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NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare (England)

Health, Public Services and Care, Children and Young People
Licence to Practice
Registration and Certification Fee

Level 3
Minimum entry age
Credit Value

What does the qualification cover?

This qualification is part of the new children’s homes regulations which came into force in April 2015.

It has replaced the Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce (Social Care Pathway) as the required qualification for those working in children’s homes. All new starts must be registered on the new Residential Childcare qualification from April 2015.

This qualification will develop the knowledge and skills needed when working with children and young people in a residential childcare setting, including an understanding of child and young person development.

The qualification enables the learner to gain essential skills and knowledge to support children and young people in residential childcare settings, including: wellbeing and resilience, positive relationships and attachments, health and safety, sexual exploitation, communication, positive behaviour and positive outcomes.

It also offers the learner the opportunity to cover optional topics which are particularly suited to specific residential childcare and respite care settings.

What are the entry requirements?

You should be at least 18 years old. We do not set any other entry requirements but colleges or training providers may have their own guidelines.

Do you need to be working to take the qualification?

Learners will need to be working, volunteering or on practical placement in a residential childcare setting, as they need to show competence in both knowledge and skills.

How many credits are required to complete it?

Learners must achieve 61 credits. 53 credits must be achieved from Mandatory Group A. Learners must also complete a minimum of 3 Optional Units from Optional Group B, to achieve a minimum of 8 credits.

How is it assessed?

All units will be internally assessed using standard methods: coursework, portfolio of evidence, practical demonstration / assignment.

What related qualifications can you progress to?

Learners can progress onto the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Residential Childcare (England), or a Foundation Degree in a related discipline.

Funding for our qualifications

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

Which type of job roles can learners apply for on completion?

Learners can progress to become:

• residential childcare workers
• registered residential childcare managers, deputies and assistant managers (further professional development / qualification may be required once in post)
• managers, deputy and assistant managers in other adult or children and young people’s social care settings (further professional development/qualification may be required once in post).

Qualification Specification
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This qualification specification contains everything you need to know about this qualification and should be used by everyone involved in the planning, delivery and assessment.

Students will still 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.

Students are still required to complete the work placement, but the focus should be on learning outcomes and evidencing competence. We have removed the requirement for students to complete a minimum number of placement hours; although hours should still be recorded.

It has not been possible to reduce the required Rule of Combination (or to remove any further learning outcomes/assessment criteria) as any changes in this area would largely impact on the integrity and purpose of the qualification.

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.

Adaptations should also be applied in line with the ‘HSC, Early Years and Childcare - Joint AO Adaptation Guidance 2021’ document.

For further information please see the adaptation addendum document below.

HSC, EY and CC - Joint AO Adaptation Guidance 2021_22 V1.0 Sept 2021
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2021-22 AT 60148524 V3.0.pdf
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