LRN Level 3 Award in European Community Development

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This QIP covers a vocational qualification which is not listed on the Department for Education (DfE) 16 – 19 performance tables for England.

This qualification is not listed on the DfE 16 – 19 performance tables because it is not designed to meet the requirements of the Key Stage 5 performance tables.

  • England
  • International

Vocational qualifications are either work-related qualifications designed to enable students to gain the skills required to perform a particular job , or qualifications that may be taken as part of a wider study programme or an apprenticeship.

Schools and colleges may offer qualifications that are not included in the DfE performance tables, if approved for teaching to 16-19 year olds by the Secretary of State for Education in England under Section 96, where this is in the best interests of individual students.

The LRN Level 3 Award in European Community Development is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills to understand the key aspects of community development work, and to analyse how these are applied in practice. Course assignments require students to reflect on how the concepts covered in the classroom-based element of the course are put into practice in their job, work experience, or volunteering role.

The LRN Level 3 Award in European Community Development is aimed at students who are already working in their community, either in an employed or voluntary capacity. It is designed to be delivered alongside employment, work experience, or volunteering, and will enable students to work effectively in a community development role.

Education context

This qualification is designed for post-16 students and falls under the oversight of the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). A significant number of students will undertake these qualifications post-19.

Following its 2012 review of post-19 qualifications the ESFA removed 1,800 qualifications from public funding and a further 1,000 in 2014. In March 2014 the government published a Reform Plan for Vocational Education.

This qualification has not been subject to the same reforms as Applied General and Tech Level qualifications (which are specifically designed for 16-19 year old students). However the ESFA has implemented a new set of business rules for the approval of qualifications for funding, based on the 2013 Review of Adult Vocational Qualifications in England. These rules recognise that adults may have different needs, aspirations and ambitions to younger people and include that qualifications should be:

  • relevant to individuals and employers and affordable for all sizes of business and for individuals
  • rigorous and based on a robust future-looking occupational standard designed and assessed by the sector
  • recognised as worthy of investment, giving a clear signal of the economically valuable skills, knowledge and understanding required in an occupation now and in the future.

Regulation of vocational qualifications

The regulation of vocational qualifications is the responsibility of the respective regulators in each UK country – Ofqual (England), CCEA Regulation (Northern Ireland) SQA (Scotland) and Qualifications Wales (Wales). The regulatory approach undertaken for vocational qualifications is different from A levels. This is because there are no specific qualification criteria for vocational qualifications, as there currently are for GCSEs, AS and A levels. Vocational qualifications must comply with the regulator’s general rules, as is the case with all regulated qualifications.

The LRN Level 3 Award in European Community DeveLopment Is delivered in FE, HE, and by training providers. A significant portion of this qualification is delivered with local communities. Delivery can take place on a full or part-time basis, with some provision likely to take place at weekends and/or in the evening. This is a stand-alone qualification.

Awarding organisation
  • Learning Resource Network
Qualification code
601/8721/9 (LRN Level 3 Award in European Community Development)

There are four mandatory units for this qualification:







Community Development Values and Processes





Working within Community Groups and Organisations





Social Justice, Equality, and Diversity in Communities





Community Development in Europe




Subject areas

Community development.

  • Level 3

Level 3 qualifications which are regulated to the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) in England and Northern Ireland and the Credit and Qualifications Framework for Wales, though many may be offered on a three-country basis.

Level 3 is broadly aligned to the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Level 6 / 7.


Pass or Fail.


For all units, assessment consists of a total of six externally set assignments – internally marked by the centre and externally validated by the LRN.

For unit one, candidates are required to complete two written assignments of 500 - 750 words.

For unit two, candidates are required to complete a single written assignment of 1,000 - 1,500 words, as well as undertake 120 hours relevant work experience certified by a community development employer, group or organisation.

For unit three, candidates are required to complete a single written assignment of 1,000 - 1,500 words.

For unit four, candidates are required to complete two written assignments of 750 - 1,000 words.

All assignments have clearly defined assessment criteria, and candidates must meet all of the assessment criteria for each assignment in order to achieve a pass. The written assignments are set by LRN and assessed internally against criteria specified by LRN. LRN externally validates a selection of portfolios. 

Contribution of assessment components to overall grade

To successfully achieve the qualification, candidates must:

  • complete, and receive a pass grade for each of the six written assignments in all mandatory units
  • successfully complete a minimum of 120 hours work experience in a community development job, work experience, or volunteering role (to be certified by their employer or the community development group/organisation hosting their work experience or volunteering placement)

Assignment components contribute 75%, and work experience components contribute 25% to the overall grade of the qualification.

Resit arrangements

Candidates whose assignments do not meet all the assessment criteria are allowed to resubmit once only.

Guided/notional learning hours
65 hours
Guided/notional learning hours notes

Guided learning hours (GLH)

65 hours

Self study (SS)

45 hours

Workplace hours (WH)

120 hours

Total qualification time

230 hours (GLH+SS+WH)

UCAS Tariff points

LRN Level 3 Award in European Community Development

Grade Points
P 8


Key issues for UK HE admissions

There are a number of key considerations for HEPs when reviewing vocational qualifications that are not listed on the DfE 16 – 19 performance tables for England:

  • Some of these qualifications are occupational, and may not be designed specifically for progression to HE.
  • Applicants holding these qualifications may be school or college leavers, however, some may be more mature students who are likely to have other relevant experience alongside these qualifications.
  • These qualifications may have been taken as part of a wider study programme or an apprenticeship.
  • If they are presented for admission to HE it is likely to be in conjunction with other qualifications.

In respect of this qualification:

  • Higher education providers can expect to receive applications from UK and overseas applicants holding the LRN Level 3 Award in European Community Development.
Timing of assessments/results for learners

Assessments are available on demand all year round. However, centres must provide LRN with registration information at least 30 days in advance of the assessment date. LRN issues its results between four to six weeks (upon receiving the candidate results from the test centre).

Qualification date
Starting from 01 May 2016
Qualification dates notes

This is a current qualification.

Reporting and certification information

The results of this qualification are not available through ABL This does not reflect the validity of the qualification. HEPs will need to ask applicants to provide their own evidence of achievement.

View the results available through ABL.

From 2016 until current date:

  • Registrations – 50
  • Certifications – 35

The reporting of certificates is through quarterly reports which are submitted to Ofqual.

Progression information

The way in which the LRN Level 3 Award in European Community Development is integrated with work experience means that it is especially suitable for people seeking to progress into employment

Students will also be able to progress to further or higher education in related fields, such as development studies and youth work.

HE admissions will expect the qualification will be presented alongside other qualifications.