NCFE CACHE Level 3 Applied General Award for Early Years, Childcare and Education
- Health, Public Services and Care, Early Years Educator
- Performance Points, UCAS
- Level 3
- Minimum entry age
The Department for Education (DfE) has confirmed that this qualification (subject to any future reviews by the DfE) has been approved for inclusion within the 2020, 2021 and 2022 Key Stage 5 performance tables.
About this qualification:
The Level 3 Applied General Award for Early Years, Childcare and Education enables learners to develop knowledge and understanding of child development, education and care, which will allow them to progress to study in further education, higher education or join the workplace as an apprentice. This qualification is the equivalent, in size and rigour, to that of an AS Level.
In this qualification learners will develop an understanding of:
• diverse childcare settings and the role of the childcare professional
• roles, responsibilities, skills and attributes for working in childcare settings
• types and functions of childcare services
• significant milestones and relevant theories related to human development.
In this qualification learners will develop practical skills and techniques in:
• teamwork and partnership building
• professional and personal development
These underpinning, transferrable skills will benefit learners if they choose to progress to higher education.
Who is it suitable for?
This qualification is for learners aged 16 or over with an interest in childcare and early years, who wish to progress to higher education.
Learners must be at least 16 years old. We do not set any other entry requirements but Centres may have their own guidelines.
Learners will need to complete two mandatory units and one external assessment in the form of a scenario based short answer examination.
All units for this qualification will be internally assessed using a variety of methods. In addition, learners will be required to achieve a minimum of a pass grade for a synoptic short answer examination, which will be externally set and externally assessed.
Upon achievement of this qualification learners will be able to progress onto the Level 3 Applied General Certificate for Early Years, Childcare and Education.
This qualification will prepare learners and assist them to progress to higher education and apprenticeship courses such as an Advanced Apprenticeship for the Children and Young People’s Workforce or Early Years Educator, which leads to vocationally related employment in early years and childcare with a licence to practice.
The Level 3 Applied General Award for Early Years, Childcare and Education enables learners to prepare for employment in job roles such as:
• assistant in children's centres
• practitioner in day nurseries
• practitioner in nursery schools
• practitioner in reception classes in primary schools
• pre-school worker.