Childcare & Education – CACHE Level 3 Award (RQF) Online Course

£ 456.32

The CACHE Childcare and Education Level 3 Award Course is a course designed for students who want to start a career in Childcare.


Gain the CACHE Level 3 Childcare & Education Award Qualification

The Childcare and Education – CACHE Level 3 Award (RQF) Online Course is an excellent foundation for those wanting to start a career in Childcare and acts as an ideal preparation for students who want to progress on to the CACHE Level 3 Certificate and Level 3 Diploma qualifications.

The competition for jobs in childcare has increased in recent years and employers increasingly look for job applicants holding nationally recognised qualifications. This CACHE course provides students with a Level 3 qualification especially designed for those looking to work with children ages 0-5 in a professional childcare setting.

The Diploma level qualification would enable learners to gain the knowledge and experience to allow them to work with children from birth to 5 years in a non-supervised capacity although this is difficult to achieve through distance learning and usually requires the student to already be within a workplace setting for the assessment. The Award qualification is still a valuable qualification and would be suitable for those looking to improve their chances in this competitive area with a long-term view to working with children in a supervised capacity. The qualification is also suitable for those already working in childcare as a part of their CPD (Continuing Professional Development).

After studying this course student will be able to:

  • Understand development from conception to birth and routine screening programmes in the first year of life.
  • Understand stages and sequences of development from birth to seven years.
  • Understand theory and educational frameworks which inform knowledge and understanding of early years practice.
  • Understand the role of the early years practitioner when promoting child development from birth to seven years.
  • Understand how to plan opportunities for children’s learning and development from birth to five years.
  • Understand children’s needs in relation to emotional well-being.
  • Understand the needs of children during transition and significant events.
  • Understand the physical care needs of children.
  • Understand the impact of the early years environment on the health and well-being of children.
  • Understand the nutritional needs of children.
  • Understand the impact of poor diet on children’s health and well-being.

Understand children’s need for exercise.

On successful completion on this course students will receive an accredited CACHE Level 3 Award Qualification with up to 28 UCAS Points.

Course Format & Delivery

You will receive access to the course materials through an online portal for a 12-month period. Students can use the portal for accessing their course materials, submitting assignments and to log tutor questions. An optional hard-copy book version of the course notes can also be purchased for £35.00.

Please Note: Due to the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19 hard-copy versions of this course are only being dispatched twice a week so there may be slight delays to the usual delivery times.

The Course Includes the Following Units:
The following topics are included: Biological and psychological development of children from birth to seven years; Roles of an early years practitioner; Active steps an early years practitioner take; Frameworks that can be applied to young children’s development; and
Setting appropriate milestones for development.
The following topics are included: Physical and emotional needs of young children; Dietary and nutritional requirements; Health and safety; Emotional needs during stressful or transitional moments; and The need for regular exercise.


There are no particular entry requirements for this course, so students can sign up providing they are comfortable studying at a Level 3 standard.

Course Duration & Online Support

You can start this course at any time, and you would be registered for a one-year period. You also have access to a personal tutor who can be contacted by email. Your tutor is available to assist with any queries and to mark your assignments for the Awarding Body.

As the course is self-study, you can complete it as quickly as you like. Support extensions are available if students do not complete the course within the one-year period.


The course is assessed by a series of written assignments, which are submitted to and marked by your course tutor. There is no external examination required.


The Qualification is gained from your coursework so there is no exam to complete. On successful completion, students will gain a Level 3 Childcare & Education Qualification issued by CACHE.

This qualification has been accredited on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (Ofqual Qualification No: 601/3998/5). This is a Level 3 Award Qualification and can lead to a mamimum 28 UCAS Points.

This qualification is graded and the amount of UCAS points you gain will depend on your final grade.

A* = 28
A = 24
B = 20
C = 16
D = 12

Information on level descriptors can be found on the Ofqual’s level descriptors page.

CACHE are a national awarding body who offer high-quality qualifications for the care and education industry, making them the UK’s leading sector specialist. Established in 1945 by the Ministry of Health under the name of the National Nursery Examination Board (NNEB). In 1994 the NNEB merged with the Council for Early Years Awards to form CACHE. They offer a portfolio of qualifications ranging from Entry to Level 5. This course is purchased through Distance Learning Centre, a partner of O-S-C. The delivery, assessment and quality assurance will be carried out by O-S-C who are an approved CACHE centre for assessment and certification.

Additional information

Course Format

Online Course

Self-Study Time

Approximately 180 Hours (Self-Study)

Delivery Time

2-3 Working Days (Email)