Level 3 Extended Diploma in Children's Care, Learning and Development (NCFE Cache)

Start (w/c): 01/09/2020 Full Time - To be arranged (09:00 to 16:00) Nantgarw

Course Information

This course provides the knowledge and practical skills necessary for working in a variety of Childcare settings.

You will be taught in college for three days per week and the remaining two days will be spent in work placement, applying theory into practice as you need to show competence in both knowledge and skills. You will be visited regularly and assessed working directly with children

What Will I Learn?

Learners must achieve a further 85 credits to achieve the NCFE CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development (Wales and Northern Ireland) (QCF). These will be a combination of mandatory and optional units which reflect your work role..

Learners are required to undertake 50 hours of work placement (750 in total including year 1) within a variety of real work environments. The requirement cannot be met by time spent with children within a learner’s family/extended family, babysitting or through other informal arrangements

You will study a range of units, such as, Theories of Child Development and recent policies and initiatives in Childcare.

Entry Requirements

You will require the Level 3 Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development and two satisfactory references.

You must have satisfactory clearance with the Disclosure and Barring Service .You will be invited to attend an interview. During this interview, you will undertake an assessment in literacy and numeracy to establish any support required.


The CCLD units will be internally assessed using a range of methods which will include: direct observation within the workplace, a portfolio of evidence, written assignments or assessment tasks. These may include presentations, essays, case studies and reflective logs. Successful completion of ALL of the Extended CCLD units, learners will receive the NCFE Cache Level 3 Extended Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development. It is not graded. If learners submit ALL three pieces of extended writing which are externally set and externally marked by NCFE Cache which are each graded A*-D this will give the learner an overall grade A* - D.


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Please note: Fees are payable for each year of study. Higher Education Fees for courses starting September 2020 have yet to be decided. We estimate that they will be confirmed by April 2020.

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Career Progression

  • After successfully completing this course, you will be able to apply for Higher Education courses/degrees in a relevant subject area or employment within a childcare setting e.g. schools, nurseries, special schools, day-care centres, hospitals or working for private families as a nanny.

Potential Careers

Career Info

  • Primary or nursery education teaching professional

    Average salary: £44,226

  • Special needs education teaching professional

    Average salary: £47,951

  • Nursery nurse or assistant

    Average salary: £15,834

  • Childminder or related occupation

    Average salary: £17,609

  • Playworker

    Average salary: £14,996

  • Teaching assistant

    Average salary: £17,375


Primary (and middle school deemed primary) and nursery education teaching professionals plan, organise and provide instruction to children at all levels up to the age of entry into secondary education.

Entry Requirements

Entry is with a first degree that provides QTS (qualified teacher status) or, in Scotland, TQ (teaching qualification); or other relevant degree followed by further postgraduate training (most commonly PGCE – Postgraduate Certificate in Secondary Education, or, in Scotland, PGDE – Professional Graduate Diploma in Education). Further and higher professional qualifications are required for some teaching posts.


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