NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Childcare and Education

Our course code: X320

Course fee £395 or from £30 per month

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The NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Childcare and Education teaches learners the crucial knowledge necessary when working with children. The course can be studied online and covers a variety of information on the health and development of a child during the Early Years setting. The course also teaches what is required of an Early Years Educator during this important stage in life.

Students must be age 16 or over to enrol. For this course, you do not require a placement or any previous knowledge of working with children. The Level 3 Award in Childcare and Education prepares learners to progress to the Level 3 certificate. This qualification is fully recognised & accepted by Ofsted. Furthermore, UCAS points have been allocated to this qualification. For a full breakdown of points, please see the UCAS performance points table.

After you’ve completed this award, you’ll have an excellent foundation of knowledge to progress to our Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce, the qualification you’ll need in order to be counted in the level three staff to child ratios in childcare settings.

Childcare is a competitive industry, and employers increasingly look for job applicants holding nationally recognised qualifications. With this Level 3 Award, you’ll have an understanding of Early Years childcare of children from birth to 5 years and further knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years old.

On this Level 3 Award in Childcare and Education course, you will:

  • Learn and develop your understanding of development from conception to birth and routine screening programmes in the first year of life.
  • Understand the stages and sequences of development from birth to seven years
  • Recognise children’s needs in relation to emotional well-being and the physical care needs of children.
  • Undertake professional development and Upon completion of the qualification, you should have a much better understanding of a variety of early years’ practices and procedures to help you care for children to the highest possible standard.

The course covers a variety of information on the health and development of a child during the Early Years setting.

  • A formal qualification

    This course is a formally recognised RQF qualification and is recognised throughout the UK, Europe and beyond.

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  • Unlimited Tutor Support

    Get as much help and support as you want from your personal course tutor via email and phone.

  • Awarding body: NCFE CACHE
  • Our course code: X320
  • Qualification code: 601/3998/5
  • Official Qualification Title: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Childcare and Education

CACHE stands for the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education, and are the leading specialist Awarding Organisation for the Care and Education Sector.

Study Hours

It takes around 180 hours to complete this course.

Study Method

The course is specially designed for study by distance learning. Throughout the course, you will complete tutor-marked assignments that will be graded A* – D.

Course Duration

You have up to a year to complete this course and we suggest a number of up to 180 study hours to complete this course. This is usually ample time for learners, even with full-time jobs and other commitments. Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for an additional fee, which also extends your tutor support.


Students must pass two mandatory units to complete this course. Each module is followed by a written tutor marked assignment (TMA), which is submitted and then marked by your tutor. You will not be required to take an external exam.

Course Outcomes

In 2015, NCFE acquired CACHE. As of September 2017, our CACHE courses will now be known as NCFE CACHE, and you will receive your certificate from both awarding bodies.

This qualification comes with NCFE CACHE Level 3 certification. NCFE CACHE have been developing courses in the childcare, education and healthcare sectors since 1945 and are one of the most reputable awarding bodies for qualifications in the UK and overseas. Practitioners working in these areas are much more employable having gained NCFE CACHE certification and many employers specifically ask for their qualifications when taking on members of staff.


Holders of the Award and Certificate in Childcare and Education can achieve a supervised Early Years role.

This qualification holds the following UCAS tariff points: A – 24, B – 20, C – 16, D – 12 and E – 9.

Additional Information

Official Qualification Title - NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Childcare and Education

Difficulty - Level 3

Entry requirements - It is recommended that students hold GCSE English and Maths A*-C, including Level 2 qualifications (e.g. Functional Skills).

Minimum Enrolment Age - 16 years

Course Content

1: Child development from conception to 7 years

This unit covers the biological and psychological development of children from birth to seven to years, and the role that an early years practitioner might have within this process. Students will learn what active steps an early years practitioner can take to aid the development of children. They will also learn about the frameworks that can be applied to young children’s development in order to guide the understanding of the process, and to set appropriate milestones for development.

2: Children's health and well-being

This unit focuses directly on the physical and emotional needs of young children. This includes dietary and nutritional requirements, health & safety, emotional needs during stressful or transitional moments, and the need for regular exercise. All of this is framed within the context of what an early years practitioner might be expected to understand and help to deliver, for children in their care.

When entering the childcare industry, there are a few mandatory elements that you will have to secure before practising. They are neither difficult to obtain or time-consuming:

  • Undertake a First Aid qualification, which only takes one day to complete and can be attained through your local St John’s Ambulance Brigade at a low price.
  • You will be required to register with Ofsted. If you are planning to offer childcare from your home they may need to conduct a visit.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email and telephone, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

You don’t need any prior skills in the subject area to start. However, as with all of our courses, we recommend a reasonable level of English reading and writing ability.

We provide all the specially written learning materials you require to study this course at home. The course fee also includes tutor support for the specified duration of your course.

You will receive everything you need to complete this course within the study pack we send to you.

No, this course is assessed by coursework alone.

No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.

Most students finish comfortably within the course duration period given. However, if you do need more time, your personal tutor support can be extended for an additional fee.

Please check our main FAQs section or Contact Us, we have experienced course advisers who will be delighted to help!