Childcare and Education EYE Certificate level 3

Course Overview

The CACHE level 3 diploma in childcare and education (early years educator) enables learners to gain the knowledge and experience which will allow them to work with children from birth to 5 years. Upon achievement of this course you will be able to access higher education or enter the workforce as early years educators. UCAS has confirmed the maximum allocation of 420 points at A* to the level 3 diploma in childcare and education (EYE).
If you are aged 16-18 you will be enrolled on a student programme (for learners progressing internally from level 2 EYE this will include retaking GCSEs in English and maths if you have not already achieved a grade 4 or above). You will also be required to complete a work placement with a set minimum of hours required to pass the course, you will also undertake an employability programme.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

The course comprises of 15 units that cover: child development; child health; play and learning; how to observe children; international perspectives on childcare and early years and preparing for school readiness and how to help children develop emergent literacy and numeracy skills. There are two competency based professional practice elements carried out in different age ranges in settings. You are required to gain 400+ hours in placement across the first year of study. It is important that you work with the placement coordinator to ensure you are working towards the correct placement. Year one will also include an externally assessed submission which is completed under controlled conditions.

Year 2

In year two, you will continue with subjects across a range of areas including: research skills; curriculum s in early years and also continue to build your professional portfolio in the work placement. A further 400+ hours of placement will follow in year 2, again undertaken in a variety of settings. All assessment in the second year however is completed by assignment or in the workplace. There are no formal exam style assessments in year 2.

Entry Requirements

Standard entry to this course requires one reference. It is desirable that you can demonstrate 90 attendance. A GCSE in both English and maths at grade 4 (C) or above is required.
Consideration will be given to all applicants over the age of 19, who do not hold formal English and maths qualifications.

How you will be assessed

Assessment is split between assignments, work placement competency assessments and the externally assessed assignment that is completed under controlled conditions. It is important to note that awarding organisation rules state only two attempts can be made with externally assessed work and should a learner fail both attempts, they have failed the entire course.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees (16-18): £0
Tuition Fees (19+): £0
Total Fees: £0

Additional Costs

£The materials fee of £150.00 is payable by all learners regardless of financial position.Tuition fees are applicable for anyone aged 19+ and the fees are £950. Any learner over the age of nineteen will need to pay £44.00 for the Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) check, which is a requirement in order to complete the mandatory work placement element of this course.


If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

If you are aged 19 or over there is no government funding available for this course. However you may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan for the course fee.

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Course and Career progression

Learners can progress into paid employment in the sector in roles such as: nursery nurse; nanny; children s representative for holiday firms and a classroom assistant. This qualification also provides the maximum of 420 UCAS points enabling you to progress onto universities for degrees in subjects such as: early years; primary education (QTS); social work; paediatric nursing and general nursing. Please be aware, some universities will require science GCSE grade C for some degrees.

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