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Children and Young People’s Workforce (CACHE Diploma) Advanced Apprenticeship at Colchester Institute

Course description

The Children and Young People’s Workforce (CACHE Diploma) Advanced Apprenticeship (Social Care Pathway) programme is designed to help learners build the knowledge and skills needed when working with children and young people from birth to 19 years of age. They cover a diverse range of job roles and occupational areas. Learning through theory sessions at college is teamed with work based experience to achieve a Level 3 CACHE Diploma.

Course content

Children and Young People’s Workforce (CACHE Diploma) Advanced Apprenticeship (Social Care Pathway) units:

The course combines developing your practical and theoretical skills at College, together with experience gained in the workplace. The course covers:

  • Promote Communication in Children and Young People’s Settings
  • Engage in Personal Development in Children’s Settings
  • Promote Equality and Inclusion in Health, Social Care or Children and Young People’s Settings
  • Contribute to Children and Young People’s Health and Safety
  • Working Together for the Benefit of Children and Young People
  • Functional Skills at Level 2 in English, Maths and ICT

Entry requirements

Candidates should have a strong interest in the area of working with children to support their learning, and development. They will need to be dedicated and committed to their study and be responsible for their own learning. Students on this course are required to be employed in a suitable childcare setting that can include Nursery, School or Pre-school. For this pathway it must be suitable employment to meet all qualifications criteria. Additional entry requirements include successful completion of a relevant level 2 qualification, or GCSEs at grades A*-C. Individuals that do not meet the qualification criteria but do have significant experience within the skills sector will still be considered.


The above modules will be assessed knowledge through written tasks and competency through observations. This is a practical course where students are expected to provide evidence through classroom activity, guided assignment work, practical sessions and workplace experience.

Future opportunities

Possible progression to higher education programmes. Higher education opportunities may include the Foundation Degree in Early Years at Colchester Institute.

Which type of job roles can you apply for on completion?

Social Care Pathway
Foster Carers
Children and Families Social Workers
Registered Managers of Children’s Homes, plus Deputy and Assistant Managers
Residential Childcare Workers
Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service Advisers
Youth Worker
Community care officer
Professional assistant
Family centre worker

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 March 2016

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