What you'll Learn

This qualification will develop the knowledge and skills needed when working with children and young people in a residential childcare setting, including an understanding of child and young person development. It will enable the learner to gain essential skills and knowledge to support children and young people in residential childcare settings, including:

  • well-being and resilience
  • positive relationships and attachments,
  • health and safety
  • sexual exploitation
  • communication
  • positive behaviour and positive outcomes.

It also offers the learner the opportunity to cover optional topics which are particularly suited to specific residential childcare and respite care settings.

The Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare is part of the new children’s homes regulations which came into force in April 2015. It replaces the Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce (Social Care Pathway) as the required qualification for those working in children’s homes from April 2015.

Ideal if you are working, volunteering or on practical placement as you need to show competence in both knowledge and skills.

This qualification can help you to progress in a wide range of work roles including:

  • Residential childcare workers
  • Residential childcare managers
  • Registered Managers of Children’s Homes, plus Deputy and Assistant Managers
  • Residential Childcare Workers
  • Managers, deputy and assistant managers in other adult or children and young people’s social care

You can progress on to the Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management for Residential Childcare (England) (QCF), or a Foundation Degree in a related discipline.

What to expect

You will attend ½ day once a month tutorials here at Achievement Training Centre whereby you will meet with your named tutor who will have excellent subject knowledge and experience. Your tutor will support your throughout the qualification and will visit you at your work place to observe your practical skills. You will be provided with a detailed course programme, making your learning journey transparent for all. At centre you will have the opportunity to network with like-minded learners to share practice and access to different resources to support your learning including laptops, desktops, tablets and textbooks. At ATL we use a state of the art on line portfolio system. If you are an apprentice or employed on a full time basis you may be able to receive tutorials at your work setting.


Full Course Cost £2,882.00

Co-funded £1,441.00

Funding is available depending on your circumstances. FREE if you are either:

  • Aged 16-18
  • Aged 19+ Employed and earn less than £16,009.50
  • Aged 19+ Unemployed and in receipt of benefits
  • Advanced Learner Loans are available!