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Childcare and Education EYE Certificate level 3 at Leicester College

Course description

This level 3 course code is for students aged 16-18. For applications for students aged 19 and over, please use course code C0483 which is the same qualification, but for adults only. The CACHE level 3 Certificate in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) enables you to gain the knowledge and experience which will allow you to work with children from birth to 5 years. Upon achievement of this course you will be able to access the next element, the diploma year, which can lead to higher education or allow you to enter the workforce as an early years educator. UCAS has confirmed the maximum allocation of 420 points at A* to the level 3 diploma in childcare and education (EYE). As a level 3 course, the units are all studied to A-level standard. There are seven units marked internally, a work place portfolio of competence and an externally marked assessment. All will be graded at the same standard as if you were studying A-Levels. This is an intensive course that requires you to pass all three elements of assessment; college assignments your work based competency portfolio containing observations from our assessors on your practical skills and the externally assessed work completed under supervised conditions. Students work three full days in college and two full days in placement. If you are aged 16-18, you will be enrolled on a study programme, which will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven't already achieved a grade 4 or above. You will also be required to complete a work experience placement and an employability programme.

Course content

The course comprises of 15 units that cover: child development; child health; play and learning; how to observe children; international perspectives on childcare and early years; preparing for school readiness; and how to help children develop emerging literacy and numeracy skills. There are two competency-based professional practice elements carried out in different age ranges in settings. You are required to gain 400+ hours in placement across the first year of study. It is important that you work with the placement coordinator to ensure you are working towards the correct placement. Year one will also include an externally-assessed submission which is completed under controlled conditions. After the certificate you can apply for CACHE level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) - course code C5711. You will continue with subjects across a range of areas including: research skills; curricula in early years; and building your professional portfolio in the work placement. A further 400+ hours of work placement will follow in year two, again undertaken in a variety of settings. All assessment in the diploma year however is completed by assignment or in the workplace. There are no formal supervised assessments in the diploma.

Entry requirements

Standard entry to this course requires one reference. It is desirable that you can demonstrate 90% attendance. 5 GCSEs are required at grade 4 or above with GCSE English and maths at grade 4 (C) or above being part of those five. The English and Maths requirements are mandatory and applicants with grade 3 in either or both will be made alternative offers. Consideration will be given to all applicants over the age of 19 who do not hold formal English and maths qualifications. You should apply to course C0483.


Assessment is split between assignments: work placement competency assessments and the externally-assessed assignment that is completed under supervised conditions. It is important to note that awarding organisation rules state only two attempts can be made with externally-assessed work and should you fail both attempts, you will have failed the entire course. The units all have assignments. On average you can expect one unit to have three assignments, meaning in the certificate you can expect to have to write 21 assignments on a variety of subjects. Please remember, these are level 3 and so will all be graded the same as an A level piece of work. In the workplace you will be expected to perform specific tasks on a regular basis. You will then be observed by our assessors to determine if you are competent/not yet competent. If you are not yet competent, an action plan will be drawn up between the student and assessor with a new date set for a further observed assessment. The final aspect is the supervised controlled assessment. This is when CACHE will set an assignment-style question. You will have one week to write your assignment, only in college under supervised conditions. These are similar to an exam except you are permitted access to the web, text books and your notes. Full details on this will be provided at induction or if you are concerned about it, please contact the programme lead.

Financial information

Material fee £150.00. The materials fee of £150.00 is payable by all learners regardless of financial position. Tuition fees are applicable for anyone aged 19+ and the fees are £950. Any learner over the age of nineteen will need to pay £44.00 for the Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) check, which is a requirement in order to complete the mandatory work placement element of this course.

Future opportunities

Most students opt to progress into the CACHE level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator). With the certificate you can progress into paid employment in the sector in roles such as: assistant nursery nurse; nanny or children's representative for holiday firms. This qualification, following completion of the diploma the year after, also provides a maximum of 420 UCAS points enabling you to progress to university for degrees in subjects such as: early years; primary education (QTS); social work; paediatric nursing and general nursing. Please be aware: some universities will require science GCSE grade 4/C for some degrees while all universities will require science GCSE grade 4/C for QTS degrees.

Further information

Apply online via UCAS Progress or the College website. You will need details of your qualifications, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a Welcome Event at the College to meet your tutors, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you. For more information contact our Customer Service Centre on 0116 2242240 or visit

How to apply

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Last updated date: 28 September 2018
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