Key Stage 5

CACHE Level 3 Technical Diploma in Childcare and Education


Why study this course?

The Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) enables learners to gain the knowledge and experience which will allow them to work with children from birth to five years or gain access to Higher Education programmes. Many of our past pupils have gained employment as early Years Educators or have gone on to gain a degree in Early Years and are now working as primary teachers.

These qualifications have been awarded UCAS Tariff points. The Diploma has been awarded 168 Tariff points at A* under the New Tariff for 2017 (old Tariff 420 points). Therefore this is a full-time programme taking 4 option blocks. All learners who achieve an Early Years Educator qualification will need GCSE English and Maths at minimum grade 4 in order to meet government standards of literacy and numeracy standards in early years settings, therefore applicants who haven’t got the grades on entry will be offered the level 2 programme of study.

There is a placement requirement for this course, all learners must undertake a minimum of 750 hours which is arranged by the college. You will be assessed on practical skills whilst working there by our own workplace assessor. The placements will be with children from 0-5 years, during the two years you will undertake three different placements. As you will be working with children you will be required to undertake a DBS check.


What will I study?

Year 1

You will study seven units graded internally plus an externally set and marked assessment of a 5000 word essay. You will also be required to be practically competent in the workplace.

Units include:

  • Child development from conception to 7 years
  • Children’s health and well being
  • Providing a safe environment for children
  • Child health Play and learning
  • Understanding additional needs
  • Observation, assessment and planning


Year 2

You will undertake a different placement and also be required to pass a further external assessment.

Units include:

  • Supporting emergent literacy
  • Supporting emergent mathematics
  • Preparing for school readiness
  • International perspectives
  • Reflective practice
  • Professional partnership in the early years
  • Professional Practice Portfolio


How will I be assessed?

In order to achieve the Technical Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) learners must pass fourteen mandatory units. Learners must also complete the extended assessments CCE1 and DCE2 (externally set, externally marked). Mandatory units are marked and graded A* – D by your tutors, there are opportunities to upgrade original grades.


Where can it lead?

These qualifications are suitable for a range of learners wishing to work in early years education and care or for those wishing to progress to higher education.

Staff List

Mrs J Armstrong

Course Leader

Miss M Cooke – Faculty Leader

Mrs N Robinson

Miss T Eyre

Exam Board

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