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Childcare - Entry Level 3 CACHE Caring for Children at Wakefield College

Course description

Caring for children from young babies to older children can be a very rewarding job. You need to be a kind and understanding person who has lots of patience and can stay calm around other people. This course gives you the chance to learn all about caring for children, including how to keep them safe and healthy and helping them to learn about the world around them.

The course also helps you to learn about your own personal and social development, including how to manage your own behaviour. This is a very important part of the course because children learn how to behave from the people around them, so we must be good role models for them.

After you have successfully completed this course you may be able to go onto a level 1 course in Early Years

Course content

What you will study

CACHE Entry Level 3 Certificate in Caring for Children and CACHE Entry Level 3 award in personal and social development.

Maths and English skills are an important for any job you will do in the future, so you will study both of these subjects as part of your college course.

Skills in Maths and English will also support your learning when you are at college, for example, supporting you with assignment writing, researching information, completing job applications, doing group presentations and managing your own money.

Your Course Structure

Classroom based: 60%
Practical work: 40%


How you will learn

You will be involved in a variety of activities including, visiting speakers, tutor presentations, and practical activities.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

GCSE grades 2-1 or E–G or below in English and Maths 


You will be assessed to make sure you understand what you have been taught. This is done through completing workbooks, writing essays, producing leaflets, answering questions or doing presentations.

Financial information

Course Costs (subject to change)

Tuition and certification are free if you are aged 16-18. Related additional costs may include materials, equipment, visits, and residentials, which are payable by all students.

Any student registered with an Awarding Body who has been given free entry and subsequently withdraws or is withdrawn by a tutor will incur the certification fee associated with the course. Any re-sit examination will incur a cost.

Different fees apply to international/overseas students and those studying this qualification as a standalone course.

For more detailed information on financial support please contact the Financial Support Team on 01924 789304.

Future opportunities

You could progress onto Level 1 Diploma in Introduction to Health, Social Care and Children's and Young People's Settings (QCF). 

Further information

If you require further information please contact: The Course Information Team on 01924 789111

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 25 April 2019
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    • Castleford Campus (Postcode WF10 4UA)

      The Castleford Campus (previously known as the skillsXchange) houses the College’s provision in Construction, Motor Vehicle, Engineering, Hair and Beauty, IT and some Care and replaces the training which was previously offered at the College’s Whitwood Campus.

      Located at Junction 32 of the M62 between Castleford and Pontefract, the site is well known for Xscape, the indoor ski slope whose building houses a 14-screen cinema, bowling alley, climbing wall, sports facilities and restaurants. The Campus is situated directly next to the Asda in Glasshoughton.

      A learning resource centre, equipped with the very latest in technology, is a superb place for individual study, or to relax and use the internet. The Centre overlooks the large external courtyard, where students can mix, mingle and chill.

      In state-of-the-art hair and beauty salons, including a nail bar, we are training the next generation of hairdressers and beauticians. These professional salons offer live training environments to our students, with treatments for both men and women available at affordable prices. There are also industry standard facilities for the study of construction and engineering, motor vehicle and electrical courses.