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Level 3 in Childcare and Education at Cambridge Regional College

Course description

The NCFE CACHE Level 3 Technical Certificate/Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) prepares learners to become Early Years Educators, enabling them to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged up to 7 years.  Upon achievement of this qualification learners will be able to enter the workforce with the professional title of Early Years Educator or access Higher Education with  72-168 UCAS points .

Units of study include:

• Child Development from conception to 7 years
• Children's health and well-being
• Safe environments for children
• Play and learning for school readiness
• Understanding children's additional needs
• Observation assessment and planning
• Legislation, frameworks and professional practice

This programme includes experience within a real work environment which is an integral part of the course and takes place in an Early Years setting for a minimum of 2 days per week.

Entry requirements

You will need 4 GCESs at grade 9-4 (A*-C) or above, including English or Maths


Successful completion of a full Level 2 in Early Years , or Health & Social Care and GCSE English or Maths at grade 9-4.

In addition to the entry qualifications listed, the offer of a place on the course is subject to the outcomes of initial assessment, which will be taken at the College as part of the admissions process. Please note that entry criteria may vary quite significantly between courses at the same level. This is to take account of the specific skills needed for success on particular courses, the length of the course and the requirements for progression to the next level. Entry criteria are given as a guide, and the exact requirements in order to obtain a place on a particular course will be confirmed following attendance at a Welcome Event/Interview.


The NCFE CACHE qualification has internally assessed units marked by your tutor and externally assessed controlled assessments marked by the awarding organisation.
Internal units are assessed using a range of methods including: written assignments, tasks such as designing a leaflet, booklet or poster. Evidence of practical skills will be assessed in your work experience placement and you are required to reflect on your performance. This qualification is graded A* - D and you must obtain a minimum D grade to achieve.  

Financial information

We are committed to providing financial support to learners where it is available. We would actively encourage you to enquire about possible financial support as soon as you can. Depending on your situation, you may qualify for a contribution towards College costs such as kit, equipment, residential fees, meals, childcare etc. Enquiries can be made to

Future opportunities

Employment as a professional Early Years Educator, classroom learning support assistant, nanny, child-minder, or playworker, or progress to Higher Education studying subject areas such as Early Year teaching and social work, or a Degree of your choice.  You can also consider joining our Part-Time Foundation Degree in Early Years Playwork and Education.

Further information

If you need any more information about any of our courses, please request a copy of our full-time prospectus or contact our Information & Advice Team on 01223 226315.

Students who currently attend a Cambridge Area Partnership school should apply online via or by using the Cambridge Area Partnership application form (depending on your school). Please ask your careers teacher at school.

Once we have received your application, you will be invited to attend a college Welcome Event, which gives you and your parents/carers the opportunity to have a look around the College, talk to the tutors and ask any questions you may have.

We look forward to seeing you at the College soon!

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: 10 July 2019
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