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

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 & 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.

Programme 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. 

Programme 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.