CACHE Level 3 Diploma for Early Years Educator | Walsall College

CACHE Level 3 Diploma for Early Years Educator

The course gives students an understanding of early years childcare of children from birth to five years and further knowledge of children aged five to seven years. 

Students will complete 8 mandatory units over the first year, which are graded A* - D;  including one unit which is competency based and will be assessed in the real work environment.  Students are required to complete a minimum of 365 hours in a variety of childcare placements to cover specific age ranges. During the first year, students will also complete an Effective Practice Study Task, which is externally set and marked by Cache. 

During the second year, students will complete 7 mandatory units, which again are graded A* - D; this will include one unit which is competency based and will be assessed in the real work environment. Students are required to complete a minimum of 365 hours of work experience placements in a variety of settings to cover specific age ranges. 

Students are also required to complete an additional External Research Task, which is externally set and marked by Cache.

If you love working with children, we can help you start a future in this rewarding career. Come and enrol. View a list of our enrolment dates and times here.

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5 GCSEs at grades C / GCSE grade 4 or above including English Language and/or Maths (some courses may require both, please check your individual course). Or a relevant Level 2 related qualification.

Progression to University to teaching, child education, social studies, social work,family support work related degrees, midwifery or paediatric nursing. 
The full details of the points allocation to the Award/Certificate/Diploma qualifications are below:
Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) (VRQ) 601/4000/8
Grade A* A B C D
UCAS points 270 225 180 136 92
Level 3 Certificate in Childcare and Education (VRQ) 601/3999/7
Grade A* A B C D
UCAS points 115 94 74 55 36
Level 3 Award in Childcare and Education (VRQ) 601/3998/5
Grade A* A B C D
UCAS points 30 25 20 15 10

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Basic Information

Course Code H01F3CED9P
Location Wisemore Campus
Level Level 3
Type Full-Time/Part-Time
Fee Aged 16-18: FREE, Aged 19 & Over: Call to speak to Student Finance
Start Date Sep 09 2019

Special Information

This course is eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan - If finances have been holding you back from starting a course, you can now apply for a loan to help with the cost of these fees!



Maths & English Requirement

English and Maths is a mandatory part of the 16-19 study programme.
If you have GCSEs in English and Maths at:

  • A* - C or 4-9 - You will continue to study English and Maths but do not have to take another exam.
  • D or 3 - You will need to resit your GCSE English and Maths at college.
  • E, F or G / 1 or 2 - You will study for Functional Skills until you get to Level 1. Then you will take GCSE English and Maths.

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