level 3, 4 or 5 course you may be able to apply for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan to cover the costs.

Start DateDay/TimeWksDurationCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
31/07/2015Various342 yr(s)1773E1011415.00Call Us
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How do I apply?

Contact Michelle Cresswell on 01623 627191 ext 8076 or email michelle.cresswell@wnc.ac.uk

What can I do next?

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