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.

The course carries a maximum of 84 (A* grade) UCAS points.

What will I study?

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

-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 3 days per 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?

To pass this qualification you will need to pass all units. All units will be internally assessed using a range of methods, and graded A* - D. You must also complete an Effective Practice Study Task which is externally marked.

You will undertake a minimum of 365 hours in work placements, as an important part of the assessment process involves evaluating skills in real working situations.

You will gain experience in working with children of 0 -1 year, 2-4 years and 4-7 years in Nursery and Primary School settings.

How do I get a place on the course?

Places are offered by interview depending on your predicted grades and a good reference from your current tutor.

What are the entry requirements?

Four GCSEs at Grade 4 including English Language and Mathematics.

You must be aged between 16 and 19 to enrol on this course.

You will have a positive school or college reference with good levels of attendance and punctuality. Experience of working with children e.g. babysitting, or nursery experience would be very useful.

What else do I need to know?

All students working with children will need to have a Disclosure and Barring Security Check.

You will need to provide additional funds for a text book and uniform for college and work placement.

Educational trips are offered to enhance your learning on the course.

What can I do after this course?

Cache Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator)

If you chose to have a break before continuing your studies you may work as:
Children's Centre Worker, Nursery Nurse, Private Nanny, Teaching Assistant, Learning Support Assistant or as a Children's Health Care Assistant.

*If you wish to progress to Initial Teacher Training or EYT after completion of the Diploma you must have Mathematics, English and a science subject at GCSE Grade C/4 or above.


Blossomfield Campus

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Course Fee

N/A For 16 to 18 year olds

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Full Time