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NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce (England)


The NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce (England) covers the knowledge and skills required to work in a child care role in a range of settings, where services support individuals with different needs. The qualification contains some units which are competence-based and some that are knowledge-based.

The qualification is aimed at care workers in a range of child care settings such as:

  • Education support workers who visit families of pre-school children in their homes
  • Foster carers
  • Children and families support workers
  • Children and family court advisory and support service advisers
  • Progression to further study for youth work
  • Professional assistant in social care
  • Family centre workers
  • Community care officer in social care.

This qualification covers a range of skills and knowledge relating to Leadership & Management of Child Care services in England, including: decision-making, safeguarding, leading and managing services, service improvement, leading person-centred care and governance and regulatory requirements.

Diploma Course Structure

The NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce (England) allows candidates to learn, develop & practice the skills & knowledge required for employment and/or career progression in child care in England. This also includes apprenticeships in social work, foundation degree programmes, and teaching, learning and assessment qualifications.

The NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce (England), you must achieve a minimum of 65 credits in total.

Mandatory Units 

  • J/601/1434 SHC 31 Promote communication in health, social care or children's and young people's settings
  • A/601/1429 SHC 32 Engage in personal development in health, social care or children's and young people's settings
  • Y/601/1437 SHC 33 Promote equality and inclusion in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
  • R/601/1436 SHC 34 Principles for implementing duty of care in health, social care or children's and young people's settings
  • L/601/1693 CYP Core 3.1 Understand child and young person development
  • R/601/1694 CYP Core 3.2 Promote child and young person development
  • Y/601/1695 CYP Core 3.3 Understand how to safeguard the well-being of children and young people
  • D/601/1696 CYP Core 3.4 Support children and young people's health and safety
  • H/601/1697 CYP Core 3.5 Develop positive relationships with children, young people and others involved in their care
  • K/601/1698 CYP Core 3.6 Working together for the benefit of children and young people
  • M/601/1699 CYP Core 3.7 Understand how to support positive outcomes for children and young people

Optional Units 

There is a range of optional units to choose from for this qualification. Your assessor will help you choose the best units to suit your requirements.


The cost of the course is £895+VAT. An observation fee is also payable subject to your location. Should you wish to pay in full by card please use code PIF10 for 10% off or call +44 (0)1472 240112. Interest-free payment plans are available to suit all budgets with no credit checks.


This is a competency-based qualification and evidence is gathered by the learner as they undertake their normal work role. This will form the basis for their portfolio. The evidence must reflect policies and procedures of the workplace as stated by current government legislation.

During the course of the qualification, the candidate should ideally work with at least two service users.

A range of assessment methods will be used by the assessor including examining work products and expert witness testimonies and direct observation. An assessor will visit you in the workplace at some point and undertake observations of you at work. This will be planned in advance in order to cause minimum disruption to your work routine and to try and capture as much information as possible in one visit.

Knowledge-based units will be assessed using a range of methods including reflective accounts, projects, assignments, assessor questions and professional discussions.

Learners will have full access to assessor support via Telephone, WhatsApp, Online chat, email and web links.


You will have full uncapped support for 12 months with allowances for those at 70% plus completed. Subject to tutor approval.  



Entry requirements

You must be working within a child care setting. The qualification is only available to candidates 19 years and older.

What is RQF?

The Qualifications and Credit Framework (RQF Regulated Qualification Framework) is the way of recognising achievement through the awarding of credits for qualifications and individual units and applies to England, .

It aims to provide a more flexible route to gaining qualifications and enables progression to be achieved in smaller steps through the accumulation of credit.

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