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NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Childcare and Education

Ref:
601/3998/5
Sector:
Health, Public Services and Care, Early Years Educator
Features:
Nested Qualification

Level
Level 3
Minimum entry age
16
GLH
180
TQT
227

What does the qualification cover?

The Level 3 Award in Childcare and Education prepares learners to progress to the Level 3 Certificate in Childcare and Education and then on to the Technical Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator).

What is a nested qualification?

This qualification is nested. Qualifications within a nested suite allow learners to be topped up to a qualification that is the same level and subject within the Award, Certificate, Diploma structure. This can be done by self-service through the Portal. Qualification nests and top-up pricing can be found in our fees list.

UCAS Information

UCAS points have been allocated to this qualification. For a full breakdown of points, please see the UCAS performance points table.

Who is it suitable for?

This qualification is suitable for a range of learners either working or wishing to work in early years education and care.

What are our entry requirements for commencing the qualification?

You should be at least 16 years old. We do not set any other entry requirements but colleges or training providers may have their own guidelines.

Early Years Educator: Changes to GCSE Requirements

From 3 April 2017, the requirement for Level 3 Early Years Educators (EYE) to hold GCSE English and maths A*-C, will be broadened to Level 2 qualifications, including Functional Skills. This will also apply to an apprenticeship route. This will enable staff with an EYE qualification and Level 2 English and mathematics qualifications to count in the Level 3 staff:child ratios in childcare settings. This includes those who already hold an EYE qualification, began studying an EYE from September 2014 or will achieve an EYE in the future. Please refer to the Early Years Workforce Strategy (March 2017) for further details.

Education Funding Agency-funded learners

Learners aged 16-19 (and learners aged 19-24 with learning difficulties and/or disabilities) funded by the Education Funding Agency will not require GCSE English and maths grade A* – C prior to commencing their Early Years Educator qualification. However, the Department for Education expect learners without English and/or maths GCSE at grade C to be offered and encouraged to take up GCSEs as part of their Study Programme. From 2016/17 learners will need to have completed or be studying GCSE English and maths to have their study programme funded.

Rule of combination

In order to achieve the Level 3 Award in Childcare and Education learners must complete 2 mandatory units, including all the criteria learners must know about which is contained within the delivery guidance.
Each unit throughout the qualification will be graded A*-D with the qualification overall grading being A* - D.


Qualification Specification
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Key Facts
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UCAS Performance Points Table 2018
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Qualification Specification (doc)
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Tutor Guidance
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Tutor Guidance (doc)
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Placement Handbook Guide for Learners and Apprentices
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Placement Handbook Guide for Mentors (doc)
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Placement Handbook Guide for Mentors
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Placement Handbook Guide for Learners and Apprentices (doc)
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Learner Induction Pack
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Continuing Professional Development Knowledge Workbook
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This workbook supports centre staff with continuing professional development in line with the Early Years Educator Assessment Principles.

Continuing Professional Development Knowledge Workbook (Word)
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Continuing Professional Development Reflective Workbook
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Learner Handbook
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