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Childcare and Education - CACHE Level 3 Diploma at Harrow College

Course description

This course is for people with a keen interest in working with children or young people at a professional level. You will have some experience already and be able to get a work experience placement or are already employed in a childcare setting in a key worker position.

Course content

You will learn about all aspects of children's care and education through theory lessons in college. You will study core subjects such as promoting communication, equality and diversity and implementing duty of care in children and young people's settings. There are also mandatory units relating to children and young people, for example; promote child and young person development, working together for the benefit of children and young people, context and principles for early years provision and professional practice in early years settings. Additional units may also be studied e.g. work with babies and young children to promote their development and learning.

There will be a mixture of theory and practical hands-on activities to keep you interested throughout the course. You will have lectures, discussions, group work, research tasks, videos and many interactive activities to help you learn. As well as attending college you will undertake work experience in a school or nursery at least 12 hours a week.

Entry requirements

You must have a good standard of spoken and written English. New legislation requires all learners to have achieved a GCSE Math's and English at Grades A*-C Either you will have completed a Level 2 qualification in childcare or a related field, or you will have relevant experience of childcare. You will need to demonstrate that you are a responsible person with the skills and qualities needed to care for young children. Additionally you will need to undergo a check of your criminal records in order to ensure the safety of the children who might be in your care. Any convictions/warnings/reprimands which prevent you from working with children or vulnerable people must be declared as they can prohibit you from successfully completing the work placement element and can be used to determine your suitability for the course.

As you will be working with vulnerable groups, it is a requirement that you are up-to-date with your vaccinations in line with the UK national immunisation schedule, and in particular that you have received two doses of the MMR vaccine. This will be verified at interview or prior to attending work placement. Working in the Health and Care field is physically demanding and requires learners to have a calm and professional approach as you will be dealing with various vulnerable client groups. You will also need to pass a fitness for practice assessment at interview/prior to enrolment to ensure you are able to complete the compulsory work experience placement on the course, this may require you to provide additional medical information to determine your suitability for the course.


You will have written tasks that will assess your knowledge and understanding and also be observed working with children in the work setting.

Financial information

Please see our information on fees and bursaries on the Young Learners (16+) pages of the website. Any fees paid for full time programmes are non refundable. Please contact Admissions if you would like further information or advice.

Future opportunities

You will be qualified to work as a key worker or team leader and doing this course might help you to gain promotion or improve your future job prospects. You could seek employment in childcare settings such as schools, nurseries, playgroups in an unsupervised role or as a nanny or childminder. You could go on to further study at Level 4 such as a hospital play specialist course, Foundation Degree or HND in Early Years.

Further information

Equipment or materials:

USB , Pens, Pencils, Ruler, Lined A4 Paper.

Additional costs:

You will need a DBS check that you have to pay for yourself. Currently this costs £46 but this is subject to change.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Harrow College directly.

Last updated date: 11 March 2016
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