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CACHE Childcare Level 3 at Handsworth Wood Girls' Academy

Course description

You will gain knowledge, understanding and skills that you will need to enter employment and work with young children and their families or it will help you progress onto a Level 3 study pathway. Some of these are listed below:

Introduction to working with children

Development from conception to age 16 years

Supporting children

Health and safety

Role of the practitioner and professional skills

Play and learning in children’s education


Care of sick children

Communication, language and literacy skills

Course content

You must achieve the following units;

  • Units 1 – 9 plus three optional units 11, 12 and 16.
  • Research Task

Entry requirements

A minimum grade ‘C’ in English at GCSE is required to study this course. Preferably you will have successfully completed the L2 CACHE course. You will need to complete a CRB check before you can begin your work placement and should apply for this by July 2011. The cost of your CRB check will be refunded to you once you have started the course


  • Formative assessment during the course will occur informally in class, through your class work and homework.
  • You will be assessed through written assignments set by CACHE and also in real work environments by direct observation of practice in the workforce.
  • Short answer case study external exam
  • You will also complete a research task which is externally marked.

Future opportunities

You can progress to various job roles such as: Playgroup worker Registered child minder and nanny Children’s centre staff Personnel in day nurseries Support worker

Further information

How can I progress with this qualification? Students completing the Diploma can progress to a degree.

The following UCAS points are available for this course: 120 to 360 UCAS points

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Handsworth Wood Girls' Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Mr. J. Chohan
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 0121 5548122
    • Email address:


  • More information
    • Handsworth Wood Girls' Academy is situated within a large green site with playing fields at the front and back of the main buildings.  Unlike many new schools, classrooms at HWGA are spacious, and most teachers have their own rooms and are accessible to support students.  Much refurbishment has taken place over the last two years.  Recent changes have included a refurbished library, refurbished and extended Sixth Form Learning Area, five brand new Science laboratories with refurbishment of the supporting preparatory rooms, a refurbished MFL department and refurbished Health and Social Care rooms.  In addition, the school is equipped with a modern  IT network including a cutting edge wireless cloud network throughout the school.  All Sixth Form students are supplied with their own laptops for study within the academy and at home.  The school has two dedicated Performing Art Suites, a Dance Studio and a large hall with high quality lighting rigs, and mechanised seating that provides a flexible performance venue.