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Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) CACHE Technical Level 3 Diploma at The Thomas Hardye School

Course description

This is an exciting vocational full time qualification which enables students to enter the work place or progress to university after two years. The CACHE Technical Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education prepares students to become early years educators, enabling them to work with children, and with the possibility of progressing to higher education in areas such as: nursing and primary teaching. This course provides an opportunity to achieve up to 168 UCAS points at A*. Students will spend three days in school and two days in an early years placement each week throughout the two years.

Course content


This Level 3 course consists of seven academic assignments in the first year. These cover a range of topics including child development from conception to 7 years, safeguarding and the early years curriculum framework. In addition there is one externally assessed assignment. Students will experience placements which will include a variety of education and care settings with age ranges 0 - 7 years. All students will undertake a first aid qualification as well as a fire safety awareness course.


The second year consists of seven further academic assignments and completion of a vocational portfolio, as well as an externally assessed assignment. Topics covered will include professional development, international perspectives and school readiness.


Two units will be externally marked by CACHE and the remaining units will be internally assessed using a variety of methods. This could include direct observation within the work placement, a portfolio of evidence or written assignments.

Future opportunities

This diploma may lead to higher education giving the opportunity to achieve up to 168 UCAS points at A*. It is a course which offers vocational competency and as such, students can go directly into employment in an early years setting. This may include working as an early years educator in preschools, nurseries or foundation units

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Thomas Hardye School directly.

Last updated date: 21 November 2017
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