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NCFE CACHE Introductory Diploma in Health, Social Care and Children and Young People’s Settings - Level 1


This is a 37-credit qualification that consists of 20 credits from mandatory units and 17 credits from optional units. Some of the units will cover:

  • the range of service provision 
  • the roles within the service provision
  • values and principles
  • equality and inclusion 
  • protection and safeguarding
  • healthy eating
  • mental health
  • physical disability

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Entry requirements

Four GCSEs with at least grade 2/E plus English and maths with at least grad 3/D; or an Entry Level qualification with a minimum of two units achieved at Level 1, and a standard of literacy and numeracy appropriate to this level of study. Plus a DBS check.

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

Mature students (those aged 21 or over) who do not have the qualifications required for entry may still be eligible, subject to an interview. Relevant experience, a strong portfolio of work and a commitment to the subject you wish to study may be acceptable for certain courses.

Start dates and fees

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20191 yr(s)1688A1FREE£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 through a variety of methods including projects, presentations, posters and assignments.

What will I study?

As well as studying the CACHE Level 1 Diploma in Introduction to Health, Social Care and Children's and Young People's Settings, you will also be expected to complete Functional Skills assessments in English and mathematics.

Develop the skills, knowledge, techniques and personal qualities essential for a successful performance in your working life.

You must undertake a work placement as part of this course to prepare for a career in this sector.

Study communication, human lifespan development, healthy living, creative and therapeutic activities, and equality and diversity.

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?

Call us on 0808 100 3626 for an application form or apply online.

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100% A Level pass rate in 2018

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