1Course Overview

CACHE Level 3 Award in Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities

Course code: OSC1198

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Are you interested in working with individuals with learning disabilities? Then you can learn about just that in this CACHE course, from home!

CACHE (The Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education) qualifications specialise in the care and education sector and are the leading industry specialists. This course has been developed by experts, which ensures everything that employers need is covered.   

As well as providing an excellent knowledge base in supporting individuals with learning disabilities, this Level 3 course will enable you to:

  • Achieve a nationally recognised qualification in supporting individuals with learning disabilities
  • Begin training for a support work role with individuals who have learning disabilities
  • Develop the key areas of knowledge that you need to support individuals with learning disabilities, particularly in relation to adolescent and young adult issues, such as self-directed support, development of sexuality and maturity into adulthood

What's more, you will now be entitled to FREE access to the CACHE Alumni for 2 years when you enrol on your course. 

Discounts on selected courses - Until 28th May
2Course Content

Course Content

QCF Award Number: 600/4037/3

Unit 1: Understand the context of supporting individuals with learning difficulties

(K/601/5315, Unit Level: 2; GLH: 35 hours; Credits: 4)

  • Understand the legislation and policies that support the human rights and inclusion of individuals with learning disabilities.
  • Understand the nature and characteristics of learning disability.
  • Understand the historical context of learning disability.
  • Understand the basic principles and practice of advocacy, empowerment and active participation in relation to supporting individuals with learning disabilities and their families.
  • Understand how views and attitudes impact on the lives of individuals with learning disabilities and their family carers.
  • Know how to promote communication with individuals with learning disabilities.
Unit 2: Principles of self-directed support

(M/601/7048, Unit Level: 3; GLH: 26 hours; Credits: 3)

  • Understand self-directed support.
  • Understand how to support an individual to direct their own support and develop their support plan.
  • Understand the different ways that people can use their personal budget.
  • Understand the outcome focused review process.
Unit 3: Principles of supporting individuals with a learning disability regarding sexuality and sexual health

(A/601/6274, Unit Level: 3; GLH: 21 hours; Credits: 3)

  • Understand the development of human sexuality.
  • Understand how the sexual development of individuals' with a learning disability can offer
  • Understand issues of sexual health and how these can be supported.
  • Understand relevant legislation influencing the support of sexuality and sexual health for individuals with learning disabilities.
  • Know how to support the sexual expression of an individual with a learning disability.
Unit 4: Principles of supporting young people with a learning disability to make the transition into adulthood

(M/601/7227, Unit Level: 3; GLH: 30 hours; Credits: 3)

  • Understand the steps and stages of moving from childhood into adulthood.
  • Understand how having a disability may affect the process of moving from childhood into adulthood.
  • Know the options for supporting a young person who has a disability to make the transition into adulthood.
  • Understand how to support a young person with a disability through a successful transition.
  • Understand the importance of supporting a young person and their family to reflect on the transition.
3Other Information


This course is assessed through a series of assignments which are submitted to your tutor for marking. No external examination is required, so you can complete all assessments from home.

Course Duration

This course will take you 12 months to complete, which is more than enough time to complete approximately 110 hours of learning time. This means you can work at your own pace – how fast you work through the course is completely up to you! You will have no strict deadlines or timetabling to contend with so you can spread your workload across the year, fitting your course around your busy schedule.

Study Method

You will study this course by distance learning, which will enable you to learn when and where you want. You can study from home or at work; it is completely up to you. All your materials will be posted or sent online and you will also receive tutor support by email, so help is only a click away!

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course you will achieve an NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities.

CACHE became part of NCFE in 2015.

CACHE (the Council of Awards in Care, Health and Education) are the UK's leading awarding organisation for the childcare and social care sectors, and are part of the RQF (Regulated Qualifications Framework) which ensures the highest level quality courses and industry recognised qualifications.

Once you have enrolled on your CACHE course, you will be entitled to access the CACHE Alumni Membership for 2 years. Please contact our Student Support team for further information on 0330 563100. CACHE Alumni is a Professional Membership Network for those who work in the CACHE industries, providing valuable resources and advice for professional studying towards/with a CACHE qualification.


Your Questions Answered

What are the entry requirements to enrol onto this course?

You will need to be at least 16 years of age to enrol onto this course. You must also have basic IT skills and be fluent in English language.

What is included in the cost of my course?
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV writing service
  • FREE Totum discount card (formerly NUS Extra card)
  • FREE CACHE Alumni Membership for 2 years
  • *Comprehensive study guide
  • *Exclusive Open Study College pen and highlighter
  • *Student study planner
  • *Student notebook
  • *Document wallet

* Not included with the online study option

Do I need to be working to study this course?

No. As this is a knowledge-based qualification, you are not required to be working to study this course.

Are there any additional costs?

No. Everything you need is included in the price!

What happens if I lose my course pack?

It’s not a problem. We offer a course replacement service, so if you get into trouble and your course pack is lost or damaged, our Student Support Team can provide you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee.

What if I still have questions?

That’s not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Support Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.


Excellent tutor support

Great study materials, excellent tutor support, I wanted to study this course as I always had a interest in working with people with disabilities. 

- Katrina Hardy

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For your finance application to be considered you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be over 18 years old
  • Be employed for at least 16 hours a week or retired and in receipt of a private or company pension. Certain state benefit schemes may also be considered.
  • Be a permanent UK resident with a 3 year address history
  • Have a good credit history with no late payments, debt relief orders or bankruptcies
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Please note that meeting the above criteria does not guarantee finance acceptance.

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