Childcare & Early Years

Awarding organisation

Awarding Body: CACHE

Qualifications on offer:

  • Level 1 Award in Caring for Children (QFC) or
  • Certificate in Caring for Children (QFC) or
  • Diploma in Caring for Children (QFC)
  • Functional Skills at an appropriate level

Summary of course

This course is designed to stimulate the interest and encourage your understanding of the skills and knowledge needed to care for a child. You will study units covering both personal development and growth of babies and young children.

The method of learning is through classroom based activity.

What will I study?

The units you will study are likely to include:

Core Units:

  • Communication
  • Principles and values
  • Safeguarding and protection
  • Creative Activities
  • Healthy eating

Specialist Units:

  • Introduction to the development of children and young people
  • encouraging children to eat healthily

All units are subject to change and may be withdrawn.

For further information about the course and the units you will study, please read the awarding body specification by clicking on the link below:

Awarding Body specification. target=“_blank”>Awarding Body specification.

How is the course assessed?

Students will be assessed through:

  • written tasks
  • assignments
  • practical activities

Your Study Programme

If you are aged 16-18, you will join a Study Programme. We will make sure you are working at the right level on your core qualification and are challenged to achieve the highest level of qualification you can. All students will continue to improve their maths and English and if you don't have a grade 4 (C) at GCSE, we will work with you towards achieving that goal (subject to specific entry requirements for particular courses). Work experience will be part of your study programme and complement your college study and prepare you for employment. You will also get involved in activities to help you develop life skills and to build your confidence so you can make progress in your career. Weekly timetables will include tutorial support which may comprise of full group activities or one to one sessions to discuss individual progress or support needs.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal if you have an interest in childcare work and wish to gain a Level 1 qualification in Childcare. This course will not qualify you to work with children but will prepare you for further training.

Progression and Career Opportunities

After successful completion of this course you could go onto do CACHE Level 2 Certificate Introduction to Early Years Education and Care.

Opportunities include:

  • Level 2 study
  • Level 3 study
  • Apprenticeship
  • University
  • Employment

Find about more career opportunities and expected starting salaries by clicking on the 'What Can I Earn?' section of our website.

Entry Requirements for new students

Level Entry Requirements
Entry and Foundation: GCSEs, mainly 2-1 (F/G) grades. Satisfactory school reference*
Level 1: Four GCSEs at grade 2 (E) or above
Level 2: Four GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above
Level 3 BTEC Courses or equivalent: Four GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C)
Level 3 A Levels: Five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C) including English and maths
Level 4/5: A Level 3 qualification such as: A Levels, BTEC Level 3, Access to HE, Advanced Apprenticeship; equivalent of 48 UCAS points
Specific Course Requirements: Standard Level 1 entry requirements including English and Maths

*All applicants will be invited in for interview.

Equivalent qualifications will be considered except where English has been studies as a second language and is required at GCSE grade 2 (E).

In exceptional circumstances, applications which do not meet the formal entry criteria may be considered on an individual basis.

Interview Requirements

You must bring your interview letter to your appointment and arrive 15 minutes before your interview is due to take place.

You will be required to bring a piece of written work to your interview appointment, using one side of A4 paper, identifying why you want to work with children.

General Info (materials required for the course)

There is nothing specific required for this course, however you will require stationery, including notebook, diary, lever arch folders and pens.

Course fee information

All Students will need to enter or register for their course qualification either by examination entry or Board Registration. The course tutor will advise you how to enter or register for your qualification and of the College deadline. All late entries are subject to a late entry fee.

The following fees will be payable in full:

16-18 year olds

  • All re-sits except first re-sit of GCSE Mathematics and English
  • Unauthorised absences from any examination entered
  • Any examination/registration unsupported by your subject tutor
  • Late examination/registration entries
  • Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

19 years or over

  • Level 1 course: Examination/registration fees^1
  • Level 2 course: Examination/registration fees^1
  • Second Full Level 3 course: You may be eligible to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay for the course fees^2
  • Level 4 course: Loans may be available^2
  • All Levels: Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

Overseas Students

  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 1 of a 2-year course
  • £6,750 tuition fees in Year 2 of a 2-year course
  • £350 non-refundable Examination/registration fee in Year 1
  • Trip/materials/equipment/uniform fees

^1 Fee remission may be available if you are in receipt of a state benefit. ^2 Contact the Enrolment Centre for more information on 0300 123 2344.

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We are planning to offer this programme from September 2018. The full details for the 18/19 academic year will be available on the College website from the beginning of July 2018. In the meantime, if you would like to speak to a tutor about the course please call us or complete our easy online enquiry form.
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