NCFE CACHE Level 3 Certificate and Diploma in Childcare and Education

Tech Levels (unreformed)
Country
  • England
Purpose

These qualifications are listed on the DfE 16-19 performance tables in the Tech Level category.

These qualifications do not meet the full requirements for reformed Tech Levels which qualifications will have to meet for inclusion in the 2018 performance tables.

Tech Level qualifications are primarily developed for learners aged 16-19 studying on either a full or part-time basis.

Tech Levels are aimed at learners with a keen interest in in a particular industry, occupation, or occupational type.

Along with developing transferable skills required to work in a number of job roles, these qualifications are designed to equip learners with the high level specialist technical knowledge and skills to enable them to work in a specific industry.

They can help provide entry into employment in a particular sector, onto an apprenticeship, or into higher education in a related vocational area.

They have to be recognised by a trade or professional body, or at least five employers.

The Level 3 Certificate in Childcare and Education prepares learners to progress on to the Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator). They provide learners with knowledge of children from birth to seven years.

The NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) enables learners to enter the workforce as early years educators, or access higher education.

Education context

Following the Wolf review of vocational qualifications in 2011, the English Government announced a number of characteristics that Level 3 Tech Level qualifications have to demonstrate to feature in performance tables from 2016 onwards.

As a result, over 90% of the Level 3 qualifications previously recognised in performance tables are now not recognised.

The intention was to make reformed qualifications more rigorous and robust. As a result, they have to meet specific requirements in respect of purpose, size, recognition, content, assessment, and grading.

Between 2016 and 2018, awarding bodies have been permitted to phase in the reforms.

These qualifications do not meet the full requirements for reformed qualifications in respect of content, grading, and assessment.

Early Years Educator (EYE) qualifications were introduced in September 2014.

They meet the National College of Teaching and Leadership’s approved design criteria.

From September 2014, approved EYE qualifications became the only Licence to Practise qualifications for people wishing to work with children from birth to five years.

CACHE-branded qualifications are specialist qualifications in the childcare, health and social care, and education sectors.

In 2015, CACHE became part of NCFE.

Awarding organisation
  • NCFE CACHE
Qualification codes
601/3999/7 (NCFE CACHE Level 3 Certifcate in Childcare and Education)
601/4000/8 (NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education [Early Years Educator])
Structure

Certificate

Learners must pass eight mandatory units, including all the criteria learners must know about, which is contained in the delivery guidance, as well as an Effective Practice Study Task (externally set and externally marked).

Diploma

Learners must pass 15 mandatory units, including all the criteria learners must know about, which is contained in the delivery guidance. Learners must also pass an Effective Practice Study and Extended Assessment (externally set, externally marked).

There are two early exit points, the first on achievement of the Award, and the second on achievement of the Certificate.

Dependent on learner ability and centre delivery, the Certificate can be achieved in approximately one year. It enables learners to progress on to the Diploma. Each unit throughout the qualification will be graded A* – D with the qualification overall grading being A* – D.

Subject areas
  • Early education and childcare

Mandatory units cover:

  • child development from conception to seven years
  • children’s health and well-being
  • providing safe environments for children
  • child health
  • play and learning
  • understanding children’s additional needs
  • observation, assessment and planning
  • professional Practice Portfolio 1
  • supporting emergent literacy
  • supporting emergent mathematics
  • preparing for school readiness
  • international perspectives
  • reflective practice for professional development
  • professional partnerships in early years

The Diploma has an optional unit, which covers:

professional practice portfolio two

Levels
  • Level 3

Level 3 qualifications regulated to the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

A levels are also Level 3 qualifications regulated to the Regulated Qualifications Framework.

Level 3 is the same level as the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Level 6.

Grading

Each unit throughout the qualification will be graded A* – D with the qualification overall grading being A* – D.

Assessment

All units will be internally assessed using a range of methods. All units are graded A*-D. Learners taking the Certificate must also pass an Effective Practice Study Task (externally set, externally marked). Learners taking the Diploma must also pass an Effective Practice Study Task and one Extended Assessment Task (externally set, externally marked).

Contribution of assessment components to overall grade

To pass the NCFE CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Childcare and Education, learners must pass eight mandatory units (539 GLH), including all the criteria learners must know about in the delivery requirements.

To pass the NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator), learners must pass 15 mandatory units (1,071 GLH), including all the criteria learners must know about in the delivery requirements.

Resit arrangements

There is a maximum of one further opportunity after the first submission for learners to submit the external assessment to achieve a Pass grade, or to improve a grade.

Guided / notional learning hours
Certificate, TQT = 663: 539 hours
Diploma, TQT = 1,358: 1071 hours
UCAS Tariff points

NCFE CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Childcare and Education (from September 2014)

Grade Points
A* 84
A 72
B 60
C 48
D 36

NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) (from September 2014)

Grade Points
A* 168
A 144
B 120
C 96
D 72
Timing of assessments and results

Most learners start their studies in September and complete towards the end of the following academic year.

There is the flexibility to allow some learners to progress more quickly than others.

Results are confirmed, and certificates issued, upon completion.

Qualification date
01 Sep 2014—31 Dec 2021
Qualification dates notes

This is a current qualification.

Certification information

The results of many UK qualifications are reported to UCAS through Awarding Body Linkage (ABL).

  • A levels and results from larger awarding bodies are reported automatically
  • IB results are only reported with the candidate’s permission
  • Some results are not reported through ABL, this does not reflect the validity of the qualification.

View the results available through ABL.

Where results are not available through ABL, HEPs will need to ask applicants to provide their own evidence of achievement.

Results are made available to CACHE centres throughout the year.

Data is provided for DfE, BIS, Ofqual, Skills for Care and Development, and Skills Active.

Progression information

These qualifications offer progression to higher education, an apprenticeship, or employment.

Progression to HE will probably be in the vocational area of the qualification, and may be to a foundation degree.

Additional qualifications may be needed for progression to higher education.

Tech Level qualifications are supported by at least five employers from the job sector the qualification is related to.

The NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) enables learners to access higher education. Alternatively, learners can progress into various job roles in the statutory, voluntary, or private sectors such as:

  • early years educator (Diploma only)
  • practitioner in day nurseries
  • practitioner in nursery schools
  • practitioner in reception classes in primary schools
  • pre-school worker
  • home based childcarer
  • nanny