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Children and Young People’s Workforce – Residential Childcare Pathway (Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3)

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Apprenticeship outline

The Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare is specifically designed for learners wanting to work in residential care with children in a care role.

To achieve the Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare, you must achieve a minimum of 61 credits overall. 53 credits must be achieved from (301-316).

Learners must also complete a minimum of 3 units from (317 – 323) to achieve a minimum of 8 credits.

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Children and Young People's Workforce - Residential Childcare - Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3)


18 months

Level Level 3
Entry requirements

You will need to be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week in a relevant job but we can assist you in finding a placement.

You will need to achieve Level 2 English and Maths by the end of your apprenticeship unless you already hold an equivalent qualification. All applicants will be required to undertake an assessment in English and maths prior to enrolling and achieve Level 1 as a minimum.

Adults who are aged 19+ with appropriate industry experience but without the necessary qualifications are welcome to apply.

Teaching & assessment

You will need to meet all of the assessment criteria for knowledge, skills and competence included in the Level 3 Diploma using assessment methods such as observation, written assignments, professional discussions, reflective accounts, witness testimonies and questions and answers.

Functional Skills will be assessed through exams.


You may be able to progress onto the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Residential Childcare (England) (4340-51).

New residential care workers will need to achieve the qualification within two years from employment.

This qualification will be the accepted qualification for registration and regulation where appropriate and can demonstrate continuing professional development

Additional information

This qualification confirms competence in this area and serves as the required qualification (for all new practitioners) for registration and regulatory requirements in the early learning and childcare sector, children's social care and residential childcare.

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