NCFE CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Coding Practices

NCFE CACHE Level 3 Certificate
Develop your knowledge of the world of coding and hone the skills you'll need for a career or further study.
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NCFE CACHE Level 3 Certificate online course

Want to build your knowledge, skills and understanding of coding? Or perhaps you dream of a career getting to grips with software and being the go-to person for fixing bugs and other problems. 

Our online NCFE CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Coding Practice enables you to take the knowledge that you have built at Level Two and start working towards developing the essential skills for an exciting career in an increasingly digital world.

Completing this course enables you to progress onto further study, such as a Level 4 Certificate in IT or a Level 4 Diploma in Software Development. The knowledge you’ll gain from this course will also be valuable for getting onto an apprenticeship or if you have aspirations of studying at university.

Enrol to begin studying from October 31st 2023.

What you will learn

  1. Unit 1 - Coding requirements and planning

    • Understand software methodologies in project management
    • Understand the capture and documentation of requirements
    • Understand risk management
    • Understand how teamwork contributes to the effective delivery of software
    • Backlog
    • Epics
    • Features
    • Stories
  2. Unit 2 - Understand coding design

    • The importance of coding standards
    • Understand the purpose of good coding principles and practices
    • Identify different types of coding review
    • The importance of effective feedback in a coding review
    • Structured and unstructured data
    • Primary and foreign keys
    • UX (User Experience) design
    • The differences between UX and UI (User Interface)
    • Security issues and threats
  3. Unit 3 - Implementation of coding

    • Common coding concepts
    • Object-orientated programming concepts
    • Interpreted and compiled code
  4. Unit 4 - Software testing

    • Identify different levels, types and methods of testing
    • Functional and non-functional testing
    • Test-driven development
    • Variable watching
    • Compiler warnings
  5. Unit 5 - Understand deployment, maintenance and configuration management

    • Deployment planning and strategy
    • The difference between build and deploy
    • Rollback strategy
    • Configuration management

Awarding Body

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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.

Recognised through UCAS

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This course carries 16 UCAS points. This means that it can be used to gain direct access to University courses and other Higher Education, through the UCAS system.

Course Outcome

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive the following qualification: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Coding Practices. The course follows the course specification 603/5793/9 taught in colleges and has been selected for its suitability for online learning.

How is this course assessed or examined?

To be awarded the Level 3 Certificate in Coding Practices, you will be required to successfully complete the five mandatory units. You will also produce a portfolio of evidence which be internally assessed at one of our exam centres and externally quality assured by NCFE.  

Entry requirements

The minimum study age for this course is 16 years of age. You should also have a Level Two or equivalent in IT or Coding.

Courses Taught by Experts


Education and Childcare

My 30-year stride in education started with childminding, to working with pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. I then tutored in a national reading programme and went on to become a Higher-Level TA. I’m elated to say I graduated with a First-Class BA Honours Degree when I was 50 – living proof that it’s never too late to chase your dreams!



Health care

For 10+ years, my passion for helping learners develop and grow has driven my career as a teacher. To help me progress even further, I am currently studying to achieve the IQA award. I love reading and I’m a self-professed Harry Potter fan. Talk to me about all things history, rock music, tattoos and true crime podcasts. 

Laura, tutor


Counselling and Psychology

I always knew that a career focused around helping people achieve their goals was perfect for me. That’s why I became a tutor. I love to see my student’s confidence flourish as they progress through their courses. It’s important to help them fit their learning goals around their personal commitments so they have the best chance of success! 

Kelly, tutor


STEM and History of Art

Marine biology, jellyfish conservationist, hairdresser, fitness instructor… I have an eclectic backstory! Art is my passion and one of my proudest moments was achieving my Masters in Fine Art. I then requalified as an Art teacher to share my knowledge with my students. For most of my career, I’ve supported vulnerable students with additional needs such as SEMH and SEN.



Early Years

Beginning my career as an early years practitioner inspired me to step into the world of teaching. I have since elevated my skillset through a range of qualifications including L3 in Assessing Vocational Achievement, L3 in Education & Training and L4 in Internal Quality Assurance. I’m a big kid at heart; I love Disney movies and also dabble in photography.