WJEC Level 3 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice and Theory

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This QIP covers Level 3 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice and Theory, which is available on publicly-funded programmes of learning for learners up to the age of 19 in Wales.

This qualification has been approved by Qualifications Wales and will be available for teaching from September 2019. It is part of a suite of 21 Health & Social Care and Childcare qualifications, some of which will be available from September 2019 and the remainder by September 2020. The qualifications in this suite have been developed jointly by a consortium of City & Guilds and WJEC and are awarded by either WJEC or City & Guilds.

Country
  • Wales
Purpose

This qualification is intended for learners aged 16 and above who want to enter employment or further education. It provides a basis for learners who want to progress to higher education or to the workplace. This qualification combines theoretical knowledge in Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development with the practical skills needed to work within the sector.

Learners taking this qualification will have completed the units for Level 3 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice and additional knowledge-based units covering the principles and theories that influence children's care, play, learning, and development in Wales. The content focuses on principles and theories that influence children's health, well-being and development and how the childcare and child health sector can respond to all the needs of individuals.

The practical units in this qualification are identical to those required for Level 3 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice. The Practice qualification is practice-based and enables learners to develop and demonstrate their knowledge, understanding, behaviours, skills and practice within a children’s care, play, learning and development setting. It provides the opportunity to enrich knowledge and skills using both mandatory content and optional units supporting learners to develop knowledge and skills in their work context.

Achievement of either Level 3 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice or Level 3 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice & Theory confers occupational competence.

Please note that it is a requirement of Social Care Wales that an individual working within the Children’s Care Play Learning and Development sector will need both:

  • the Level 2 Children’s Care Play Learning and Development: Core qualification and
  • the Level 3 Children’s Care Play Learning and Development: Practice & Theory qualification

to work within specific job roles. Further details will be available on the Social Care Wales.

Education context

This qualification has been designed to be delivered by a range of learning providers for learners who are 16 or over.

In July 2016, Qualifications Wales published the Sector Review of Qualifications and the Qualification System in Health and Social Care including childcare and play work. Following the Review, Qualifications Wales commissioned the development of a new suite of Health and Social Care and Childcare qualifications for Wales which from September 2019 will replace more than 200 qualifications which were previously eligible for funding on programmes of learning funded by Welsh Government or local authorities. These qualifications have been developed by the awarding body in partnership with Social Care Wales and Health Education and Improvement Wales to ensure that they meet the needs of the Health and Social Care sector.

From September 2019, qualifications in this suite will be the only qualifications in health and social care, and childcare that are eligible for funding by Welsh Government on programmes of learning for learners under the age of 19. Some of these qualifications will also be on Social Care Wales’ Qualification Framework for Social Care and Childcare from September 2019 and will be requirements to work within specific job roles in the health and social care sector.

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.

Awarding organisation
  • WJEC
Structure

The Level 3 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice and Theory qualification comprises:

  • competence-based units assessed through a range of externally set and internally marked practice-based tasks, and a portfolio of evidence
  • knowledge-based units assessed through an externally-assessed examination and an externally-assessed research task

To achieve the Level 3 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice and Theory qualification, learners must achieve the 50 credits required for City & Guilds Level 3 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice. Learners must also achieve a minimum of 22 knowledge-based credits.

72 credits in total as outlined below: 50 credits practice (Level 3 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice):

  • 30 credits must be achieved from the mandatory group 1
  • A minimum of 4 credits must be achieved from optional group A
  • The balance of 16 credits can be achieved from either optional groups A, B or C

22 knowledge-based credits:

  • 22 credits must be achieved from mandatory group 2 (knowledge)

Learners not yet in employment must complete a minimum of 700 hours work placement; this must be in a Level 3 role working with children under the age of 8 years. Hours undertaken whilst in a Level 2 role cannot contribute to total requirement.

Subject areas

Competence-based units from Level 3 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice (50 credits): Mandatory group:

  • Promoting core practice in children’s care, play, learning and development
  • Promoting play, learning, growth and development
  • Promoting nutrition and hydration in early years
  • Responding childhood illness, infestation/infection, disease and immunisation

Optional group A:

  • Promoting the case of 0-2 year olds
  • Promoting the care of 2-3 year olds
  • Promoting work with 3-7 year olds

Optional group B:

  • Promoting the acquisition of a new language through immersion
  • Supporting families to develop parenting skills
  • Promoting and supporting speech, language and communication skills
  • Positive approaches to behaviour support in early years
  • Supporting children with additional needs

Optional group C:

