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NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning

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Become a qualified teaching assistant with this NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning qualification from Open Study College!

  • This NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning is ideal for this just starting out in their career as a teaching assistant.
  • Achieve an accredited, nationally recognised NCFE CACHE teaching assistant qualification.
  • Gain the work experience you need to get your career off to a strong start.
  • FREE access to the CACHE Alumni membership for two years when you enrol on your course.
  • Study at home at your own pace.

Course overview

This NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning qualification is ideal for those looking to pursue a career as a teaching assistant. On successful completion of your course, you will become a qualified teaching assistant.

The course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to support pupils in primary, secondary, or SEN schools with their learning. You’ll learn more about how your role can ensure the safety and protection of children and young people in the learning environment; how to provide maths, English, and ICT support for learners; and how to provide support for the speech, language, and communication development of children and young people in a learning environment.

You’ll gain exceptional personal development skills to benefit your teaching assistant career as well as vital experience carrying out reflective practice which is essential to the role.

The Level 3 Supporting Teaching and Learning nested qualification

OSC’s range of Level 3 Supporting Teaching and Learning qualifications sit within CACHE’s nested suite of courses. Students can top up their studies to achieve the full nested qualification if they desire, or study one qualification type alone. The nested qualification starts with the award, then the certificate, and finally the diploma.

Each of the courses in this nested qualification will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to work with children and young people in primary, secondary, or SEN schools, allowing you to become a fully qualified teaching assistant on completion of the course.

Course Duration

Up to 18 months.

Study Hours

Approximately 530 hours.

Course Outcome

You will receive your NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning.

Entry Requirements

You must be 16 or over to enrol and working or volunteering within a school setting.


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Course duration

Once enrolled, you have up to 18 months to complete your course. The course will take approximately 530 hours to complete. You will receive a full year to complete the course, which is a lot more time than you will need. This allows you to work at your own pace, without the pressure of tight deadlines.

Study method

You will study this course by distance learning, which will enable you to take control of your studies. You can study at your own pace from a place that suits you. All your learning materials will be posted or emailed to you online, depending on the learning method you choose. You will also receive our tutor support by email, so help is only ever a click away.


All units are internally assessed. Assessment enables the learner’s workplace practice to provide evidence for individual units as well as the whole qualification. This course requires an assessment of your practical skills within your working environment. It is essential that you secure a placement in key stage one (KS1) or above that can provide you with a suitably qualified teacher (to act as your workplace assessor) who can observe you, comment on your skills and sign the workplace evidence that you submit for your assessments. Direct observations are mandatory and will be used as evidence towards your qualification. Methods of assessment could include:

  • Direct observation of practice
  • Recorded professional discussions
  • Reflection on own practice in real work situations
  • Written assignments
  • Question and answer sessions

Students will be required to be working or on placement within a school or college environment (KS1 or above) to enable them to provide the evidence required to complete the qualification.  It is recommended that learners complete 200 placement hours.

Course outcome

On successful completion of the course and assessments, you will receive your NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning. A certificate will be provided to you as recognition of your achievement.

Who are CACHE?

The Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education (CACHE) are the UK’s leading provider of vocational qualifications for those working within care and education. CACHE qualifications are recognised across the education and care industries and they are amongst the most well-known and respected qualifications.

Our range of CACHE vocational qualifications are suitable for individuals involved in early years, education, childcare, and health and social care. All courses lead to a nationally recognised Ofqual regulated qualification and are accredited on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

CACHE works closely with employers and learners to ensure that learners have a progression route whether it’s into further study, a career, or university. These qualifications have helped millions of people obtain the skills and knowledge they need to meet the professional standards required in the care, education, and health industries.

CACHE Alumni membership

Once you have enrolled on your CACHE course, you will have access to the CACHE Alumni membership for two years. CACHE Alumni is a professional membership network for those who work in the care, health, and education industries, providing valuable resources and advice for your studies when working towards/with a CACHE qualification.

What next?

Once you have successfully completed this course, you can apply for a position as a teaching assistant, learning support assistant, or special educational needs assistant.

You may also progress onto the Level 4 Certificate for the Advanced Practitioner in Schools and Colleges.


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