NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) plus GCSE Maths and English

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OSC1362 / OSC1363

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Become a fully qualified nursery nurse with this NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) plus GCSE Maths and English course.

  • Fully accredited and nationally recognised NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) qualification.
  • Become a fully qualified early years educator/practitioner, also known as a nursery nurse, ready to enter the workplace.
  • Study alongside your work or placement in an early years setting.
  • Achieve the GCSE qualifications in Maths and English you'll need to work in an early year's setting.
  • Assessor visit included and organised by us around your schedule.
  • Earn 32 UCAS points to support your higher education application if you wish to progress your studies beyond this course.
  • FREE access to the CACHE Alumni membership for two years when you enrol on your course.
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Course overview

This NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) qualification will prepare you to become an early year’s educator or practitioner, which is also known as a nursery nurse.

Upon successful completion of this qualification, you can apply for roles as early year’s practitioner and educator roles in an early year’s settings in which you will be working with children aged from birth to five years of age.

The course covers the health and wellbeing of children and their learning, play, and development to prepare them for school. You will also study the legislation, frameworks, and professional practice involved in working in an early year’s setting.

You will also earn 32 UCAS points once you have successfully completed your course which can be used to support your application to study a related higher education degree.

This NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) plus GCSE Maths and English bundle course will allow you to achieve the GCSE Maths and English Level 2 qualifications you need to work as an early year’s educator/practitioner or nursery nurse.

Course Duration

Up to two years.

Course Outcome

You will receive your NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) certificate as well as your GCSE Maths and English qualifications.

Entry Requirements

You must be 16 years of age. You will also need to have a placement in an early years setting in mainland England with support from a workplace mentor.

Assessment

NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator): Tutor-marked assignments and workplace observations. GCSE Maths and English: written exams and a spoke exam.

Course content

NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce Early Years Educator

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Assessment

NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator). 

All units are internally assessed. This course requires an assessment of your practical skills within your working environment. Methods of assessment could include:

  • Direct observation of practice
  • Witness evidence when directed by the sector skills assessment strategy
  • Professional discussion
  • Reflection on own practice in real work situations
  • Written assignments

Your written assignments will be submitted via email to your tutor for marking.

GCSE Mathematics

To achieve a GCSE in Foundation Mathematics you will be assessed across the four sections. Please note, the highest grade you can achieve is Grade 5. If you wish to study Higher Mathematics instead, please contact us. Components will be assessed by three paper-based examinations. A more detailed breakdown of the assessment details is provided below.

GCSE English Language

To achieve your GCSE English Language qualification, you will be assessed across all units. There are two paper-based examinations and a spoken language assessment. A more detailed breakdown of the assessment details is provided below.

Course duration

You will have up to 24 months to complete all three courses in this package. This allows you to work at your own pace. You will also need to complete 350 placement hours, across three age ranges (birth to 1 year 11 months; 2 to 2 years 11 months; 3 to 5 years).

Study method

You will study your courses by distance learning, which will enable you to take control of your studies. You can study at your own pace from a place that suits you. All your learning materials will be posted or emailed to you online, depending on the learning method you choose. You will also receive our tutor support by email, so help is only ever a click away.

Course outcome

Once you have successfully completed your assignments and workplace observations, you will receive your NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator). A certificate will be provided to you as recognition of your achievement.

Once you have passed your GCSE exams, you will also receive your GCSE Maths and English qualifications.

Who are CACHE?

The Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education (CACHE) are the UK’s leading provider of vocational qualifications for those working within care and education. CACHE qualifications are recognised across the education and care industries and they are amongst the most well-known and respected qualifications.

Our range of CACHE vocational qualifications are suitable for individuals involved in early years, education, childcare, and health and social care. All courses lead to a nationally recognised Ofqual regulated qualification and are accredited on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

CACHE works closely with employers and learners to ensure that learners have a progression route whether it’s into further study, a career, or university. These qualifications have helped millions of people obtain the skills and knowledge they need to meet the professional standards required in the care, education, and health industries.

CACHE Alumni membership

Once you have enrolled on your CACHE course, you will have access to the CACHE Alumni membership for two years. CACHE Alumni is a professional membership network for those who work in the care, health, and education industries, providing valuable resources and advice for your studies when working towards/with a CACHE qualification.

What next?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to progress to roles such as:

  • Practitioner in a reception class in a primary school
  • Assistant in a children’s centre
  • Practitioner in a nursery school
  • Pre-school worker

Exam details

GCSE Maths: Paper 1 - non-calculator

  • Type: Written examination
  • Duration: one hour
  • Weighting: 33⅓% of the GCSE
  • Total marks: 80
  • Assessed: Content from all parts of the course
  • Assessment type: A mix of question styles, from short, single-mark questions to multi-step problems

GCSE Maths: Paper 2: non-calculator

  • Type: Written examination
  • Duration: one hour
  • Weighting: 33⅓% of the GCSE
  • Total marks: 80
  • Assessed: Content from all parts of the course
  • Assessment type: A mix of question styles, from short, single-mark questions to multi-step problems

GCSE Maths: Paper 3 - calculator

  • Type: Written examination
  • Duration: one hour
  • Weighting: 33⅓% of the GCSE
  • Total marks: 80
  • Assessed: Content from all parts of the course
  • Assessment type: A mix of question styles, from short, single-mark questions to multi-step problems

GCSE English: Paper 1 - explorations in creative reading and writing

What’s assessed

Section A: Reading – one literature fiction text

Section B: Writing – descriptive or narrative writing

Assessment

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Total marks: 80 marks
  • Weighting: 50% of GCSE

Questions

Reading (40 marks / 25% – one single text)

  • one short form question (one x four marks)
  • two longer form questions (two x eight marks)
  • one extended question (one x 20 marks)

Writing (40 marks / 25%)

  • One extended writing question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)

GCSE English: Paper 2 - writers' viewpoints and perspectives

What’s assessed

Section A: Reading – one non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text

Section B: Writing – writing to present a viewpoint

Assessment

  • written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Total marks: 80 marks
  • Weighting: 50% of GCSE

Questions

Reading (40 marks / 25% – two linked texts)

  • One short form question (one x four marks)
  • Two longer form questions (one x eight marks, and one x twelve marks)
  • One extended question (one x 16 marks)

Writing (40 marks / 25%)

  • One extended writing question (24 marks for content, 16 marks for technical accuracy)

Non-examination assessment: spoken language

What’s assessed

  • Presenting
  • Responding to questions and feedback
  • Use of Standard English
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