NCFE Cache Level 3 Certificate/Diploma in Childcare and Education


The course consists of days in college as well as practical training in work placements that link directly to the coursework. Placement is mandatory – twice a week every week for the duration of the course. At Level 3 this equates to 750 hours over two years split between the 1st year Certificate and 2nd year Diploma.

You will study child development from birth to 19 years, supporting and keeping children safe.

Course Content - What will I learn?

This course will give you the practical skills you need to work with babies and young children in nurseries, crèches, pre-schools and other childcare settings.

You will learn how to carry out your role while ensuring the safety and wellbeing of the children in your care.

You will get the chance to put what you learn in the classroom into practice by carrying out long-term work placements in Early Years settings, while attended college two days a week.

The course offers an excellent progression route to university and is popular among students who are looking to become primary school teachers.

What Next?

Achievement of the Level 3 Certificate will allow progression onto the Level 3 Diploma.

Successful completion qualifies you to work in nurseries, creches, pre-schools, schools, hospitals, sure start and family centres, health visiting, childminding and nannying as a Level 3 childcare practitioner.

Potential careers:

  • Education & Childcare Inspector
  • Further Education Lecturer
  • Higher Education Lecturer
  • Learning Mentor
  • Nanny
  • Nursery School Teacher
  • Nursery Worker
  • Play Worker
  • School Administrator
  • School Teacher
  • Special Educational Needs Teacher
  • Teaching Assistant/ Learning Support Assistant
  • Psychologist
  • Social Care Worker
  • Youth & Community Worker

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16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

For all two year courses fees shown above are per year.

Aged 19+ and planning to take a level 3 or above a different fee may apply. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.

All HE courses (full and part time) are subject to tuition fees.

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