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NCFE CACHE Level 3 Applied General Award for Early Years, Childcare and Education
Health, Public Services and Care,Early Years Educator
Learning Resources Available, Performance Points, UCAS
Registration & certification fee:
Minimum entry age:
This qualification has been allocated UCAS points. Please refer to the UCAS website for further details of the points allocation and the most up-to-date information.
The Department for Education (DfE) has confirmed that this qualification (subject to any future reviews by the DfE) has been approved for inclusion within the 2022, 2023 and 2024 Key Stage 5 performance tables. Please see the latest KS5 performance tables on the DfE website for more information.
The DfE have confirmed that the additional retake opportunity in place for the 2018/19 academic year for all Tech Levels and Applied General qualifications will continue to be offered while the moratorium for 16-18 performance tables is in place. This includes Tech Levels and Applied General qualifications which will be counted in 2022 and 2023 performance tables.
About this qualification:
The Level 3 Applied General Award for Early Years, Childcare and Education enables learners to develop knowledge and understanding of child development, education and care, which will allow them to progress to study in further education, higher education or join the workplace as an apprentice. This qualification is the equivalent, in size and rigour, to that of an AS Level.
In this qualification learners will develop an understanding of:
• diverse childcare settings and the role of the childcare professional
• roles, responsibilities, skills and attributes for working in childcare settings
• types and functions of childcare services
• significant milestones and relevant theories related to human development.
In this qualification learners will develop practical skills and techniques in:
• teamwork and partnership building
• professional and personal development
These underpinning, transferrable skills will benefit learners if they choose to progress to higher education.
Bundles for CACHE Applied Generals
It is possible to register on both the award and the certificate in this suite at the same time and pay one fee. To do this you should use bundle code NDF0758 'Applied General Award and Certificate in Early Years, Childcare and Education Bundle'.
Please note you will not be able to use the top up function on our system for this suite.
Who is it suitable for?
This qualification is for learners aged 16 or over with an interest in childcare and early years, who wish to progress to higher education.
Learners must be at least 16 years old. We do not set any other entry requirements but Centres may have their own guidelines.
This qualification has the following UCAS Points - P - 8, M - 16, D - 24, D* - 28.
Learners will need to complete two mandatory units and one external assessment in the form of a scenario based short answer examination.
All units for this qualification will be internally assessed using a variety of methods. In addition, learners will be required to achieve a minimum of a pass grade for a synoptic short answer examination, which will be externally set and externally assessed.
Upon achievement of this qualification learners will be able to progress onto the Level 3 Applied General Certificate for Early Years, Childcare and Education.
This qualification will prepare learners and assist them to progress to higher education and apprenticeship courses such as an Advanced Apprenticeship for the Children and Young People’s Workforce or Early Years Educator, which leads to vocationally related employment in early years and childcare with a licence to practice.
The Level 3 Applied General Award for Early Years, Childcare and Education enables learners to prepare for employment in job roles such as:
• assistant in children's centres
• practitioner in day nurseries
• practitioner in nursery schools
• practitioner in reception classes in primary schools
• pre-school worker.
External assessment timetable
Please see the external assessment timetable for a breakdown of the assessment dates for this qualification.
NCFE have password protected the latest external assessment past-paper, mark scheme and chief examiner report. You are now able to use these as current and valid mock assessments. To access the documents, you will need a Portal login. If you do not have a Portal login please contact your Portal administrator.
The Role of the Early Years, Childcare and Education Practitioner (L/616/8995)
Human Development From Conception to 19 Years (R/616/8996)
External Assessment Short Answer Examination (AGAEYCE)