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Childcare and Education (Eye) Cache Level 3 Diploma at Newbury College

Course description

The Cache level 3 Award, Certificate and Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) qualification will equip the learner with a relevant and full qualification to work with children from birth to five years of age. English and Maths GCSEs at C grade or above as well as the full diploma leads to a licence to practise and the status of being an Early Years Educator. There are UCAS points attached to the final grade, enabling learners to apply to university for various courses, including primary school teaching. There will be a first aid course, so learners will have an up-to-date certificate at the end of the course.



This is a two year course, consisting of three days in college, and two days in placement weekly. There are 15 mandatory units, including 2 professional portfolios completed in placement. Learners must also complete an Effective Practice Study task and one Extended Assessment Task which are externally set and externally marked.

Learners will be working with children from birth to seven years in various placements over the two years. These placements are organised for the learners.

Units include child development, health, play and learning, literacy, observations, planning and understanding additional needs. These are just some of the topics covered. Some of the units are team taught by qualified tutors who are also vocationally qualified. Speakers and visits complement the topics taught, and theory learnt in the classroom is linked to the learners professional practice in placements. Within the timetable there is a lesson for independent learning to encourage learners to self manage their work.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GSCEs, including English and Maths, at C grade or above is a must. If primary school teaching is being considered , science at C or above is required. Work experience in a childcare setting is also an entry requirement, proof will be needed, for example a reference. GCSE English and maths at grade C or above are a requirement alongside the Early Years qualification to count in the staff-to-child ratios at Level 3. Mature students are encouraged to apply, and qualifications required will be discussed at interview.


13 units are assessed by assignments, which can be assessed using various methods including essays, case studies, posters and mind maps. The other two units are assessed in your placements by qualified assessors. There are no exams, but there are 2 externally marked assignments.

Future opportunities

This two year course can lead learners to access higher education as it has UCAS points attached. Also, working as a practitioner in early years settings, nanny,practitioner in reception classes in primary schools, and many more.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 May 2016

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