Level 3 CACHE Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (part-time)

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Level 3 CACHE Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (part-time)

Who is this course for?

It is ideal for anyone who has been working in the childcare field with children aged 0-5 years for some time.  Candidates would ideally work in a supervisory capacity. This qualification is part of the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).


What are the entry requirements for the course?

No formal qualifications are required but candidates must be working in the sector, in a paid capacity, with children 0-5 years for a minimum of two days a week and preferably working at or towards a supervisory position. A good level of literacy is needed. A successful interview and a satisfactory DBS/Police check (enhanced check) is essential.


How long is this course?

A 16-week part-time course spanning over an academic year approximately every other Friday.
This will commence on Friday 21st September 2018.
Alternate Fridays from 9.30am to 4.00pm.
2 years is given for assessment in the workplace and completion of the award.
(This course will only run if there are sufficient numbers)


What will I study on this course?

Candidates must complete 61 credits to gain the Diploma; these credits are made up from mandatory units and a longitudinal study. The course follows four themes: health and wellbeing, legislation, frameworks and professional practice, play, development and learning for school readiness and professional development. The units cover a range of topics including healthy lifestyles, equality and diversity, promoting play, carrying out observations etc.


What Qualification will I gain?

Work based assessment and a complete portfolio will gain you a Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce.


How is the course assessed?

Assessment of competence in the workplace is necessary together with some assignment based reflection, making up a portfolio of knowledge. You will be assessed in three age ranges: 1 – 1 year 11 months; 2 – 2 years 11 months and 3 – 5 years.



What does this course lead on to?

Possible CACHE Assessor Training after experience or possible ‘Foundation Degree in Childhood Studies’.


How much will it cost?

£1,246 – This includes the course at Highlands plus registration with CACHE, the awarding body, and assessment and verification costs.


How can I find out more?

For more information, please contact childcare@highlands.ac.uk