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NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care at Thomas Rotherham College (TRC)

Course description

The qualification prepares learners to become Early Years Educators, enabling them to work with children from birth to 5 years and gain knowledge of children aged 5-7 years. 

Upon successful completion of the course you will be able to access higher education or enter the workforce as an Early Years Educator as you will gain a licence to practice.

This course is equivalent to 2 x A Levels. 

Course content

The qualification is structured around four themes:

• Theme 1: Health and Well-being
• Theme 2: Legislation, frameworks and professional practice
• Theme 3: Play, development and learning for school readiness
• Theme 4: Professional development


You will be required to undertake significant periods of work placement which will be assessed to develop your competence when caring for and interacting with babies and young children. This will be highlighted upon your yearly timetable showing where block periods of study/placement will occur.


The course also offers several visits that are specific and professionally relevant to the unit of study including:

• A trip to a Forrest School/ Reggio Emilia School to gain experience and an understanding of international perspectives.
• A visit to the Children's Ward at Rotherham Hospital.
• Grimm & Co

Entry requirements

General level 3 entry criteria including either Grade 4 in English Language OR Maths.
You will need to take English OR Maths alongside this qualification to allow progression into both the workforce and/or higher education. If you have both English and Maths you may chose another subject to sit alongside this.


You must successfully complete:

• 27 mandatory units
• Pass longitudinal study
• Pass 3 externally set and marked assessments.

Financial information

Students are advised to purchase the College Childcare Polo Shirt to wear whilst on placements.

This allows you to be identifiable and promotes safeguarding.

(These can be purchased during the Induction period for a cost of approx. £8 each.)
Forrest School/ Reggio Emilia: Approx. £22/£28.

Future opportunities

Further study:  Level 4 Certificate for the Early Years Advanced Practitioner OR Foundation Degree.

Students can progress into various job roles in the voluntary, statutory and private sector including careers in / as:

Early Years Practitioner in Day Nursery
Early Years Practitioner in Nursery School
Early Years Practitioner in Reception Class within Primary Schools
Pre School worker

Further information

Please contact the college for further information. 

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: 27 February 2019
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

Contact details


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    • The College is situated on Moorgate in Rotherham, about a 15 minute walk from the centre of Rotherham.  Buses leave the central Rotherham Interchange every 10 minutes and the journey takes approx. 5 minutes. 

      We also run dedicated bus services to ease your journey to and from College.  See for details and route information. 

      The College also has on-site permit parking for students, with priority given to students with the greatest distance to travel.