To start on this Level 3 course you need:
At least 4 GCSEs at grade C/4, including English and Maths
a relevant Level 2 qualification with at least 80% Merit profile, including English and Maths requirements.
You also need to have at least one week's work experience in a registered early years setting.
If you do not have the above qualifications, you may be able to start on our Level 1 or Level 2 course instead.
If English is not your first language, please click here for IELTS requirements.
Sam: “Light, relaxing and calm learning environment”.
Amy: “ Good tutors, get help when you ask for it”.
Becca: “The placements are of huge benefit to learning. I can see things I have learnt in the classroom and put it into practice in real situations. The tutors are really helpful and supportive”.
Zoe: “The tutors are helpful, I find going to placements helps with writing assignments and gaining knowledge and experience. Placements help us to keep up to date and also when we apply for jobs as we can show that we have experience and have references.”
Natalie: “The tutors have been very supportive and helped me gain confidence to apply to university”.
When I finished high school I was unsure of whether to go down the A Level or the CACHE diploma route. I am so glad I chose the CACHE diploma as I gained valuable experience/exposure within a range of childcare environments that developed my knowledge of how children grow and learn. In addition, it brought an awareness of different childcare and teaching practices.
Working in various environments also developed my ability to adapt and respond to different types of people. This is a key skill to have in teaching in order to effectively communicate with children, colleagues, parents and outside agencies.
I believe my CACHE diploma prepared me tremendously for the transition from college to university and as a result I was more confident in starting the BAPET Primary Teaching degree.
Now three years later I am just finishing my degree and am thrilled to say that I have been offered my first teaching post at a local school.
I thoroughly enjoyed my two years CACHE course and would highly recommend this route for anyone considering a career in primary school teaching.
I wanted to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks, to you and the rest of the Early Years team at Northbrook College. As a previous Early Years student at Northbrook college during 2008 – 2011, I can remember receiving great support and an outstanding education from the tutors within the Early Years department. I had returned to education after many years of being a mum and as well as holding down a part time job that I was not passionate about.
When I started at Northbrook College I was in a class of much younger students than myself but I was made to feel valued, welcomed and included by both staff and students and age was never an issue. Many of my class mates I am still in contact with today.
Though my confidence was low at first I was shown from the start true professional kindness and dedication from all the Early Years staff.
This helped me thrive forward within my professional development within Childcare. This was achieved due to the way staff planned interesting and interacting lessons, individual reviews, communicated with students well and organized wonderful placements.
In 2011 I qualified as a Level 3 Child Care Practitioner and started a full time job in a day nursery that had been my placement during college. I had finally got the job of my dreams. In 2012 I was promoted to room leader and I am now so passionate about what I do as every day something else puts a smile on my face. I will always highly recommend Northbrook College Early Years course as they are outstanding as I have personally experienced them first hand.
If you would like further information about this course or any other courses offered by Northbrook College please contact 0845 155 60 60