Supporting Teaching and Learning

Qualification: NCFE CACHE Certificate
Level 3

This course is currently unavailable. Please register your interest below and we will let you know when it next becomes available.

About this course

This practical part-time course is for those who directly support the teaching and learning of children and young people in schools, colleges and educational settings. 

The Certificate and Diploma must be assessed in the workplace by a vocationally competent assessor to confirm occupational competence. You will need to be employed or volunteer in the educational setting for approximately 15 hours a week supporting pupils aged 5+. The Certificate will be achieved in one academic year. Topping up to the full Diploma can be completed afterwards, in just one term, and will cost an additional £810.

Those who are employed by an educational setting and working 20 hours a week may be eligible to do an apprenticeship. Apprenticeships are work-based learning programmes which allow you to gain a nationally recognised qualification whilst developing new skills in the workplace. Apprenticeships will be achieved in 18 months.

All candidates will need to attend weekly college sessions and spend approximately 3-6 hours home study each week.

Financial Support

* If you're aged 19 or over and are starting a further education course at level 3 or above, you may qualify for a 19+ Advanced Learning Loan. This course is eligible for a 19+ Loan – for more information on how to apply click here.

If you have any questions about this course, please contact us.

Tel: 023 8048 4848

What you will learn
  • Schools and colleges as organisations
  • Support health and safety in a learning environment
  • Understand how to safeguard children and young people
  • Develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Understand how children and young people develop
  • Support positive behaviour in children and young people
  • Support children and young people during learning activities
  • Support English and maths skills
  • Support the use of ICT in the learning environment
  • Support assessment for learning
  • Engage in personal and professional development
  • Support children and young people’s speech, language and communication
  • Understand how to support bilingual learners
  • Understand how to support learning of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities
  • Support children and young people during transitions
  • Support the role of play, leisure and extra-curricular activities for children and young people
Learning style

A variety of learning styles including online tasks, discussions, group working and debates.


Access to online resources and our on campus learning centre as well as PC and laptop's for assisting with your research.

  • You will be required to provide relevant evidence from your workplace to prove competency levels
  • Direct observation of performance takes place within your workplace
  • Refective journals
  • Written questions
  • Professional discussions

Observations are an ongoing process that requires your co-operation to ensure that your assessor is able to access your workplace to do this. 

Entry requirements
  • Level 2 in Literacy and Numeracy (we may consider working towards Level 2 in exceptional circumstances)
  • Level 2 qualification in Supporting Teaching and Learning or a related subject (we will consider significant experience as an alternative)
  • A good standard of ICT  
  • You will need to be employed in an educational setting for approximately 15 hours a week supporting pupils aged 5+ or supporting students in a Further Education setting working with learners with special educational needs
  • Working for a minimum of 200 hours per year in a school or college
  • Volunteers in schools considered
  • You will be required to attend a College interview prior to enrolling onto the course
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