CACHE Diploma for Children and Young Peoples Workforce (Level 3)


This course is part of the National Skills Fund government initiative to help adults to train and gain the valuable skills they need to improve their job prospects. If you are aged 19 and over and do not already have a full level 3 qualification you can enrol on this course for free. (You will be required to sign a declaration confirming that you do not already hold a level 3 qualification when you enrol). Funding is limited so please enrol as soon as possible to secure your funded place.

his course is suitable for you if you are working either Full-Time or Part-Time in the field of childcare, or are studying on a training programme covering work with children. You should be able to work in a supervisory capacity.

Am I Ready?

Applicants for this course must have previous experience in childcare and currently work in a position of responsibility with children 0 - 16 years (and their families). All applicants will be interviewed prior to start of course.

Course Details

The Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce will be the only Level 3 qualification that will confer occupational confidence for the Children and Young People's Workforce. The Diploma covers the age range from birth to 19 years and has a minimum credit value of 65 credits. The qualification is composed of 11 mandatory units equal to 27 credits altogether. The remaining credits are accured in completing a variety of optional units. These can be through three different pathways: .Early Years .Social Care .Learning, Development and Support Services. No person can be admitted to a childcare course if he/she is rendered unsuitable by any criminal conviction (subject to the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974).


To achieve the Level 3 Diploma, a candidate must be assessed as competent in all units. The choice of optional units will reflect that candidate's work setting. Assessment takes place in the workplace, meeting national standards. To study on this course you will need to be actively working with children. An assessor will be allocated unless you have a qualified work - based assessor. You will also gather evidence and this will be put in a portfolio. Evidence is your experiences with children and may include witness testimony, observation and reflection on your own practice.

Fees & Funding

National Skills Fund Offer

The government have expanded their National Skills Fund Free Course for Jobs Offer. This policy gives adults, of any age, without a Level 3 qualification the chance to gain their first level 3 qualification for free, from a choice of hundreds of courses with good wage outcomes and the ability to meet key skills needs. From 1 April 2022, eligibility for the offer has been expanded so that any adult in England who is earning under the National Living Wage annually (£18,525) or are unemployed will also be able to access this selection of free qualifications, even if they already have a Level 3 qualification or higher.

Where qualifications are not included in the Free Course for Jobs Offer, students aged 19 years or over on the 1st day of their course may qualify for an Advanced Learning Loan to help with college fees on applicable course.

Adult Learning Loan

Advanced Learning Loan to help with college fees on applicable course. Students won’t have to pay anything back until the end of their course and are earning £27,295 per year. Household income isn’t taken into account and there’s no credit check. Eligibility is dependent on course, nationality, and age to meet the ESFA funding eligibility criteria.

Low Income / Unemployed Seeking Work

Students that are unemployed and currently seeking work, or on a low income of up to £20,319 per annum may be able to enrol to a course at Level 2 or below free of charge. This is a government initiative and the course offer is subject to change. Grantham College reserves the right to offer a substitute course if the qualification advertised is not funded by the government. This does not affect your rights under Consumer Law.

Additional Information

This apprenticeship pays the minimum wage.

Your Next Steps

The course provides opportunities for progression on to a range of courses, such as:

• Foundation Degree in Children, Families & Community Health

• HNC/D in Early Childhood Studies.

Course Details
Code: PWG9004R Type: Part Time Dates: 1 August 2023
Costs: Registration Fee: £130Tuition Fee: £2572 Entry Requirements: See “Am I Ready?”
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