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CACHE Level 3 Award, Certificate and Diploma in Childcare & Education (Early Years Educator)

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NCFE CACHE- Council for Award Children’s Care and Education

Entry Requirements:

Prospective students will require A–C grades at GCSE in Maths and English with good communication skills. However, an interest in Childcare is essential.

Course Content:

This qualification prepares students to work in a supervised capacity, with children and their families in a variety of settings and environments within the sector of Children’s services. The qualification is split into three stages;


Students must achieve Units 1 and 2 to complete the Award


Students must achieve Units 1-8 to complete the Certificate. 

Students have to complete approx 365 practical hours at a nursery placement.


Students must achieve Units 9-15. 

Students also have to complete approx 540 practical hours at a nursery placement.

How to enrol:

For this course there are two ways to enrol with Virgo Fidelis Convent Senior School:

  • Telephone us on 0208 670 6917 and speak to our course advice team
  • Ask us to send you an enrolment form which you can complete and return by post

147 Central Hill

Upper Norwood

London SE19 1RS

or email:

The course will be holistically delivered and assessment will be structured around the following units

Award:  Units 1-2     

Certificate:  Units 1-8

Diploma: Units 9-15  

Duration: 2 years

Assessment methods:

Units are externally set and internally marked by a tutor graded D-A*.  

The externally marked assessments are; 

  • Effective Practice Study for units 1-7 and 
  • Extended Assessment for units 9-14. 

Students will be graded D to A*.


On successful completion of the Diploma students will be able to apply for entry into Higher Education. 

The Diploma also gives a license to practice for employment purposes.

Learners’ will be able to enter the workforce as 

  • Early Years Educators and Management in a Nursery setting. 

Other related employment opportunities include, 

  • Children’s nursing
  • General Nursing
  • Midwifery and Teaching.