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Childcare - T Level - Level 3

The CACHE Level 3 Technical Qualification in Education and Childcare 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 to 7 years.

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  • Course Description

    This is a two-year course that requires 750 placement hours and upon achievement of this qualification learners will be able to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators or access Higher Education.

    It will provide learners with the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to progress into skilled employment or higher level technical training or study in the education and childcare sector.

    Industry placement

    A big part of your study will be to complete relevant industry-based work placement. Throughout the course, you'll be required to complete a minimum of 45 days (315 hours) work placement. You'll also get the opportunity to show us what you've learned and demonstrate your abilities during numerous observations through the course. Work placement is a great opportunity to get your feet wet in your chosen specialism and help confirm that this is the career you want to do!

  • Entry Requirements
    • 5 GCSEs grade 4 or above including maths, English and a positive DBS

    • Students who are interested in progression into teaching should also have a GCSE grade 4 in science Or
    • Level 2 Childcare course at Merit or Distinction and Maths and English GCSE grade 4 or above


    • An interview to identify suitability of the course
  • Course Length

    How long is this course?

    3 days in college and 2 days work placement

    When does this course start?


    How many hours / days per week is this course?

    Full-time courses at the college are generally 3-4 days per week (you may be in an extra day if you are resitting English and/or Maths). All students are expected to complete study hours in the Learning Resource Centre and at least 30 hours work experience on top of their college hours.

  • Course Fees
    Age Cost
    16-18 Free*

    * Certain courses may have additional costs to cover trips or DBS checks, and for some courses you will be expected to purchase additional items such as uniform or equipment.

    Fee information

    Though this course is free for those aged 16-18, there may be additional fees related to the programme, such as additional equipment or uniform, trips, DBS checks and work placement costs. Further information will be sent to all applicants before enrolment.

    Find all the information you need about course fees and financial help below.

    Information on Fees and Financial Help

    Please note the information on this page was correct at the time of publication but is subject to change due to factors beyond our control.
  • Additional Information

    What qualification will I achieve?

    Core Knowledge and understanding in Childcare: will investigate the range of job roles and organisations in the sector. The core content focuses on students knowledge and understanding of contexts, concepts, theories and principles for child development and care.

    Occupational specialist knowledge and skills: Students will develop understanding of childcare and child development from birth-7years. Students will learn how to identify and check development patterns and how to plan and provide educational play to encourage progress and learning.

    Project management skills: research and problem solving, working with others, communication, evaluation. Students will demonstrate they can communicate information clearly to engaged children, work with others to plan and provide stimulating activities and use formative and summative assessment to track childrens developmental progress.

    Develop Practical skills through Industry placement 750 hours across two years in the different age ranges.

    English, maths and digital skills relevant to the health sector

    How is my course assessed?

    Core Skills will be assessed through externally assessed tests and an employer set-project. Technical skills will be assessed through work-placement observations and Synoptic assessment of performance.

Starting 06/09/2021

King's Lynn


Duration 3 days in college and 2 days work placement

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