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NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for Children's Care, Learning and Development (Northern Ireland)

Ref:
603/6039/2
Sector:
Health, Public Services and Care, Children and Young People
Registration and Certification Fee
£126.00

Level
Level 3
Minimum entry age
16
GLH
467
TQT
700
Credit Value
70

About this qualification

This qualification is designed to help learners build the knowledge and skills needed when working with children. It covers a diverse range of job roles and occupational areas working in children’s settings including early years. Learners qualified at Level 3 may work as room supervisors/team leaders or deputise for the leader working under the supervision of the manager.

The qualification confers occupational competence for child care, learning and development in Northern Ireland.

Who is it suitable for?

It is suitable for those who wish to work, or are working at an unsupervised level in children’s care, learning and development in Northern Ireland.

What are the entry requirements?

There are no specific prior skills/knowledge a learner must have for this qualification. However, learners may find it helpful if they’ve already achieved a Level 2 qualification.

How is this qualification structured?

To achieve this qualification learners are required to successfully complete 56 credits from 8 mandatory units and 14 credits from 14 optional units.

How is it assessed?

Internally assessed and externally quality assured portfolio of evidence.

How many credits are required to complete it?

70 credits are required to complete this qualification.

Do you need to be working to take this qualification?

All learners MUST have access to either employment or work experience in a real work setting to support them to develop and practice their skills, and apply their knowledge at an appropriate level. This ensures that learners are able to demonstrate consistent competence at Level 3 to meet the requirements of the Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Care Learning and Development (Northern Ireland).

Learners must have access to between 600-700 hours in a work setting that will facilitate development of their skills and knowledge at Level 3.

What related qualifications can you progress to?

Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to:

•Level 3 Extended Diploma for Children’s Care. Learning and Development (Northern Ireland)
•Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Children’s Care, Learning and Development (Management) (Northern Ireland)
•Foundation Degrees in a related subject.

Career opportunities

The qualification confers occupational competence for child care, learning and development in Northern Ireland. Learners could progress to the following job roles:

•day care room supervisor
•child care assistant
•child minder
•nursery practitioner
•pre-school worker
•out of school childcare worker.

Funding for our qualifications

Find out more about funding for this and other qualifications on our funding page.

Qualifications available in Northern Ireland

We offer a range of qualifications in Northern Ireland, including bespoke, tailored provision that we developed in collaboration with the Northern Ireland Social Care Council. For more information please visit our dedicated Northern Ireland provision webpage here.


Qualification Specification (PDF)
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This document contains everything you need to know about this qualification in PDF format and should be used by everyone involved in its planning, delivery and assessment.

Qualification Factsheet
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This document outlines the key information of this qualification for the centre, learner and employer.

Support Handbook (PDF)
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This document contains supporting information that relates to NCFE and CACHE qualifications to assist in planning, delivery and assessment, and must be used alongside the Qualification Specification.

Work practice and placement guide for CCLD
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Qualification Specification (Word)
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This document contains everything you need to know about this qualification in MS Word format and should be used by everyone involved in its planning, delivery and assessment.

Support Handbook (Word)
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This document contains supporting information that relates to NCFE and CACHE qualifications to assist in planning, delivery and assessment, and must be used alongside the Qualification Specification.

Summary of Assessment Criteria
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All adaptations must be applied in line with the QW & CCEA Joint AO Adaptation Guidance, which will be published below once available. 

Internal assessments will go ahead in 2021/22, therefore moving away from results being based on Teacher Assessed Grades (TAGs). Students need to prepare a portfolio of evidence. We encourage centres to review our guidance on the types of evidence, and evidence capture, that we permit including e.g. the use of video, photos and other digital means of demonstrating knowledge and skills.

Students are still required to complete the work placement, but the focus should be on learning outcomes and evidencing competence. The number of required placement hours has been reduced in some health and social care and child care qualifications in Wales and Northern Ireland.

The adaptation addendum document contains further information of how learning outcome / evidence of competence needs to be met either within the workplace or via alternative assessment methods.

2021-22 AT 60360410 V1.0
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QW CCEA Joint AO mitigations 21-22
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