Where will this course lead?

CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education is a one year programme which provides a route to employment or progression to Higher Education.

The course carries a maximum of 168 (A* grade) UCAS points.

What will I study?

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

- Supporting emergent literacy
- Supporting emergent mathematics
- Preparing for school readiness
- International perspectives
- Reflective practice for professional development
- Professional partnerships in early years
- Professional practice portfolio 2

How will this course be delivered?

This course is college based with assessed work based practice. You will be in college for 2 days per week and assessed work practice 2 days per week. There will be one day of independent study.

What qualifications will I get?

CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) (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 External Assessment which is externally marked.

You will undertake a minimum of 385 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?

CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Childcare and Education and 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 college reference with good levels of attendance and punctuality.

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?

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.

This qualification provides progression to a range of relevant degree programmes including teacher training.

*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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N/A For 16 to 19 Year Olds

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Full Time