Childcare & Early Years Education

CACHE Certificate in Childcare and Education - N098

12 Quays Full Time Level 3 Duration 36 weeks

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This qualification has been designed for students who want to work in early year's childcare and education as an Early Years Educator. The high level of skills required to achieve this qualification also enables students to progress to Higher Education (UCAS tariff points available)

Upon achievement of this qualification it is intended that students will progress onto year 2, the Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education which on completion will enable progression into Higher Education.

There is also the option to step off at Certificate and gain employment in a supervised early year's role or top up A levels and progress to Higher Education sooner.

Course Details

The course is rewarding, challenging and intensive and requires a great deal of commitment and motivation.

You will need to be able to research and work independently both in College and for a substantial amount of time at home.

Placement experience is an integral part of the course, which offers UCAS points to enable you to progress into Higher Education.

Placements are required for achievement of this qualification. A minimum of 365 placement hours is required. Placements will be undertaken in at least 2 different settings to cover the following age ranges:

    Age range and hours
  • 0—1 year 11 months - 25 hours
  • 2—2 years 11 months - 130 hours
  • 3—5 years - 170 hours
  • Specialised placement such as 5—7 years - 40 hours
Entry Guidelines
  • This is a study programme for students 16-18 years.
  • Relevant Level 2 qualification plus Maths and English Language at Grade 9-4/A*-C or four GCSEs at Grade 9-4/A*-C. This must include a Grade 9-4/A*-C in Maths and in English Language.
  • Satisfactory interview and assessment.
  • Two positive references including a reference from a work experience placement.
  • Collect all of the information required for a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) and bring to interview.
Equipment Required

To learn effectively on your course you will need to use certain items of equipment and undertake particular activities as part of your studies. To further enhance your learning experience the following will be required: Uniform £30 Disclosure and Barring Service Check Certificate £44 If you need support with these costs, don't worry, click on the link below and complete a bursary application form. https://www.wmc.ac.uk/student-support/financial-support/bursaries-loans Equipment purchased will be yours to keep and you will be able to use them for practice at home and in your future career. N.B. prices correct as of 23/06/2021

Assessment Method

In order to achieve the CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Childcare and Education (VRQ) you must complete 8 mandatory units and an Effective Practice Study Task (externally set, externally marked). You also need to complete the mandatory placement hours and demonstrate the required level of skills.

Additional Information

You will need to show that you are motivated, committed and have excellent punctuality and attendance.

Vocational competency is gained with children from Birth to 5 years and knowledge only with children from 5 to 7 years.

UCAS points below achievable for Certificate only (If you have A Levels already you can top up)

Grade UCAS points (new tariff points 2017)
A* 84
A 72
B 60
C 48
D 36

Are you aged 16-18?
Study programmes are full-time courses for 16-18 year olds which include:

  • A qualification such as BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Meaningful work experience or preparation for work
  • English and maths, if you don't already have GCSE grade A* - C (or grade 4 or above)
  • Non-study activities such as tutorials, voluntary work, fund-raising/charity work, sport or trips
Where can I progress to?

When you have successfully completed your course you may be able to progress to a second year to complete the full

Diploma, with a view to gaining additional UCAS tariff points in order to access Higher Education. This will be discussed with your course tutor in your progress reviews.

You will have to achieve a good grade at Certificate level and also have to prove that you have had high levels of motivation, commitment, attendance and punctuality during your level 3 course.

If you want to progress to Diploma, this will give you an excellent progression opportunity to enter Higher Education with enough UCAS points for Primary teaching if this is your goal. Your certificate points above will be included with Diploma points. See below for points available on completion of Diploma.

Grade UCAS points (new tariff points 2017)
A* 168
A 144
B 120
C 96
D 72

There are many employment opportunities in the Childcare and Education sector, such as Classroom Assistant, Nursery Nurse and Child Care Practitioner. After gaining employment you will be qualified to supervise children and be well positioned for career progression to management.

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Planned Timetable

Day Times Campus
Wednesday 10:00 — 16:00 12 Quays Main Building
Thursday 09:00 — 14:00 12 Quays Main Building
Friday 10:00 — 12:00 12 Quays Main Building

You can also apply for this course to start in September 2023 - click apply and select 'September 23 start'

If you are aged 16-18:


This study programme is free for students, who are aged 16-18 on 31 August, and students aged 19-24 with an Education, Health & Care Plan.

If you are aged 19 or over:

If you are aged 19+ and living in the Liverpool City Region (inc Wirral), many courses will be free. If you are aged 19+ and live outside the Liverpool City Region, this course may be free. Terms & conditions apply.

If you are aged 19+, you may be able to apply for a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan (which is available for this course).

Did you know that many of our courses are free for students aged 19 and above?

Find out if you are eligible for free funding here, or contact our student service team on 0151 551 7777.

If you are required to pay a fee you may be entitled to an Adult Learner Loan or other financial support. For more information on support available visit Bursaries and Loans. We also allow payment by instalments for some courses.

Fee : £2600.00

The fee quoted is for the academic year 22/23.

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