We offer a huge range of childcare courses and qualifications all designed to be studied online or with a study pack from home. Leading a busy life shouldn’t mean you miss out on the opportunity to learn, develop your career, and achieve your goals. Whether you’re juggling a job, looking after a family, or have other life commitments, with our range of distance learning courses you can study at your own pace, in your own time. Including courses in early years, child psychology, and teaching, here you’ll find out everything you need to know.


CACHE courses

The majority of the courses we offer within the childcare and education sector are CACHE qualifications.

Who are CACHE?

The Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education (CACHE) are the UK’s leading provider of vocational qualifications for those working within care and education. CACHE qualifications are recognised across the education and care industries and they are amongst the most well-known and respected

Our range of CACHE vocational qualifications are suitable for individuals involved in early years, education, childcare, and health and social care. All courses lead to a nationally recognised Ofqual regulated qualification and are accredited on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). CACHE work closely with employers and learners to ensure that students have a progression route whether it’s into further study, a career, or university.

These qualifications have helped millions of people obtain the skills and knowledge they need to meet the professional standards required in the care, education, and health industries.

Types of CACHE qualifications

Certain CACHE qualifications are available as either an award, certificate, or diploma. These are known as nested qualifications. Nested qualifications allow learners to top up their previous studies in a subject to achieve the next qualification in the group. This allows learners to progress from the award to the certificate and then the diploma.

CACHE Alumni Membership

Once you have enrolled on your CACHE course, you will have access to the CACHE Alumni Membership for two years. CACHE Alumni is a professional membership network for those who work in the care, health and education industries, providing valuable resources and advice for your studies when working towards/with a CACHE qualification.


TQUK courses

Training Qualifications UK (TQUK) are another awarding body who endorses a number of our childcare and education-related courses. TQUK are an Ofqual regulated awarding body. They cover courses in first aid, health and safety, food safety, education and training.

TQUK courses are not official qualifications, but they are recognised by industry employers. Their courses are an ideal way to boost your knowledge in a specific subject and progress with your professional development. At the end of your TQUK course you will receive a certificate of achievement to demonstrate that you have completed a course which has provided you with knowledge relevant to your career.


Our early years courses are ideal for those wanting to work with children from birth up to the age of five. These courses cover all you need to know about the development and care of younger children and are ideal for those wanting to work in early years settings such as nurseries and preschools, as well as those looking to become a childminder or nanny.

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Teaching assistant and support work courses

Our teaching assistant and support worker courses are ideal for those looking to work in a support role in a school or college setting. Whether you’re just starting out in your career or you’re already working in education, our courses cover everything you need to know.

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Courses in this section are for those wanting to work with those people with special educational needs. These courses are designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to support those with additional needs effectively. You will have the opportunity to boost your professional development and expand your skillset through studying this range of courses.


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Children and young people’s wellbeing courses

Our courses here offer ways for you to expand your knowledge and skills to better support the wellbeing of the children and young people you work with on a daily basis.



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Frequently Asked Questions

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We are delighted that you are considering joining us to study and take pleasure in welcoming you to our family.

Open Study College is one of the UK’s leading distance learning colleges. We provide a range of childcare courses that enable you to study at your own pace, in your own environment either online or via printed materials sent to your home.

We understand that choosing a course is a big decision. That’s why we have a team of friendly, knowledgeable advisers that can help you choose the right childcare course for you.

Over the past 15 years, we’ve enrolled over 100,000 people on courses that have improved their education and their career prospects!

Our advisers can answer any questions you may have, talk you through our finance options, and get you enrolled over the telephone.

As a family-founded college, we think of our learners as extended members of our family. We’re all here to help you achieve your goals in life, whatever they may be.

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