NCFE CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce

Country
  • England
Purpose

This qualification is not listed on the DfE 16 – 19 performance tables.

The Level 3 Extended Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce (CYPW) is suitable for delivery as a two-year, full-time qualification which incorporates the Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce. The qualification comprises:

  • the Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce to meet the requirements to work in the Children and Young People’s Workforce
  • additional extended units to assess, build and develop learners’ higher level knowledge and skills
  • three extended assessments based on knowledge which has been gained throughout the entire learning programme.

This qualification is appropriate for those who might like to progress to a degree in a related discipline.

Education context

This qualification was launched in September 2011.

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
Qualification code
600/1349/7 (NCFE CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce)
Structure

The units from the Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce provide a competence-based foundation. Each of these units is graded Pass or Refer. The learner will take these, followed by the extended units and three extended assessments.

The extended units assess the development of higher level knowledge, understanding, and skills. Each of these units is graded Pass or Refer. If the appropriate mandatory and optional units are passed, the qualification grade will be Grade E.

The three extended assessments are each graded A* – D. If all three extended assessments are passed, the qualification grade will be A* – D.

Subject areas

The mandatory units are:

  • Extending understanding of theories of children and/or young person's care or development
  • Understand the role of policies in children and/or young people's settings
  • Maintaining the health of children and/or young people
  • An introduction to leadership and management
  • Supporting the development of study skills
  • Working with families of children and/or young people
  • Working as part of more than one team
  • Supportive approaches to behaviour management
  • Formal recording for use within the work environment
  • Research to support practice when working with children and/or young people

The optional units are:

  • Support children and/or young people’s development of art drama and music
  • The Common Assessment Framework for children and/or young people
  • Learning about planning for given frameworks or curricula
  • Support numeracy and literacy development in children and/or young people
  • Observing children and/or young people’s play to inform future support
  • Learning styles and their role in learning and achievement
  • Managing quality standards when working with children and/or young people
  • Supporting science and technology development in children and/or young people
  • Understand aspects of playwork practice

These units are taken in addition to those from the Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce. 

Levels
  • Level 3
Grading

A* – E

Assessment

The CYPW units will be internally assessed using a range of methods which could include: direct observation in the workplace, a portfolio of evidence, written assignments or an optional assessment task.

The extended units will be internally assessed using mandatory assessment tasks. These assess both knowledge and skills based learning outcomes. The skills-based outcomes require the learner to reflect on practical experience in their real work environment.

Where appropriate, observations remain the preferred method of assessment for skills-based learning outcomes. The three extended assessments will be externally assessed.

Contribution of assessment components to overall grade

Learners who do not pass all three extended assessments, but who successfully pass the Extended Diploma Units, will be awarded a grade E.

For a certificate to be issued, a "U" grade must be submitted to CACHE for any extended assessment which has not been passed.

Resit arrangements

Within each of the three External Assessments which comprise the overall qualification grade, 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 notes

This qualification has a range of 1,047 – 1,144 guided learning hours depending which optional units are chosen.

UCAS Tariff points

NCFE CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma for the Children & Young People's Workforce

Grade Points
A* 168
A 144
B 120
C 96
D 72
E 48
Key issues for UK HE admissions

The first cohort will have completed the qualifications by July 2013.

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 quicker than others.

Results are confirmed, and certificates issued, upon completion.

Qualification dates notes

This is a legacy qualification.

Certification information

Results are made available to CACHE centres throughout the year.

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

Progression information

This qualification supports learners’ progression to higher education by providing evidence of learners’ higher level skills. On completion of this qualification, they can progress to various job roles, dependent on their chosen pathway. The following list is not exhaustive, but indicative of the opportunities available:

Early Learning and Childcare: This pathway is appropriate for all practitioners working in settings delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage. Specific job roles may include:

  • playgroup workers
  • children’s centre staff
  • staff in day care provision, nursery schools and nursery or reception classes in primary schools
  • registered childminders and nannies
  • portage workers – education support workers who visit families of pre-school children in their homes

Social Care: Specific job roles may include:

  • children and families’ support workers
  • all residential childcare workers
  • family centre and day centre workers
  • Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS) family court advisers
  • support workers
  • HE opportunities relevant to this area of study such as youth and community studies, foundation degree CYPW or social work

Learning and Development Support Services: Specific job roles may include:

  • learning mentors
  • behaviour and education support teams

General opportunities:

  • support workers in relevant settings
  • relevant work with children and young people in the voluntary sector