Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools and Colleges (STL qualification) is a competency-based teaching assistant qualification based on national occupational standards. On this course, you’ll achieve a ‘job-ready’ teaching assistant qualification which requires learners to demonstrate the skills and knowledge required to work as a teaching assistant. At the end of this course, you will be fully qualified to apply for the role of teaching assistant.
This NCFE CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching & Learning aims to enable learners to understand the roles and responsibilities of those involved in supporting teaching and learning in schools 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, 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 a school.
This Level 3 Teaching Assistant Certificate is suitable for all teaching support staff roles in schools and colleges, including learning support assistant, teaching assistant, and those who work directly with children and young people and those who require initial training or an induction to a new role.
Important: Please note, to complete this course you’ll also have to do a placement in a school working with learners studying key stages 1 and upwards – not children in nursery or reception. This is because learners need to show competence through working or on a practical placement in a learning environment during this course. CACHE recommends you understand 100 hours of placement.
CACHE stands for the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education, and are the leading specialist Awarding Organisation for the Care and Education Sector.
Up to 200 hours | which is around 30 minutes per day for 12 months.
You have up to a year to complete this course, we suggest a number of study hours of up to 200 hours, which is around 30 minutes per day for 12 months. This is usually ample time for learners, even with full-time jobs and other commitments. Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for a small fee, which also extends your tutor support.
Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, presentations, video/audio recordings, and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This information will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.
There will be a requirement for you to have a class teacher/mentor/supervisor who will also add evidence of your competence to your portfolio. It’s important that you provide the contact details of these individuals and the schools that they work at to your tutor.
Your course is assessed in two different ways as you progress through your course and there are 11 mandatory units.
During your course, you will compile a portfolio of evidence which demonstrates your learning against various assessment criteria of the course. Some portfolio evidence will need to be witnessed by a competent person in the workplace hence students must be employed in a school or arrange and complete a work experience placement.
You’ll need to be observed in a suitable workplace (employed or voluntary) whilst carrying out various tasks for 100 hours in total. Observation can be by a qualified teacher, assessor, or a higher level of management. You can either find yourself an observer, or, for an additional fee, we can send one of our tutors to come observe you.
Important: Please note, your placement will be in a school working with learners studying key stages 1 and upwards – not children in nursery or reception.
This is a regulated qualification that is internally assessed and externally quality assured. Staff involved in the assessment of this qualification are able to demonstrate that they have the relevant occupational knowledge and competence, at the same level or higher as the units being evaluated.
The completion of an ‘Evidence Record’ and ‘Record of Assessment Cycle’ form is mandatory. This will be provided and your tutor will detail exactly what is needed.
In 2015, NCFE acquired CACHE. As of September 2017, our CACHE courses will now be known as NCFE CACHE, and you will receive your certificate from both awarding bodies.
This qualification comes with NCFE CACHE Level 3 certification. NCFE CACHE have been developing courses in the childcare, education and healthcare sectors since 1945 and are one of the most reputable awarding bodies for qualifications in the UK and overseas. Practitioners working in these areas are much more employable having gained NCFE CACHE certification and many employers specifically ask for their qualifications when taking on members of staff.
Prepare yourself for work in a learning environment. Gain knowledge of the structures of education; how schools are organised; school ethos, mission, aims and values; legislative and policy frameworks, as well as the wider context in which schools operate.
Develop the skills to support children and young people’s health and safety in a learning environment. You’ll learn to recognise, manage and assess risks to health, safety and security; uncover responses to accidents, incidents, and emergencies; and find out how to administer medication.
Acquire an understanding of essential procedures necessary to safeguard children and young adults. You’ll learn about affiliating with organisations, responding to evidence regarding abuse or harm, and steps to ensure the well-being of children and young adults. The unit contains material on e-safety.
Identify the knowledge and competence needed to effectively communicate and develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults.
