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Childhood Studies CACHE Diploma at JFS

Course description

The CACHE Diploma course is a three ‘A’ level. It can provide 360 UCAS points equivalent to three ‘A’ grades in traditional GCE courses. It develops the knowledge, skills and experience to enable students to work in a child care setting. The course is a level 3 qualification and is listed on the QCA framework of Nationally Accredited Qualifications. This course is widely accepted by red brick and metropolitan universities to study a range of subjects at degree level. Childhood Studies develops the knowledge, skills and experience to enable students to work in a child care setting.

Course content

Practical and theoretical skills on how babies and children learn and develop. This will include much child psychology and you will have the opportunity to put this knowledge into practice by working in a range of different placements two days per week.

A total of 12 units are taught:

• Working with children
• Development from conception to age 16
• Supporting children
• Keeping children safe
• The principles underpinning the role of the practitioner working with children
• Promoting a healthy environment for children
• Play and learning in children’s education
• Caring for children
• Development of professional skills within children’s education
• Care of sick children
• Nutrition and healthy food for children
• Working with babies from birth to 12 months

Students spend two days per week in a minimum of three placements with 0 - 8 year olds.

Students will be taught each unit by a variety of experienced staff and will learn to deal with pressure, meet deadlines and work within a team environment.

Entry requirements

You will need to have a level 5 in GCSE English Language as there is much written work to complete. A grade B in Child Development GCSE is desirable, but we will take students who have not taken Child Development GCSE.

Enrolment will be subject to a satisfactory Police report to comply with The Children’s Act.


The course is assessed by the successful completion of set assignments for each unit, a short answer examination and an externally set assignment.  Assessment of practical competence will take place in the work placement.

Each of the 12 units has a specific submission date. Each of these marks goes towards your 3 ‘A’ Level grades.

You will have a written paper in the Spring term of Year 12 which must be passed to progress to Year 13 and will also go towards your final 3 ‘A’ Level grades.

The final assessment is a 5000 word research task, set and marked by the examination board, which is submitted in the January of Year 13. This will also go towards your final 3 ‘A’ Level grades.

Future opportunities

Previous students have gone on to study: Childhood Studies and Education, Psychology, Nursery Teaching, Teacher Training, Speech Therapy, Youth Studies, Forensic Science, Social Work, Criminology, Media and Culture, Occupational Therapy among others. Our students have proceeded to many varied institutions of Higher Education, including 'Red Brick' universities.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 November 2016
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