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CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools

CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools
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This course is available in Paper or Online format


The course is available to learners 16+ who are working within a school or college, particularly in the role of a Teaching Assistant, Classroom Assistant or Learning Support Assistant. It is a competence based qualification which requires students to be employed in a school/college setting or to have placement. In particular it is for those members of the education workforce who directly support teaching & learning of pupils.

The qualification is designed for those learners already working or volunteering in a learning support role in a school or college environment who want to develop their knowledge and skills or confirm occupational competency. There is a requirement for assessment in a real work environment so learners must have a placement (either as a volunteer or as a member of staff) in a school/college environment. Learners must be at least 16 to take this qualification.


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Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools Level 3

Course code: CLD22

Delivery method: Paper Based or Online

Course duration: 12 Months

Entry requirements: No prior qualification needed

Award achieved: CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools

Ofqual Qual No: 603/2498/3

Awarding body: CACHE


The course aims to enable learners to understand the roles and responsibilities of those involved in supporting teaching and learning in schools and colleges, and provides an opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge required to do this effectively and in a self-directed way. It prepares learners to support the teacher and the delivery of curriculum within a school or college, as well as developing skills to help children and young people to develop self-esteem, independence and skills for learning. It seeks to further develop professional and technical skills and knowledge, and an understanding of the importance of positive relationships within education.

Learners will also develop a wide range of personal, transferable skills, such as teamwork, mentoring, communication skills, self – assessment, planning and personal development which will benefit them as they progress through employment roles.


Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching & Learning (CACHE)

Ofqual Qual No: 603/2498/3

Unit 1 Schools and colleges as organisations

  • the structure of education from early years to post-compulsory education
  • how schools and colleges are organised in terms of roles and responsibilities
  • teamwork in schools and colleges
  • educational ethos, mission, aims and values
  • Ofqual Ref: T/616/5878

Unit 2 Support health and safety in a learning environment  

  • plan and provide environments that support children and young people’s health and safety
  • recognise and manage risks to health, safety and security in a learning environment or during off-site visits
  • support children and young people to assess and manage risk for themselves
  • appropriate responses to accidents, incidents, emergencies and illness in the learning environment and during off-site visits
  • own role in assisting in the administration of medication
  • Ofqual Ref: A/616/5879

Unit 3 Understand how to safeguard children and young people  

  • legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding children and young people
  • how to work in partnership with other organisations to safeguard children and young people
  • the need to ensure children and young people’s safety and protection in the learning environment
  • how to respond to evidence or concerns that a child or young person has been abused or harmed
  • how to work with children and young people to support their well-being
  • Ofqual Ref: M/616/5880

Unit 4 Develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults 

  • the principles of developing positive relationships with children, young people and adults
  • legislation, policies and procedures for confidentiality and sharing information, including data protection
  • develop professional relationships with children and young people
  • communicate with children and young people
  • develop professional relationships with adults
  • support children and young people in developing relationship
  • support inclusion and inclusive practices in work with children and young people
  • Ofqual Ref: T/616/5881

Unit 5 Understand how children and young people develop

  • the expected pattern of development for children and young people from birth to 19 years
  • the factors that influence children and young people’s development and how these affect practice
  • monitor children and young people’s development and interventions that should take place if this is not following the expected pattern
  • Ofqual Ref: A/616/5882

Unit 6 Support positive behaviour in children and young people  

  • policies and procedures for promoting children and young people’s positive behaviour in a learning environment
  • promote positive behaviour
  • manage behaviour that challenges in a learning environment
  • Ofqual Ref: F/616/5883

Unit 7 Support children and young people during learning activities  

  • contribute to planning learning activities
  • prepare for learning activities
  • support learning activities
  • observe and report on learner participation and progress
  • contribute to the evaluation of learning activities
  • Ofqual Ref: J/616/5884

Unit 8 Support English and maths skills

  • identify learner needs for English and maths support
  • provide English support to help learners access teaching and learning
  • provide maths support to help learners access teaching and learning
  • Ofqual Ref: L/616/5885

Unit 9 Support the use of ICT in the learning environment  

  • policy and procedures for the use of ICT for teaching and learning
  • prepare ICT resources for use in teaching and learning
  • support the use of ICT for teaching and learning
  • Ofqual Ref: M/616/5958

Unit 10 Support assessment for learning  

  • purpose and characteristics of assessment for learning
  • use assessment strategies to promote learning
  • support learners in reviewing their learning strategies and achievements
  • contribute to reviewing assessment for learning
  • maintain learner records
  • Ofqual Ref: J/616/5965

Unit 11 Engage in personal and professional development  

  • what is required for competence in own work role
  • reflect on organisational practice
  • evaluate own performance
  • agree a personal development plan
  • use learning opportunities and reflective practice to contribute to personal development
  • Ofqual Ref: L/616/5966

Pack/Course Contents

Your study pack is dispatched in full at the time of enrolment and provides all you need to complete your studies:

  • Studyguide
  • Comprehensive study notes for each element of the course
  • Assignments
  • Tutor support
  • Assignment marking & feedback
  • Accreditation & Certification

Course Endorsement

Course Accreditation

CACHE Level 3 certificate in Supporting Teaching & Learning 

Ofqual Qual No: 603/2498/3

This course provides successful students with a qualification from NCFE – CACHE, regulated by Ofqual. CACHE is an Awarding Organisation recognised by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) in England and by the Welsh Government.

This is a competence based qualification suitable for all learning support roles in schools and colleges, including site staff, administrators etc as well as those who work directly with children and young people. It seeks to develop the knowledge understanding and skills that all those working in a school/college setting will need and covers areas such as safeguarding, communication and understanding the learning context.

Please Note: a work placement sufficient to undertake the range of experiences required is needed to complete this qualification.

Method of Study

The course is designed for study by distance learning at work or at home, but requires a placement in school or college.  Students receive course manual, assignments and studyguide plus tutor support by mail and email.  You can start at any time and plan your studies over a period of up to one year from the time of enrolment.  In addition, students of this qualification will need to arrange and undertake a work placement with which to provide practical skills development opportunities. There is no minimum duration for the placement but students should seek a placement sufficient to gather the evidence of learning required by each study unit of the course.

Method of Assessment

The course has 11 units and students must complete each unit. The course also covers the full syllabus of the Level 3 Award and Certificate in Supporting Teaching & Learning.

Students are required to compile a portfolio of evidence which demonstrates their learning and skills against each of the assessment criteria of the course.  Portfolios are assessed by a tutor.  Some portfolio evidence will need to be witnessed by a competent person in the workplace hence students must be employed in school or college, or arrange and complete a voluntary work experience placement.

Course Length Information

Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies.  The course will take around 250 hours of study to compete.

Tutor Support

You will have access to a tutor via email who will mark your work and guide you through the course and will assist you with any problems you may have. In addition you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process.