Study Programme

Call our team today on 0191 240 8833 or email [email protected] for support and advice on planning a bespoke programme that meets your needs.

Study programmes from NCFE are designed to provide 16 -19 year old learners with a structured and challenging learning experience to support their development and progression, whether that is on to further study or their dream career.

Our study programmes meet the requirements of the Department for Education and are supported by our award-winning customer service and our high quality learning resources.

The study programme is a bespoke programme of learning and is made up of a substantial qualification, with learning time allocated to English and Maths, if required, additionality qualifications and a work placement. NCFE can provide you with a full-time solution to support your learners to success.

Study Programme Principles

1. NCFE’s substantial qualifications:

NCFE offer a range of qualifications across a number of sectors, to give your learners the choice and flexibility to learn in a way that’s best for them. All of our level 3 substantial qualifications attract UCAS points, to support higher education.

Applied Generals are level 3 qualifications aimed at post-16 learners who wish to continue their education through applied learning. Our Applied General qualifications are included in the performance tables for technical and vocational qualifications. These qualifications don’t require work placements/employer involvement in the delivery of the qualification and are assessed through a mixture of internal and external assessment.

Substantial qualifications are level 2 and 3 qualifications aimed at post-16 learners to develop their knowledge and skills in their chosen vocational area. These qualifications are assessed through a portfolio of evidence with no external assessment and may be suitable for a variety of learners including those who do not perform at their best under exam conditions.

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2. CACHE Substantial Qualifications

CACHE is the leading sector specialist in Health, Social Care and Childcare and the following CACHE qualifications are available as part of our study programme offer. This is a great start in the growing care sectors under an industry recognised brand with a reputation for excellence.

Tech Certs and Tech Levels are level 2 and 3 qualifications aimed at post-16 learners to equip them with the knowledge and skills they need for skilled employment or further technical study. Tech Certs and Tech levels do have elements of work placement, which allows learners to apply knowledge in real work environments. You can find details of work placements in the qualification specifications. Please visit the CACHE website for details of these qualifications.

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NCFE CACHE Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Award in Child Development and Care

NCFE CACHE Technical Level 3 Certificate in Childcare and Education

NCFE CACHE Technical Level 3 Certificate in Health and Social Care

NCFE CACHE Technical Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education (Early Years Educator)

NCFE CACHE Technical Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care (Early Years Educator)

3. English and maths

Maths and English are an important component of the study programme. Learners are expected to hold at least a GCSE in maths and English (grade 4 or grade C). Learners who have achieved a grade 2 or below or grade E or below are able to study an alternative qualification such as Functional Skills.

Students could increase their chances of success of achieving maths or English by studying Functional skills as there is a focus on developing practical skills and applying them to real-life situations.  

Find out more about NCFE Functional skills

4. Additionality

Smaller qualifications from NCFE and CACHE are designed to complement a learner’s 16-19 full time programme. They develop learners’ transferrable skills, improve confidence and help with their employment outcomes and support progression.

From CV writing to health and safety, to substance misuse, we carry a huge range of small qualifications which can have a big impact on learner achievement. 

Higher Level studies 

These level 3 qualifications are for learners who are considering studying at a higher level and would like to develop their higher level study skills. These qualifications attract UCAS points.

NCFE Level 3 Award in Higher Level Studies

NCFE Level 3 Extended Award in Higher Level Studies

Employability qualifications

We also offer a range of qualifications to help your learners land that dream job. So whether it’s finding the right career path, pulling together the perfect CV or developing sound enterprise skills, we have the qualifications to support your learner’s study programme.

NCFE Level 1 Award in Employability Skills

NCFE Level 1 Award in CV Writing

NCFE Level 2 Award in Job Search and Interview Skills

NCFE Level 1 Award in Health and Safety awareness

NCFE Level 2 Award in Occupational Studies for the Workplace

Find out more about our fundable units

Extra support

Learners might benefit from a range of qualifications to support their personal development and understanding of issues that could affect them or those around them,

NCFE CACHE Level 1 Award in Mental Health Awareness

NCFE CACHE Level 1 Award in Substance Misuse Awareness

NCFE CACHE Level 1 Award in Sexual Health Awareness

NCFE CACHE Level 1 Award in Alcohol Awareness

NCFE CACHE Level 1 Award in Stress Awareness

Work Experience

Is a key principle of the 16-19 study programme. It aims to give young people the opportunity to develop their career choices and improve those critical employability skills needed for real working conditions.

Qualifications we offer that could help prepare a learner for work experience

NCFE Level 1 Award in Personal and Social Development

NCFE Level 1 Award in Volunteering

UCAS points

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Find out the UCAS points of NCFE qualifications by looking at the NCFE qualifications with UCAS tariff points webpage. 

Get in touch today to find out how we can help you build a tailored programme of study for your 16-19 learners. Call our team today on 0191 240 8833 or email [email protected] for support and advice on planning a bespoke programme that meets your needs.