CACHE - Childcare Course

The CACHE Diploma course is a three ‘A’ level. It can provide 360 UCAS points equivalent to three ‘A’ grades in traditional GCE courses. It develops the knowledge, skills and experience to enable students to work in a child care setting. The course is a level 3 qualification and is listed on the QCA framework of Nationally Accredited Qualifications. This course is widely accepted by red brick and metropolitan universities to study a range of subjects at degree level. Childhood Studies develops the knowledge, skills and experience to enable students to work in a child care setting.

What do I need to know or be able to do before taking this course?

You will need to have a level 5 in GCSE English Language as there is much written work to complete. A grade B in Child Development GCSE is desirable, but we will take students who have not taken Child Development GCSE.

What will I learn on this course?

Practical and theoretical skills on how babies and children learn and develop. This will include much child psychology and you will have the opportunity to put this knowledge into practice by working in a range of different placements two days per week.

The following units will be covered: - Observation and assessment - Supporting young children - The developing child from conception to 16 years - Promoting a healthy environment - Play, curriculum and early children’s learning - The role of the early years practitioner - Keeping children safe - Anti-discriminatory/anti bias practice - The development of professional skills with children’s education - Care of sick children - Nutrition & healthy food for children - Developing children’s communication, language & literacy skills Students spend two days per week in a minimum of three placements with 0 - 8 year olds. Students will be taught each unit by a variety of experienced staff and will learn to deal with pressure, meet deadlines and work within a team environment.

Who is suitable for this course?

We have taught this subject to both boys and girls who have an interest in a child’s development and psychology. It is not necessary to want to study children further at university, as this course serves as a gateway to many other degree subjects.

What could I do with a qualification in this subject?

Previous students have gone on to study: Childhood Studies and Education, Psychology, Nursery Teaching, Teacher Training, Speech Therapy, Youth Studies, Forensic Science, Social Work, Criminology, Media and Culture, Occupational Therapy among others. Our students have proceeded to many varied institutions of Higher Education, including 'Red Brick' universities.

The three most commonly asked questions about this course are:

Can I take another ‘A’ Level subject with this? No, it is equivalent to 3 ‘A’ Levels already.

Is the course easier as it only has one exam? No, there is much pressure, with many deadlines to be met, and a high standard to reach for good grades.

Can I go to University? Yes, many CACHE students go on to good universities achieving high degree qualifications in a range of subjects.

Specific Course Requirements:

This course is appropriate for students with a good general education and 6 GCSEs C grade or above including English Language. A grade B or above in GCSE Child Development is preferable. Enrolment will be subject to a satisfactory Police report to comply with The Children’s Act.

Course Content:

A total of 12 units are taught:

• Working with children
• Development from conception to age 16
• Supporting children
• Keeping children safe
• The principles underpinning the role of the practitioner working with children
• Promoting a healthy environment for children
• Play and learning in children’s education
• Caring for children
• Development of professional skills within children’s education
• Care of sick children
• Nutrition and healthy food for children
• Working with babies from birth to 12 months

Students spend two days per week in a minimum of three placements with 0 - 8 year olds.


The course is assessed by the successful completion of set assignments for each unit, a short answer examination and an externally set assignment.  Assessment of practical competence will take place in the work placement.

Each of the 12 units has a specific submission date. Each of these marks goes towards your 3 ‘A’ Level grades.

You will have a written paper in the Spring term of Year 12 which must be passed to progress to Year 13 and will also go towards your final 3 ‘A’ Level grades.

The final assessment is a 5000 word research task, set and marked by the examination board, which is submitted in the January of Year 13. This will also go towards your final 3 ‘A’ Level grades.

Students follow the CACHE syllabus. Successful students are awarded the Diploma in Childhood Studies. This is equivalent to three 'A' levels