NCFE CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching & Learning

Our course code: X300

Course fee: £595 or from £45 per month

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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.

On this Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching & Learning course, you will:

  • Prepare to support the teacher with the delivery of the curriculum
  • Develop skills to help children and young people from 5 years of age develop self-esteem, independence and skills for learning
  • Further, develop your professional and technical skills and knowledge
  • Cover areas such as safeguarding, communication and understanding the school context.

A ‘job-ready’ qualification that prepares you to support the teacher and the delivery of curriculum within a school.

  • A formal qualification

    This course is a formally recognised RQF qualification and is recognised throughout the UK, Europe and beyond.

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  • Awarding body: NCFE CACHE
  • Our course code: X300
  • Qualification code: 603/2498/3
  • Official Qualification Title: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

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.

Study Hours

Total Qualification Time: 350 hours.

Guided Learning Hours: 210, which is around 30 minutes per day for 12 months.

Study Method

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.

Course Duration

You have up to a year to complete this course, we suggest a number of Guided Learning Hours of up to 210 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 an additional fee, which also extends your tutor support.

Assessment

During your course, you will compile a portfolio of evidence which demonstrates your learning against various assessment criteria. Some portfolio evidence will need to be witnessed by a suitably competent person in the workplace. Therefore, students must be employed in a school or arrange and complete a work experience placement.

Observation:

You’ll need to be observed in a suitable workplace (employed or voluntary) whilst carrying out relevant tasks for 100 hours in total. This observation can be completed by a qualified teacher, assessor, or a higher level of management.

If you arrange your own observer, they will need to be suitably qualified and evidence of this will be required. If needed, your tutor can provide information, support and training for your chosen observer to fully understand the requirements of observation. Find out what is required of an assessor here. If you are unable to find a suitable observer, we can send one of our tutors to observe you for an additional fee, just let us know.

Course Outcomes

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.

Additional Information

Official Qualification Title - NCFE CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

Difficulty - Level 3

Entry requirements - You don't need any prior skills in the subject area to start this course. Our Level 3 Certificate has been perfectly designed to enable you to enrol straight onto this course rather than start at Level 2.

Minimum Enrolment Age - 16 years

Credits - 35

Course Content

1: Schools and colleges as organisations

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.

2: Support health and safety in a learning environment

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.

3: Understand how to safeguard children and young people

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.

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

Identify the knowledge and competence needed to effectively communicate and develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults.

5: Understand how children and young people develop

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.

6: Support positive behaviour in children and young people

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.

7: Support children and young people during learning activities

Recognise the skills needed to support all learning activities, including planning, preparation, delivery, assessment and the review cycle.

8: Support English and maths skills

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.

9: Support the use of ICT in the learning environment

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.

10: Support assessment for learning

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.

11: Engage in personal and professional development

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

You will receive everything you need to complete this course within the study pack we send to you.If a class teacher is unable to observe and provide supporting evidence for you, we can provide an assessor to come out to assess 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 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 is required to complete your course, conducted by a qualified teacher, assessor, or potentially, a higher-level manager. 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.  

If you arrange your own observer, they will need to be suitably qualified and evidence of this will be required. If needed, your tutor can provide information, support and training for your chosen observer to fully understand the requirements of observation. 

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.

Most students finish comfortably within the course duration period given. However, if you do need more time, your personal tutor support can be extended for an additional fee.

That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

Please check our FAQs section or Contact Us, we are happy to answer any questions you have.