  • Supporting children living with epilepsy
  • Supporting children’s health promotion
  • Undertaking capillary blood glucose monitoring
  • Supporting children to undertake glucose monitoring
  • Taking venous blood samples from children
  • Providing care for children living with cancer
  • Palliative and end of life care for children and young people
  • Administering nasal vaccinations for influenza
  • Undertaking stoma care
  • Undertaking non-complex wound care
  • Undertaking vision screening
  • Undertaking hearing screening in school age children
  • Administering adrenaline autoinjection
  • Supporting new and expectant parents
  • Introduction to homebased childcare
  • Preparing for childminding practice
  • Facilitate group learning
  • Supporting individuals with enteral feeding
  • Supporting children living with diabetes mellitus
  • Responding to anaphylactic reactions
  • Introduction to breathlessness and asthma in children
  • Supporting continence care in children
  • Supporting individuals with moving and positioning
  • Introduction to physiological measurements in children
  • Undertaking point of care testing
  • Undertaking collection of specimens

Mandatory group 2 (22 credits):

  • Principles and theories that influence children's care, play, learning and development in the 21st century in Wales and across the UK
Levels
  • Level 3

This qualification is at level 3 on the Credit and Qualifications Framework for Wales (CQFW), which aligns with level 3 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). Level 3 is broadly aligned to the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Level 6 / 7.

Grading

Pass / Merit / Distinction / Distinction*

Assessment

70% internal assessment 30% external assessment

The internal assessments are assessed through a range of externally set and internally marked practice‐based tasks, and a portfolio of evidence.

The external assessment is split into two assessments.

External examination: this will assess all taught content from the knowledge-based unit and is a written or on-line examination. Extended research task: which focuses on independent research and application of taught content from the knowledge-based unit.

Contribution of assessment components to overall grade

Learners must achieve a minimum of 72 credits and meet the agreed rules of combination in order to achieve the qualification.

The final qualification grade is based on achievement in the externally-assessed knowledge-based unit.

Resit arrangements

For the internal assessments, learners have the opportunity to resubmit work for assessment following feedback from their tutor/assessor. Learners will be allowed two resits of the external assessment.

Guided/notional learning hours
720 hours
Guided/notional learning hours notes

The Total Qualification Time (TQT) for this qualification has been calculated as 980 hours. This includes:

  • the guided learning hours as specified above
  • 200 hours of work-placement (in addition to the 500 hours of GLH assigned to the Practice units)
  • 60 hours of additional self-directed study which may include:
    • use of on-line learning resources
    • completion of sample assessments / examination papers
    • completion of independent research including reading of publications and reports relating to sector
    • reflection.
UCAS grade bands

Not yet available.

Key issues for UK HE admissions
  • Intended to be taken alongside A level in Health and Social Care, and Childcare or other A levels; part of full-time programme of learning in school sixth form/FE for 16-19 year-olds.
  • It should be noted that not all students will be able choose their optional units and these may be prescribed by the school or college, therefore HEPs should be cautious if requiring achievement in optional modules as part of their entry requirements, offer making and decision-making strategies.
  • Applicants holding this qualification will have had experience of external and synoptic assessment.
  • Learners not yet in employment must complete a minimum of 700 hours work placement; this must be in a Level 3 role working with children under the age of 8 years. Hours undertaken whilst in a Level 2 role cannot contribute to total requirement.
Timing of assessments/results for learners

For the internally assessed units, learners may start and complete their programme of learning throughout the year. Results are confirmed upon completion and following any external quality assurance activities required.

For the externally assessed units, the evidence for the Extended Research Task will be submitted to WJEC for marking in either January or June each year. The examination will also be available during January or June of each year. Certificates will be issued thereafter.

Qualification date
Starting from 01 Sep 2020
Reporting and certification information

ABL quals The results of WJEC Level 3 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice and Theory qualification are reported to UCAS through Awarding Body Linkage (ABL). View the results available through ABL.

Progression information

This qualification may meet the entry requirements for higher education in its own right in a related area, or it may need to be offered in conjunction with other Level 3 qualifications, for instance A levels. In addition, some higher education courses may require specific levels of achievement in particular units or ask for additional qualifications to satisfy subject knowledge requirements.

Progression to HE will probably be in the area of Early Years Childcare or Health and Social Care, and may be to a foundation degree or a Higher National qualification (HNC/HND).

Learners achieving Level 3 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice and Theory may continue in employment, including in roles for which this qualification is a requirement on the Social Care Wales Qualification Framework for Social Care and Childcare. Learners achieving this qualification may also progress to higher‐level qualifications within Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development. This qualification belongs to the suite of Health and Social Care and Childcare qualifications from levels 2 to 5 commissioned by Qualifications Wales. On achievement of the Level 3 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice & Theory learners may progress to level 4 specialism or leadership and management qualifications in this suite.

Further information

View the qualification specifications: Level 3 Children’s Care, Play, Learning and Development: Practice and Theory

Visit the healthandcarelearning.wales website to find out more about the suite of Health and Social Care and Childcare qualifications for Wales.