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Child Care and Education Diploma Level 3 (CACHE) at Richmond-upon-Thames College

Course description

This course is a gold standard qualification that develops the needs of today's child care workforce. The broader range of services for children and families requires highly qualified, multi-disciplined professionals. It is designed to meet your needs as a care worker and the needs of your employers. This new qualification is part of a government framework that ensures the qualification will be recognised and valued nationally.

Course content

The course enables learners to gain the knowledge and experience which allows them to work with children from birth to 5 years. You will study topics such as child development, the value of play and health. You will be required to attend training placements in order to gain practical skills. The course is divided into two stages and upon achievement it is intended that you can access higher education or enter the workforce as an early years educator.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English and Maths at grade 4


recognised Level 2 Childcare qualification at Distinction/Merit/A*-C as well as GCSE English and Maths at grade 4.



The course is assessed through a variety of methods: by external and internal written assignments, research projects and evidence of competence in practical skills and knowledge when working with children and 1 external exam.

Financial information

You will need to obtain a Police Check from the DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) to determine suitability as a 'fit' person to work with children. The DBS charge is currently about £44 and the check is done before the start of the course. You will need to buy some textbooks at a cost of approximately £70 and you will have to pay the weekly travel costs to your training placement.

Future opportunities

This qualification enables you to practise in almost every childcare and education setting including nurseries, crèches, pre-schools, schools and children's centres. It could also lead to roles as a home based childcare worker or nanny. You may progress to higher level qualifications for example teaching, nursing, the foundation degree in early years and other higher courses.


The diploma attracts UCAS points which means most universities will accept it as an entry qualification for degree level study.

Further information

To find out more about this course please visit our website or contact us on or 020 8607 8302

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richmond-upon-Thames College directly.

Last updated date: 19 October 2017
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