​CACHE Level 3 Award, Certificate and Diploma in Child Care and Education (VRQ)

The Award and Certificate qualifications have now expired


​What do the qualifications cover?

These qualifications prepare you to work unsupervised or in a supervisory capacity with children and their families in a variety of settings. These could include nurseries, children’s centres, home-based child care, pre-schools or schools.

Who are they suitable for? 

Anyone wanting to work with children and young people.

What are the entry requirements?

You will need to be least 16 years old. CACHE does not set any other entry requirements but colleges or training providers may have their own guidelines.

How are they assessed?

They will be assessed by your tutor and CACHE. You will need to complete written assignments for the Award and a short answer test and written assignments for the Certificate. For the Diploma, assessment is the same as for the Award and Certificate plus additional written assignments, assessment of your performance in the workplace and a research task.

​Do you need to be working to take the qualifications?

No, but you will be required to spend some time in different  practical placements to complete the Diploma.

How long do they take to complete?

You can usually complete the Diploma in 2 years. The Award and Certificate can be completed in less time.

What related qualifications can you progress to?

The Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (England) (QCF) or a degree.

UCAS Information

The following points are available for this qualification

Award - 10 to 30 points
Certificate - 35 to 110 points
Diploma - 120 to 360 points

To work out your UCAS grades, we have a handy calculator to help you.

Which type of job roles can you apply for on completion?

The Award and Certificate do not qualify you to work with children and young people. After completing Diploma you could work as: 

  Early Years/Foundation Stage Practitioner
  Special Educational Needs Support Worker
  Nanny/Home-based Child Carer
  Children’s Centre Practitioner

Additional Information
This is a VRQ qualification. You might also like to look at the Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce (QCF) England, the Level 3 Extended Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce (QCF) or the Level 2 Diploma for Children’s Care, Learning and Development (Wales and Northern Ireland) (QCF), which are part of the QCF qualification framework and cover similar topics.