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Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) — CACHE Level 3 Certificate/Diploma

Early Years|Education

Course ID: 163712

Course Year: 21/22

Course Details

  • CACHE Level 3 Certificate.
  • Ideal for students who wish to pursue employment as an Early Years Educator.
  • 2 year course.
  • Attend our fantastic college for 3 days a week, and complete a work placement for the remaining 2 days.
  • Take part in up to 4 different placements of professional practice to boost your employability and experience.
  • Access support and guidance from our dedicated and highly experienced teaching team.

What to expect from the course

The CACHE Level 3 Certificate/Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator) prepares you to become an Early Years Educators (EYE), enabling you to work with children from birth to 5 years, and gain knowledge of children aged 5 to 7 years. Upon achievement of this qualification, it is intended that you'lll be able to enter the workforce as an Early Years Educator.

The course will take two years to complete and will be assessed using a range of methods. This includes direct observation within the workplace, a portfolio, external assessment, written assessments or a task set by your tutor.

The course is made up of a number of units, which explore and develop your work with young people. You'll understand children's emotional well-being, understand legislation, framework and professional practice. You will also explore children's development and play.

You willl also work to support the needs of a child in preparing for school.

This course includes 3 days of College study and 2 days of professional practice in a minimum of 4 different work placements over the 2 years. You must undergo a DBS check to undergo the work experience element.


CACHE Level 3 Certificate/Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator)

Why study with us?

All learners will receive a 100% guaranteed work placement and be assessed by a work based team in the range of placements. The qualification (Diploma) gives learners a licence to practice and work within early year’s settings. It also supports great access routes to Higher Education studies at University.

Student Benefits

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Academy Bakery

The Academy Bakery is located on the Duke Street campus, producing a range of first class baked goods daily. These include artisan breads, patisserie and biscuits, as well as special occasion/novelty cakes by award-winning master-bakers. Students are offered a range of discounts throughout the year.

The Academy Bakery
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Academy Hair and Beauty Salons

Duke Street is also home to The Academy Hair and Beauty salons. They offer generous student discounts on a wide range of hair and beauty treatments, at a fraction of high-street prices. These include styling, cutting, perming, highlights, facials, manicures, electrolysis and traditional and homeopathic massage.

The Academy Salons
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Academy Restaurant

Duke Street campus is also home to the College’s Academy Restaurant. Often referred to by it’s customers as Liverpool’s hidden gem, the restaurant serves top class cuisine, at highly competitive prices. Food is expertly prepared by professional chef/tutors and young chefs in training and offers students a range of discounts at different times of the year.

The Academy Restaurant
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Microsoft Office 365 - Free

When you become a student of the College you’ll receive full access to Microsoft Office 365. This allows you to install the software on your own computer and other devices at home, completely free of charge.

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Onsite Sports Facilities/Fitness Suite

The college has excellent sports and fitness facilities at its Roscoe Street campus. Students pay a one-off membership fee for all year round usage of weekly supervised gym sessions, as well as access to a number of sporting clubs and events.

Career pathways

This qualification will enable learners to become Early Years Educators, with children from birth to 5 years old in the work place in a supervisory capacity.
This courses has UCAS tariff points to allow learners to directly access University Degrees, including Primary School Teaching (QTS) and Degrees in Early Childhood studies.
Although the course is 2 years in length, there is an opportunity for a one year drop of point so that learners can achieve a Certificate in Childcare and Education in the first year of study.

We're here to help...

Contact us to discuss your application or find out more:

 : 0151 252 3000

Entry Requirements

1. 5 GCSEs at grade 4/C or above. In response to the Department for Education, students studying childcare courses are expected to have English and Maths at a minimum of Grade 4/C - this is essential for you to be successful in the workplace, and for working with young people.
2. Satisfactory evidence of a DBS clearance.
3. A commitment to equal opportunities
5. All applicants will complete a health questionnaire

If you are unsure of the entry requirements, or if you don't meet the criteria, please contact our Careers Advice and Guidance team who will be happy to help you find the best option for you. Email or call 0151 252 3607.


If you are 16-18 years old at the start of your course, studying at The City of Liverpool College is free. If you are aged between 19 or over and don’t have 2 A-Levels (or equivalent), you won't have to pay any fees for this course.

19 years old or over and have 2 A-Levels (or equivalent) at the start of the course? Fees are payable, but you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of your course. Find out more at, or contact our admissions team on 0151 252 3000 or at

Fee for21/22 is 2882.00
In future years this fee may be subject to change.

Please note this is a two year programme that consists of two courses. Your fee status may change from one year to the next depending on age and circumstance at the start of the next course e.g. if you turn 19 before progressing to the next level, you may be required to pay fees as outlined above.

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