About Us

NCFE is a national Awarding Organisation, passionate about designing, developing and certificating diverse, nationally recognised qualifications and awards.

These qualifications contribute to the success of millions of learners at all levels, bringing them closer to fulfilling their personal goals. Last year alone, over 340,000 learners from over 2,000 colleges, schools and training organisations chose NCFE as the Awarding Organisation to help them move their careers forward.

Dynamic and responsive

NCFE is a registered educational charity and has a strong heritage in learning, going back over 150 years. With a buzz that sets it apart, NCFE is proud to be recognised for its exceptional customer service and friendly approach. We're a values based company and our values are at the heart of everything we do.

We have extensive product catalogue includes a wide range of general and vocationally related qualifications in a variety of subject areas, as well as Competence Based qualifications/NVQs, and Functional Skills qualifications.

We are recognised as an Awarding Organisation by the qualification regulators ('regulators') for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The regulators are the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Welsh Government in Wales and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA Regulation) in Northern Ireland.

CACHE

At CACHE, we are continually investing in high quality qualifications for the care and education industry, making CACHE the UK’s leading sector specialist. Developed by experts, our qualifications help millions of learners raise professional standards across the sector. As a result, we’ve gained a deserved reputation for excellence and leadership.

CACHE was established in 1945 by the Ministry of Health under the name of the National Nursery Examination Board (NNEB).  The board set the syllabus for the first national examination which took place in 1947. In 1994 the NNEB merged with the Council for Early Years Awards to form CACHE.

In 2001 we incorporated the National Association for Maternal and Child Welfare and in 2015 we became part of NCFE.

Over the years we have continually invested in high quality qualifications. Written and developed by experts, they have helped millions of learners across the world to raise professional standards, earning us a reputation for excellence and leadership across the sector.  Our continued dedication to those who care for children, young people and adults means that our qualifications will continue to meet the needs of a modern workforce.