Caring for Children (CACHE Level 1 Diploma)

Caring for Children (CACHE Level 1 Diploma)

Subject Area: Childcare Foundation Learning


Course Information

  • Start Date: Sep, 2021
  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Duration: 1 Year
  • Course Code: 149596
  • Entry Requirements

    2 GCSEs at Grade 1 including maths and/or English, or demonstrate the ability to work towards Level 1 in maths and English in an assessment.

    Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) must be in place at enrolment & students must register with the DBS Update Service.

    Course Overview

    This course is based at our Ipswich campus.

    Students currently spend two-and-a-half days a week in College to support their learning around childcare and enhance their maths and English skills. Students need to spend up to 10 hours completing course work outside of College time in order to achieve their individual learning plan.

    The College Learning Curve is accessible five days a week and students may prefer to use these facilities to support their study.

    In semester two, students are offered the opportunity to undertake 10 days of work experience, arranged by the College. Assessment is carried out through a range of methods, including written tasks, posters, leaflets, presentations, and practical activities, to assess learning.

    The qualification is dependent upon satisfactory completion of all coursework and assignments for the 12 units, which include subjects like: Listening to and Talking with a Young Child, Growth and Development of Young Children, Practical Health and Safety when with children, and Finding out about Forest Schools.

    All students who have not achieved a grade 4 (C) or above in GCSE English or maths will need to study these subjects alongside their chosen qualification.

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    Course Highlights

    This study programme offers you the opportunity to learn about a range of child-related subjects through a range of exciting, practical activities, developed to help you prepare for your next step. Work experience in a childcare setting is offered as part of this course, which helps you gain valuable employability skills. Your experience will be enhanced through the input of guest speakers and trips, aimed to support your understanding of working with children.

    Core Skills Covered: Adaptability | Learning | Interpersonal Skills | Listening | Professionalism | Supervising

    Next Steps

    Last year 87% of our Level 1 students progressed onto courses within the College, due to work experience and employability opportunities provided by the College throughout the year, with 10% of students securing apprenticeships and employment.

    It is important to achieve all aspects of your study programme, including English and maths at level 1 or above, to be able to progress onto the Level 2 Certificate in an Introduction to Early Years Education & Care full time.

    Alternatively, a range of other courses within the College or an intermediate apprenticeship might interest you and your tutor will support you in making these decisions.

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    Tuition Costs

    No tuition fees are payable for students aged 16 – 18 on 31 August 2021.

    For all students aged 19+ please contact Student Support.

    For details regarding fee remission, please visit our Tuition Fees page.

    Additional Costs

    (Subject to change)

    • £21 for the course textbook
    • £44 for enhanced DBS check to be completed prior to enrolment, with a recommendation to pay the £13 fee to register for the update service, which students pay direct to DBS by debit or credit card (subject to change).