Course Type: Full Time

Level 3 Early Years Education and Care

  • Course Code AAA0104
  • Start Date 3rd September 2018
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Baltic Campus

This programme will prepare you to become an early years educator, enabling you to work with children from birth to age five and gain knowledge of children aged five to seven years. Upon achievement of this qualification you will hold a full and relevant qualification enabling you to enter the workforce as an early years educator or progress to higher education.


This qualification allows you to practice as an early years educator.

This programme is awarded by CACHE, the leading awarding organisation in the sector, which surpasses the minimum requirements set out in the National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) criteria. CACHE has developed a gold standard qualification which reflects the priorities of practitioners and employers to meet the needs of young children.


Experience in the workplace

You will need to be working, volunteering or on a practical placement as an important part of the assessment process involves evaluating skills in real working situations. CACHE recommends 730 hours across the age ranges.



Qualification structure

CACHE has structured the units around the following four themes:


• Theme 1: Health and well-being

• Theme 2: Legislation, frameworks and professional practice

• Theme 3: Play, development and learning for school readiness

• Theme 4: Professional development


Career opportunities

Upon achievement of this qualification, you will gain your licence to practice and it is intended that you will be able to enter the workforce as an early years educators or progress to higher education.

You can progress into various job roles in the statutory, voluntary or private sectors such as:

• Practitioner in day nurseries

• Practitioner in nursery schools

• Practitioner in reception classes in primary schools

• Pre-school worker

• Home based child carer.


UCAS Information

UCAS points for this qualification range from 120 (grade D) to 280 (grade A*). For a full breakdown of points, please access the CACHE website.

An interview is required and a DBS check is required.

How to apply

You can register your interest for this course online, call 0191 490 2246 or email start@gateshead.ac.uk.

Qualifications needed

5 GCSEs grade A*-C (9-4) including English Language and maths.

This course is free to those aged 19 years and under.

Most people aged 19 years and over can qualify for free or reduced course fees. This depends on your individual circumstances.

If you already have a full level 3 qualification and are aged 19 or over you can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan or pay the fee in full upfront, minus a 10% discount.

You can get more information at our Enrolment Events, by calling 0191 490 2246 or email us at start@gateshead.ac.uk

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