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Diploma in Caring for Children (NCFE CACHE) - Level 1


This is a Level 1 course that will develop your skills and knowledge in preparation for a career within childcare.

A opportunity to attend a work placement working with young children will be undertaken as part of this course.

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Entry requirements

  • Four GCSEs with at least 2 points (grade E), including English language and ideally maths; or
  • Entry Level qualification with appropriate English and maths skills
  • You will be required to undertake a DBS check that the college will fund prior to any placement. Any reprimands, cautions, warnings, convictions or ASBOs may affect your chances of securing a work placement

You will need to attend an interview with the tutor before being accepted on to the course. You will also need to supply at least one written reference from a teacher or employer (in some cases two) and your current school or college report with an indication of your attendance pattern and achievements.

Start dates and fees

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20191 yr(s)1783A1FREE£500.00** EApply

E You may be eligible for fee exemption depending on your circumstances. Please see our adult finance and funding page for more information.

How long is the course?

One year.


How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by a range of methods including written assignments, booklets, posters and a report from your work placement.

What does the course lead to?

Upon successful completion you could progress to the Level 2 Certificate in an Introduction to Early Years Education and Care or other related Level 2 courses available at the college. You could also gain employment as an assistant in an early years care setting.

What will I study?

You will study a range of units that will prepare you to care for children including:

  • Human growth and development
  • Finding out about Forest Schools
  • Health and safety when working with young children
  • Music, science and craft activities for young children
  • Understanding learning and development through play

You will start to gain the skills required to work with young children by attending a work placement allocated to you.

You will also study Functional Skills in ICT, English and Maths at a level appropriate for you.

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

What can I go on to study?

How do I apply?

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