Childcare and Education
Faculty of Healthcare, Childcare and Public Services
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Healthcare, Childcare and Public Services Level 3 - CACHE Level 3 Certificate/Diploma Hele Road site 1-2 years

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

You will be taught through a variety of techniques including lectures, discussions, group work and practical activities. You will gain the skills to communicate with your peers, staff and children, to develop a range of academic skills and produce coursework to a high standard. This course is the equivalent of three A Levels. 

The majority of the course is assessed through assignments and the professional practice units are assessed through work experience and production of a Professional Practice Portfolio (PPP). There are 715 hours of assessed work experience which is a mandatory part of the programme. You will attend a range of organised work placements, working with a range of age groups including 2-3 years, 3-5 years and some experience of workingwith babies and key stage 1. There is also an externally assessed assignment for one unit.

What topics will I study?

The course is divided into core and specialist units covering childcare related topics such as:

  • Child development from conception to seven years
  • Play and Learning
  • Providing safe environments for children 
  • Observation, assessment and planning

What experiences will I get?

You will do 365 hours of assessed work experience in two different age groups in Early Years settings. Placements are organised on your behalf by the college. We encourage students to complete a two week child-associated work placement prior to commencing the course in September, more details given at interview.

Students also attend a variety of trips and excursions such as visiting children’s theatre productions, dragon boat racing and outdoor learning environments. These experiences are to enhance understanding of implementing activities and team building.

What are the entry requirements?

Standard entry requirements: You will need five GCSEs at grade 4 or above (including English Language and Maths), plus two additional GCSEs at grade 3 or above.
Subject specific entry requirements or recommendations: Science at grade 4 or above. You also need a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check as part of the application process. We recommend you complete a two week work placement before starting your studies.

What can I study alongside this course?

This full time course is studied on its own and cannot be combined with other courses.

What facilities are there?

You will have access to learning resource centres and cafes. There are also specialist classrooms including craft and cookery. 

What can the course lead on to?

This course has been developed to provide preparation towards employment in early years related careers. It is equivalent, in size, to three AS levels.
Successful completion of the course allows progression to year 2 and completion of the CACHE Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator - EYE) or to consider working towards a childcare career or alternative college course.

Are there any additional costs?

You will need to purchase your own equipment and it is optional to purchase a course book. A fee of approximately £355 (£195 in year 1 and £160 in year 2) is charged which covers a DBS check, work placement uniform, trips and professional development sessions over the duration of the course. 

This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are resident in the UK and the European Economic Area for the last 3 years. (You must be under 19 on 31st August in the calendar year that you start your course). For any fee-related queries or further information, please contact the Advice and Recruitment Team on 01392 400444.

College Prospectus

Previous students have studied Early Childhood Studies at Plymouth University, Primary Education at the University of Gloucestershire, Foundation Degree in Early Years at Exeter College, as well as other courses.

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