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CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma for Children’s Care, Learning and Development

Awarding Body:



Further Education

Programme Length:

2 Years

Bilingual Delivery:

This course can be studied in English only at present

Programme Description

The qualification will help you build the knowledge and skills that are required when working under supervision with children and young people from birth – 19 years of age. It will enable you to gain an understanding of the diverse range of job roles and occupational areas available when pursuing a career in the Childcare sector and in Early Years settings.

Programme Features

You will be required to undertake a minimum work placement of 700 hours (over 2 years) working in real work environments. The College Assessor will carry out work place observations to ensure you meet the specific workplace criteria and you will also need to keep a log of your work experience. You can opt for the Diploma or Extended Diploma qualification and your course tutor is on hand to help you make the best decision for you. 

 The college also offers opportunities for learners to experience childcare settings abroad under the Erasmus programme as well as attending sector related visits in the UK.

Progression and Employment

Learners can progress to Foundation Degrees, Employment or Apprenticeships.

The following job roles are areas which previous students have progressed to;

• care worker

• child minder

• nursery practitioner

• pre-school worker

• out of school childcare worker

 • Cylch Meithrin worker

• teaching assistant

• primary school teacher – following progression to HE.

Method of Assessment

Units will be internally assessed using a range of methods which will include direct observation within the workplace, a portfolio of evidence, written assignments or a task.

The learning outcomes for some of the units within this qualification must be assessed in a Real Work Environment.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at C grade or above to include English or Welsh first language and Welsh for Welsh medium course or an equivalent Level 2 Childcare qualification. You will also require a satisfactory DBS check and character reference.

Academic Year Delivery Campus Course Length Course Options
2018 - 2019 Full Time Aberystwyth Campus 2 Years Enquire Apply
2019 - 2020 Full Time Aberystwyth Campus 2 Years Enquire Apply
2018 - 2019 Full Time Cardigan Campus 2 Years Enquire Apply
2019 - 2020 Full Time Cardigan Campus 2 Years Enquire Apply
Campus Address Post Code
Aberystwyth Campus Llanbadarn Fawr,
SY23 3BP
Cardigan Campus Maes y Parc,
SA43 1AB