CACHE Certificate in Childcare and Education

CACHE Certificate in Childcare and Education

Study Mode: Part Time
Course Code: CHIAA015BCP0
Course Level: Level 3

Where will this course lead?

CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Childcare and Education is a one year programme which provides progression to the Level 3 Early Years Educator Diploma on achievement of Maths and English GCSE grade C/4.
The course carries a maximum of 55 to 140 (A*/9 grade) UCAS points

What will I study?

You will study all aspects of children's care, play, learning and development:

You will need to undertake practical placements, as an important part of the assessment process involves evaluating skills in real working situations. To pass this qualification you will need to pass all units, All units will be internally assessed using a range of methods. All units are graded A*/9 - D/3. You must also complete an Effective Practice Study Task (externally set, externally marked)
- Child development from conception to seven years
- Children's health and well-being
- Providing safe environments for children
- Child health
- Play and learning
- Understanding children's additional needs
- Observation, assessment and planning
- Professional Practice Portfolio

How will this course be delivered?

This course is college based with assessed work based practice. You will be in college for 1 day a week and assessed work practice 2 days per week.

What qualifications will I get?

CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Childcare and Education (VRQ)

How will I be assessed?

There are 3 externally assessed components in this course. I exam and 2 set assignments. The remaining modules are assessed via assignments and course work. In addition you will need to pass your professional practice unit which comprises. 800 hours of assessed work practice with children in following ranges 0 -1 year, 2-4 years and 4-7 years in Nursery and Primary School.

How do I get a place on the course?

Places are offered by interview depending on your experience, grades and a good reference.
You may also be tested for your English and Maths skills.

What are the entry requirements?

You will be required to have a full level 2 qualification, and have evidence for English and Maths.

What else do I need to know?

All students working with children will need to have an Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau Check; this may affect your application. Please discuss this with your interviewing tutor.
You need to bring pen, notebooks and folders to every lesson. It is expected that you will bring a memory stick to save and back up your work.
You will also need to provide costs for text books, a polo shirt for work placement during the course. You should allow £70 to cover these.

What can I do after this course?

If you chose to have a break before continuing your studies you may choose to go to work as:
Children's Centre worker, Nursery practitioner, Private Nanny, Teaching Assistant, Learning Support Assistant, Children's Health Care assistant or as a Childminder.

*If you wish to progress to Initial Teacher Training or EYT you must have Mathematics, English and a science subject at GCSE Grade C or above

How much will this course cost?
The course will cost £2882. Funding is available.


Solihull College, Blossomfield Road, Solihull, B91 1SB, Tel: 0121 678 7000, Minicom: 0121 628 7005, Email:, Internet:

Have a question about the course?
Please contact Admissions on 0121 678 7000 with any queries.
Start Date
Course Fee

Blossomfield Campus

September 2017


09.30 - 15.00

Not Applicable to 16-18 year olds