CACHE Level 3 Award in Childcare and Education

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Study this CACHE Level 3 Award in Childcare and Education and develop your knowledge of the health, wellbeing, and development of children from conception to seven years old.

  • Study from home and start working towards beginning your career in working with children.
  • Achieve up to 28 UCAS points for entry into university.
  • FREE access to the CACHE Alumni for two years when you enrol on your course.
Course overview

This CACHE Level 3 Award in Childcare and Education is ideal for anyone wanting to start their journey towards working in a childcare setting.

During your studies, you’ll develop an in-depth understanding of a child’s biological and psychological development up until the age of seven, and how to set appropriate milestones. You will also study the physical, emotional, and nutritional requirements of young children, as well as their exercise needs.

If you are hoping to start a career in childcare, once you have completed this course you can then progress to further studies, including the NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) to become a qualified early years educator/nursery nurse.


Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course. You must be at least 16 years old to enrol on this course.

Course Duration

Up to one year.

Course Outcome

NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Childcare and Education.

Study Hours

Approximately 227 hours.


Tutor-marked assignments.

Course content

Qualification Number: 601/3998/5

Extra info


This course is assessed by a series of assignments which are submitted to your tutor for marking. No external examination is required, so you can complete all assessed work from home.

In addition to studying your course materials, you will be required to carry out further reading and research to enhance your knowledge of the subject area that you will be studying.

Course Duration

You will receive one year to complete the course, which is a lot more time than you will need. This allows you to work at your own pace, without the pressure of tight deadlines.

Study Method

You will study this course by distance learning, which will enable you to learn when and where you want. You can study from home or at work, it is completely up to you. All your materials will be posted or sent to you online, whichever you choose. You will also receive tutor support by email, so help is only a click away!

Course Outcome

Upon successful completion of this course, you will achieve an NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Childcare and Education.

After completing this course, learners will be able to progress onto the NCFE CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Childcare and Education (VRQ), or the NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) (VRQ).

Awarding Body

CACHE became part of NCFE in 2015.

CACHE (the Council of Awards in Care, Health and Education) are the UK’s leading awarding organisation for the childcare and social care sectors, and are part of the RQF (Regulated Qualifications Framework) which ensures the highest level quality courses and industry-recognised qualifications.

Once you have enrolled on your CACHE course, you will be entitled to access the CACHE Alumni Membership for two years. CACHE Alumni is a Professional Membership Network for those who work in the CACHE industries, providing valuable resources and advice for professional studying towards/with a CACHE qualification.


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