NCFE CACHE Supporting Teaching and Learning Level 4

The smarter way to become a Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA). Enhance your training with our Ofsted approved Supporting Teaching and Learning Level 4 qualification. Build upon existing classroom experience. Learn to mentor children of all ages. Become an advanced practitioner with desirable teaching skills and the ability to work in classroom settings unsupervised. With an STL Level 4, you can potentially earn up to £33,000.

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The Advantages of a Level 4 Teaching Assistant Qualification

Do you want to push your career as a teaching assistant? Gain more responsibility? Recognition? Better salary? Maybe you’re after those all-important leadership skills, so you can mentor others in school and college settings?If you’re nodding your head to those questions, you’ve come to the right place. Because the latest edition to our NCFE Suite gives classroom assistants a streamlined route to TA stardom. Delivered by expert tutors, your teacher training expands your knowledge, so you can better support people as individuals. You’ll develop insight into teaching theories, as well as partnership working, supporting mental health and SEND. You’ll cover age ranges from 5 years old and above.

Learn on the job! As a classroom assistant already working to a level 3 standard, you can continue to earn while you learn. Simply incorporate time for studying alongside your working day and within a year you’ll be even more qualified. You’ll have a friendly supervisor observing your work so that you can tick off key criteria. We do this to ensure you’re competent across all areas – and we’ll support you to ensure you always are!

Our Level 4 Supporting Teaching and Learning qualification is suitable for TAs:

  • Already working in learning support in a school – evidence needed of the last 12 months
  • Working at Level 3 looking for the next step in their professional development
  • Holding (or soon to hold) a Level 3 Teaching Support qualification, please note the STL Level 3 ‘Award’ is not accepted.
  • Wanting career progression or improved leadership and coaching skills
  • Considering further learning to advance into leadership positions within the education sector.

Enhance your teacher training with this Ofsted approved NCFE Supporting Teaching and Learning Level 4 Teaching Assistant qualification.
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 ref: X400
Qualification code: 603/2474/0
Official Qualification Title: NCFE CACHE Level 4 Certificate for the Advanced Practitioner in Schools and Colleges

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

It takes around 150 hours to complete this course.

Course Duration

You have up to a year to complete this course. 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.

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.



Students are required to compile a portfolio of evidence which demonstrates their learning against each of the assessment criteria of the course. Portfolios are assessed by your tutor.

Working in a School

To be accepted onto this course, you will need to be currently working within a school with evidence to prove this – up to 12 months experience. While there isn’t a placement to study this course, you’ll still need to be working within a school support environment.


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 4 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.

NCFE CACHE is recognised as an Awarding Organisation by the qualification regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, who are: The Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Welsh Government, and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland.

Additional Information
Official Qualification Title
NCFE CACHE Level 4 Certificate for the Advanced Practitioner in Schools and Colleges
Level 4
Entry requirements
Learners must be at least 18 years old. They must be employed in a suitable role in a school or college. They must also hold a Supporting Teaching and Learning Level 3 qualification either the ‘certificate’ or ‘diploma’. Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning Level 3 is not accepted.
Minimum Enrolment Age
18 years
Section 1
Enabling Individuals to Learn

In this unit, you’ll understand the roles and responsibilities of an advanced practitioner. You’ll gain awareness of the statutory educational frameworks in the UK and how to safeguard people of all age ranges, for example, against drug use or bullying. You’ll also look at how people learn, put the relevant theory into practice, and evidence how to apply new learning to the day-to-day role, reporting on changes to practice in one’s own setting through development of a learner portfolio. In addition, you’ll be expected to consider how the environment and learning activities influence an individual’s development. Finally, you’ll explore various leadership, mentoring and management skills and styles.

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.

Students must be working in learning support in a school and should have completed (or be completing) a level 3 Teaching Support qualification such as: NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools.

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.

No. While you can choose to write your assignments by hand, the majority of students type up their work in a word processor and then submit it via email to their tutors. A typed essay is much easier to save and edit and makes it easier for tutors to read.

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