Childcare and Education


NCFE CACHE Technical Level 3 Certificate

Exam Board


Entry Requirements

A minimum of a Grade 4 in English and Maths. We may also offer a place on successful completion of Level 2 Certificate, an introduction to Early Years Education and Care. A DBS check will also be required.

Why study this course?

We are able to offer a single option in childcare at Key Stage 5 which is aimed at students who wish to study other subjects whilst gaining both knowledge and practical skills with children from 0-5 years. These perhaps will be students who are unsure of which career path to take but see Primary education as a real possibility.

This course is not a licence to practice however you will need to undertake 350 hours in a work placement in order that you can relate practice to theory and draw on your experience with young children. As you will be studying other subjects it is likely the placement hours will be completed flexibly as your timetable allows.

We will fully support you in finding a placement within the local area and you will be required to successfully gain a DBS check in order to work first hand with children. Our designated visiting officer will support you when in placement in the form of regular visits and observations.

Entry requirements include Maths and English at a minimum grade 4, in addition to any stated by Sixth Form admissions.

What will I study?

NCFE CACHE Level 3 Technical Certificate is run over a period of two years, in order to gain the qualification you will submit seven mandatory units which are externally set and internally marked at grade A*-D.

Unit titles are as follows:

  • Child development from conception to seven years
  • Children’s health and well being
  • Safe environments
  • Child health
  • Play and learning
  • Understanding additional needs
  • Observation and planning

How will I be assessed?

During the second year of the course, you will need to pass an externally set and marked controlled assessment by NCFE.

Where can it lead?

The UCAS points gained will be added towards the entry to a Higher Education Degree programme.


Mrs N Robinson

Course Leader

Miss M Cooke – Faculty Leader

Course Materials

  • CACHE Level 3 Childcare and Education textbook