Diploma in Childcare & Education (NCFE CACHE Technical Level 3 Early Years Educator)
What is the Course About?
This course is a full-time, two-year course with work placement and is aimed at those working or wishing to work in early year’s education and care. This gold standard qualification ensures that the best training and professional standards are followed, resulting in early years professionals with excellent career prospects and the skills and expertise that employers and learners are looking for.
What will I study?
On this course you will learn a range of topics, including:
Child developmental theories.
Observation and assessment of children.
Supporting children’s health care needs.
Play, learning and curriculum.
Child protection and legislation.
Diversity and inclusion.
Development of professional practice.
How can I find out more about the course?
If you apply for this course, you will be invited to an Information Sharing Appointment (ISA) when you will be given more detailed information about the course and when you’ll be able to ask any questions you may have.
When will I get a timetable?
Timetables are issued during Induction in September.
A quick guide to course fees
What happens once I have applied?
We will send you an email to let you know we have received your application. If you are new to the course area you have applied for, you will be invited to an Information Sharing Appointment (ISA) along with all other applicants to the course.
Please note: applicants are invited to ISAs depending on the date the application was received (there is limited capacity for each ISA so you may not be invited to the same one as other applicants who have applied for the same course). You will receive your invitation via email, to the email address you used when setting up your UCM Learner Portal.
Sometimes we get a high volume of applications for particular courses. If your first choice course is popular, we’ll let you know and ask if you would like us to process your second choice course as well. This doesn’t mean you won’t be considered for your first choice it just provides you with a back-up plan.
If you are an international/UK applicant someone from UCM will contact you remotely. It is essential that you have uploaded copies of your results/ certificates and relevant translations of grades/ certificates. Please note, if you are an international applicant and your application is received later than the end of May (i.e. three months before the start of the academic year) we will not be able to process it as the immigration processes would exceed the timescale required to start in September.
What do I need to know about Information Sharing Appointments (ISAs)?
Do I have to attend an ISA?
If you are invited to an ISA, you must attend!
What happens if I can’t attend the ISA I’m invited to?
Please let us know and we will make sure you are invited to an ISA on a different date.
What happens if I don’t attend an ISA?
If you fail to attend two ISAs without letting us know why, we will assume you don’t want us to continue with your application.
How long will the ISA take?
The ISA will start at 4:30 p.m.
(If parents/carers bring you to the ISA, they can wait in the College’s refectory; there are vending machines available.)
What can I expect at the ISA?
A presentation about the course and a one to one chat with staff.
What should I wear?
Smart casual, comfortable clothes.
What will I need to bring?
Your Record of Achievement and a smile.
Who do I contact if I have mobility or additional educational needs that I would like to discuss before the ISA?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
What happens once I’ve attended an ISA?
We will contact you within 5 working days of the ISA to either:
make you an unconditional offer (i.e. a definite place on the course);
make you a conditional offer (i.e. a place on the course IF you get the results required in the summer exams);
suggest you apply for another course because the one you have applied for is not suitable for you (if this is the case it is likely we will have discussed this with you during the ISA).
What happens if I get an unconditional offer?
You will be invited in to enrol, which is when you are given your student card. This may happen in the summer, if not you will be enrolled at the start of your course.
What happens if I get a conditional offer?
If you have applied for an FE course, you will need to upload your results to your UCM Learner Portal, once you get them (e.g. GCSE, BTEC). We will then check to see you have got what is needed for the course and, if you have, we will convert your offer to unconditional, which means you definitely have a place on the course. You will be enrolled at the start of your course (that’s when you get your student card).
If you are unlucky and don’t get what you need for the course you applied for, you will be invited in to find out what else is available to you at UCM.
What are my progression and career options?
Upon completion of this course you may seek employment as an Early Years Educator or you progress to higher education.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed through a theory and practice
Theory: 13 mandatory unit assignments, two of which are externally set and marked assessment tasks.
Practice: a portfolio of practice evidence, professional development portfolio and reflective journal.
Four GCSEs at grade C or above including Mathematics and English
A genuine desire to work with children and young people.
Experience of working with children and young people is advantageous.
A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to ensure that you are suitable to work with children and a health check will need to be completed prior to the start of the course.