LRN Level 3 Award in European Community Development

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The LRN Level 3 Award in European Community Development is designed to equip learners 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 learners 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 learners 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 learners to work effectively in a community development role.

Schools and colleges may offer qualifications that are not included in the performance tables, if approved for teaching to 16-19 year olds, where this is in the best interests of individual students.

This qualification is not listed on the 16-19 performance tables.

Education context

This qualification is delivered in FE, HE, and 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

This qualification is set at Level 3 and sits on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

Level 3 is the same level as A levels and comparable to SCQF Level 6.


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 1, candidates are required to complete two written assignments of 500-750 words.

For Unit 2, 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 3, candidates are required to complete a single written assignment of 1,000-1,500 words.

For Unit 4, 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

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

Examinations 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

FY 2016 to date:

Registrations – 50

Certifications – 35

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

The results of many UK qualifications are reported to UCAS through Awarding Body Linkage (ABL).

  • A levels and results from larger awarding bodies are reported automatically
  • IB results are only reported with the candidate’s permission
  • Some results are not reported through ABL, this does not reflect the validity of the qualification.

View the results available through ABL.

Where results are not available through ABL, HEPs will need to ask applicants to provide their own evidence of achievement.

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