CACHE specific information

On this page you will find information relating specifically to CACHE qualifications that have been affected by the latest Government announcements.

With that in mind, this web page sets out our latest advice on:

  • submission of independent self-study assignments
  • adaptations for longitudinal study qualification components
  • adaptation templates for CACHE qualifications.


Submission of independent self-study assignments

For those assessments in February and March which are independent self-study, we know that learners may wish to undertake these because they have already begun these assessments / are prepared and ready to start / are still attending school or college.

Where this is the case, we will still accept the submission of these assessments by the dates below, and they will be marked and results issued as per the timetabled results release dates:


Qualification Name

Submission Date

Results Release


NCFE CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) (Northern Ireland)




NCFE CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma for Children’s Care, Learning and Development (Wales and Northern Ireland)



However, as above, if you decide to not go ahead with any of these exams or you feel that your learner is not suitably prepared for the assessment, please withdraw your learners from the assessment as soon as possible by contacting our Customer Support team on 0191 239 8000 or [email protected]. We will put arrangements in place to ensure these learners are not disadvantaged.

Adaptations for longitudinal study qualification components

We have released specific guidance around additional adaptations to the longitudinal component of the following qualifications:

Please take a look at the individual qualification pages on QualHub for the most up to date guidance.

Adaptation templates for CACHE qualifications

We're currently updating our adaptation templates for the following qualifications to provide you with more information. We will communicate details to impacted centres as soon as possible:





We want to again reassure you and your learners that we will put arrangements in place for learners who are now unable to take their external assessments, to ensure they are not disadvantaged. Ofqual’s consultation on arrangements for issuing grades this year for regulated VTQs closed on Friday 29 January. The responses to this survey are currently being analysed by Ofqual and the Department for Education and the outcomes will be published at the end of February. Read more. You can access further guidance from Government here.

Read more on set-time, set-date January exams, assessment windows, cancelled exams for February and March, continuation of online on-demand assessments and withdrawing learners.