Discover how children and young people develop from birth to 19 years, including key underpinning theoretical perspectives. You’ll gain insight into varying factors that influence development, as well as what actions to take should any differences in development occur.
Develop the skills to support positive behaviour in children and young people. You’ll look at policies and procedures, learn how to promote positive behaviour and manage challenging behaviour of learners.
Recognise the skills needed to support all learning activities, including planning, preparation, delivery, assessment and the review cycle.
Gain the ability to provide English and maths support across teaching and learning. You’ll learn a range of strategies that develop a learner’s confidence to read, write, communicate and solve mathematical problems.
*Please note that in Welsh speaking schools, all learning outcomes and assessment criteria can be delivered and achieved in the context of the Welsh rather than the English language.
Develop the capacity to offer ICT support across all teaching and learning environments. You’ll become familiar with policies and procedures, resource preparation, as well as the skills needed to promote learning and support learners to review their achievements.
Attain the knowledge to support assessment learning. You’ll gain awareness for assessment strategies to promote learning and support learners to review their learning strategies and achievements. You’ll also recognise the importance of working with teachers to review assessments for learning processes and outcomes.
This unit is vital to people working with children or young people in a range of learning environments. You’ll consider your own personal development, reflective practice and performance evaluation, which is fundamental to this role.
You will have access to your personal tutor, via email and telephone, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.
We provide all the specially written learning materials you require to study this course at home. The course fee also includes tutor support for 12 months.
No, this course is assessed by coursework alone.
No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.
During your placement, observation by a qualified teacher, assessor, or potentially, a higher level person of management, is required to complete your course. You can find yourself an observer, or we can send one of our tutors to come observe you. There will be an additional cost starting from £250 per day for us to come and assess you. However, there will be a discounted rate based on total number of days you need to be observed or assessed. This can be discussed with your tutor to ensure it meets your personal requirements as a learner.
You don’t need any prior skills in the subject area to start. However, as with all of our courses, we recommend a reasonable level of English reading and writing ability.
That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).
Genuinely enjoying this learning experience.
Fluid enrolment and excellent customer service.
Any questions I have emailed to my tutor have been responded to very quickly and the course advisor was so helpful when I joined. I’m really enjoying completing this course.
Friendly advice and very welcoming. This course was very informative, the layout was great and enjoyed doing it. I did have a couple of questions but I contacted my tutor who was very knowledgable and supportive and answered my questions straight away. Very pleased. Would recommend.
Progress is slow due to my other commitments but that’s not the courses fault. Looking forward to really getting into it properly when I start my maternity leave.
This is the second course I have studied with you and I shall definitely be studying with you again, I have studied with other colleges over the years and feel as though you care more, I never once felt segregated or on my own on this course. Your tutors get back to you in a timely manner and have constructive criticism and praise. Very thankful I chose this college.
Oxbridge won its first award of 2019 for outstanding levels of customer service and student satisfaction. If you’re looking for a provider that cares, then look no further!
We felt privileged to be named runner-up for this prestigious award for our contribution to education and regional growth with the Birmingham Post.
We were awarded this shiny trophy for building an excellent reputation as a course provider on emagister. We’re dedicated to helping people to learn without limits.
Rewarded for how innovative, supportive, and driven the Oxbridge team is providing dynamic, fun learning experiences that give learners the tools needed to succeed.
The public have spoken, naming Oxbridge the best Small Business in Birmingham for all round excellence as a distance learning college and its community involvement.
Matt Jones, founder of Oxbridge, scooped his second Entrepreneur award in 2018 for his commitment to education, employment and the community of West Midlands.
Our amazing leader, Matt Jones, took home Nachural’s ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ award for his incredible dedication to education across the West Midlands region.
The public voted our leader, Matt Jones, the most influential businessperson of 2018 for his positive impact on people’s live within the community and business worlds.
Oxbridge’s students and learning support team are guided to success by Matt Jones, who won his third ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ award with the Birmingham Post 2018.