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CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education ( Early Years Educator)

CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education ( Early Years Educator)

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What does the qualification cover?

The 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 the Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education, it is intended that learners will be able to access higher education or enter the workforce as Early Years Educators.

UCAS Points

This qualification has the following UCAS Points - D - 72, C - 96, B - 120, A - 144, A* - 168.

Who is it suitable for?

This qualification is suitable for a range of learners either working or wishing to work in early years education and care. The Diploma is also suitable for those wishing to progress to higher education.

What are our entry requirements for commencing the qualification?

You should be at least 16 years old. 

Early Years Educator: Changes to GCSE Requirements

This will enable staff with an EYE qualification and Level 2 English and mathematics qualifications to count in the Level 3 staff: child ratios in childcare settings.

Rules of combination for the Diploma:

In order to achieve the Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) learners must complete 15 mandatory units, including all the criteria learners must know about which is contained within the delivery guidance. 

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

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

Assessment Opportunities

Assessment opportunities for all the externally set and marked assessments for the Certificate and Diploma will be limited to one attempt and one further reattempt opportunity to undertake an alternative assessment.


24 months. Course is delivered online

Funding criteria

This qualification is funded if this is your first level 3; if you are receiving Universal Credit or you are on a low income of £21,000 per annum.  Also, you must be living in the UK for at least 3 years.

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