Childcare and Education - Early Years Education (CACHE Level 3 Technical Diploma)

Childcare and Education - Early Years Education (CACHE Level 3 Technical Diploma)

Subject Area: Childcare


Course Information

  • Start Date: Sep, 2020
  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course Code: 144226
  • Entry Requirements

    • 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above including English and/or maths OR Level 2 in a related subject including English and/or maths at grade 4 (C) or above (or equivalent)
    • Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) must be in place at enrolment & students must register with the DBS Update Service.
    • Evidence of 10 days of recorded work experience in a relevant Childcare placement.

    Course Overview

    This course is based at our Ipswich campus.

    With a regionally-leading reputation for helping students gain employment, the Level 3 Childcare course is designed with theory and application of skills in placement in mind. Students attend work experience two days a week in a placement organised by the college, and attend college 3 days for classes. Students complete modules including: supporting emergent maths and literacy, international perspectives, preparing for school readiness, as well as building a professional practice portfolio. Methods of assessment include: two externally-assessed pieces of work, one linked to Year 1 modules and the second to Year 2 modules, other methods include; direct observations of practice, reflection on own practice, and written assignments. In addition to your main qualification, our course includes a number of other highly sought-after qualifications to add to your CV, such as Pediatric First Aid and the Level 3 SENCO.

    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

    Students complete 7 modules in Year 1 and gain valuable skills in at least two different childcare settings. In year 2, students complete the remaining 8 modules and a further two placements in Year 2, to enable students to gain a range of experience of working with children from birth to 7 years. The achievement of this qualification supports students keen to progress onto University or in becoming Primary School Teachers. In addition, many of our students secure employment from one of the placements they have attended during the course. Students also have the opportunity to achieve the Pediatric First Aid and Level 3 SENCO qualifications.

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

    Next Steps

    Upon completion of this qualification, students will be able to enter the workforce as Early Years Educators or access Higher Education at University. There are a range of interesting and varied employment opportunities for students, including work as an Early Years Educator, supervising staff and children in nurseries, private daycare, pre-schools, or as a nanny. This course enables students to gain UCAS points to progress to Higher Education and is equivalent to three ‘A’ levels.

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    Tuition Costs

    No tuition fees are payable for students aged 16 – 18 on 31 August 2020.

    For all students aged 19+ fees will be £4670.

    For details regarding fee remission and Advanced Learner Loans, please visit the following links: Fee Remission, Advanced Learner Loans.

    Additional Costs

    (Subject to change)

    £25 for the textbook

    £14 for a polo shirt for placement

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

    £50 for educational trips, with an optional residential trip abroad, costing approx. £300.


    “Sixth form didn’t really suit me; I thought that Suffolk New College would prepare me for the future better and I was right. I really liked the course, going to placements while learning really helped me gain knowledge of the childcare industry. My tutors were great, they were helpful and always willing to talk to me and give me advice when I needed it. I would recommend Suffolk New College to anyone, it’s enjoyable and a great experience. I’ve just started at University Of Suffolk studying Early Childhood Studies, the College really helped me to develop my learning and now I feel I can go on and improve my skills at university.”