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Childcare and Education EYE Certificate level 3 at Leicester College

Course description

The CACHE level 3 Certificate 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 5 years. Upon achievement of this course you will be able to access the next element, the diploma year, which can lead to higher education or allow you to enter the workforce as an early years educator. UCAS has confirmed the maximum allocation of 420 points at A* to the level 3 diploma in childcare and education (EYE). 

If you are aged 16-18, you will be enrolled on a study programme, which will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven't already achieved a grade 4 or above. You will also be required to complete a work experience placement and an employability programme.

Course content

The course comprises of 15 units that cover: child development; child health; play and learning; how to observe children; international perspectives on childcare and early years;  preparing for school readiness; and how to help children develop emergent literacy and numeracy skills. There are two competency-based professional practice elements carried out in different age ranges in settings. You are required to gain 400+ hours in placement across the first year of study. It is important that you work with the placement coordinator to ensure you are working towards the correct placement. Year one will also include an externally-assessed submission which is completed under controlled conditions.

Entry requirements

Standard entry to this course requires one reference. It is desirable that you can demonstrate 90% attendance. A GCSE in both English and maths at grade 4 (C) or above is required.
Consideration will be given to all applicants over the age of 19 who do not hold formal English and maths qualifications.


Assessment is split between assignments: work placement competency assessments and the externally-assessed assignment that is completed under controlled conditions. It is important to note that awarding organisation rules state only two attempts can be made with externally assessed work and should you fail both attempts, you will have failed the entire course.

Financial information

The materials fee of £150.00 is payable by all learners regardless of financial position. Tuition fees are applicable for anyone aged 19+ and the fees are £950. Any learner over the age of nineteen will need to pay £44.00 for the Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) check, which is a requirement in order to complete the mandatory work placement element of this course.

Future opportunities

You can progress into paid employment in the sector in roles such as: nursery nurse; nanny; children's representative for holiday firms and classroom assistant. This qualification, following the second year of study, also provides the maximum of 420 UCAS points enabling you to progress to university for degrees in subjects such as: early years; primary education (QTS); social work; paediatric nursing and general nursing. Please be aware: some universities will require science GCSE grade 4/C for some degrees.

Further information

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 08 November 2017
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