NCFE CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning

Course code: OSC1257

Kick-start your career as a Teaching Assistant, from home with an award-winning college!

  • Gain an understanding of child and young person development
  • Develop the knowledge and skills you need to work in a senior role supporting the teaching and learning of children and young people from 5 to 19 years of age (KS1 and above)
  • Gain the experience to work in a professional environment
  • Achieve a career as a Senior Teaching Assistant, Senior Learning Support Assistant or Senior Special Educational Needs Assistant
  • FREE access to the CACHE Alumni for 2 years when you enrol on your course
Course overview

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.

In addition, this new NCFE CACHE course has been updated and is part of the new suite of Supporting Teaching and Learning qualifications.

Course Duration

Up to 1 year

Study Hours

Approximately 350 hours, 100 hours placement.

Course Outcome

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

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.


Tutor-marked assignments.

Course content

Qualification Number: 603/2498/3

  • Learn the structure of education from early years to post-compulsory education
  • Understand how schools and colleges are organised regarding roles and responsibilities
  • Know the importance of teamwork in schools and colleges
  • Understand the ethos, mission, aims and values of education
  • Learn the importance of policies and procedures in education
  • Understand how to provide environments that support children and young people's health and safety
  • Learn how to recognise and manage risks to health, safety and security in a learning environment or during off-site visits
  • Know how to support children and young people to assess and manage risk for themselves
  • Understand appropriate responses to accidents, incidents, emergencies and illness in the learning environment
  • Know the responsibilities of your own role is assisting the administration of medication
  • Know the legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding children and young people
  • Understand how to work in partnership with other organisations to safeguard children and young people
  • Learn the importance of ensuring the safety and protection of children and young people in the learning environment
  • Understand how to respond to evidence or concerns that a child or young person has been abused or harmed
  • Learn how to support wellbeing when working with children and young people
  • Understand the principles of developing positive relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Understand legislation, policies and procedures for confidentiality and sharing information, including data protection
  • Be able to develop professional relationships with children and young people
  • Be able to communicate with children and young people
  • Be able to develop professional relationships with adults
  • Be able to support children and young people in developing relationships
  • Be able to support inclusion and inclusive practices in work with children and young people
  • Understand the pattern of development for children and young people from birth to 19 years
  • Understand the factors that influence children and young people's development and how these affect practice
  • Understand how to monitor children and young people's development and interventions that should take place if this is not following the expected pattern
  • Learn the policies and procedures for promoting the positive behaviour of children and young people
  • Know how to promote positive behaviour
  • Be able to control and manage challenging behaviour in a learning environment
  • Be able to participate in planning within a learning environment
  • Know how to prepare for learning activities
  • Understand how to support learning activities
  • Be able to observe and feedback on participation and progress
  • Know how to contribute to evaluating learning activities
  • Understand the different learner needs for English and Maths support
  • Know how to provide English support to provide access for teaching and learning
  • Know how to provide Maths support to provide access for teaching and learning
  • Know the policies and procedures for using ICT within teaching and learning
  • Understand the preparation of ICT resources within teaching and learning
  • Be able to support the use of ICT within teaching and learning
  • Know the purpose and characteristics of assessment for learning
  • Be able to use assessment strategies to promote learning
  • Learn how to support learners in reviewing strategies and achievements in their learning
  • Know what is required to effectively complete your own role
  • Be able to reflect on practice within an organisation
  • Learn how to evaluate own performance
Extra info


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 that can provide you with a suitably qualified teacher and workplace assessor who can observe you, comment on your skills and write a report to meet the assessment requirements. This direct observation will be used as evidence towards your qualification. Methods of assessment could include:

  • Direct observation of practice
  • Witness evidence when directed by the sector skills assessment strategy
  • Professional discussion
  • Reflection on own practice in real work situations
  • Written assignments

Course Duration

This course will take approximately 350 hours to complete. During this course you will also need to complete a recommended 100 placement hours. Students 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 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 emailed to you online, whichever you choose. You will also receive our tutor support by email, so help is only a click away

Course Outcome

Upon successful completion of the course you will achieve an NCFE CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning.

Awarding Body

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. 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.


You will need to be at least 16 years of age to enrol onto this course. You will also need to have a placement in a school setting in mainland UK, totalling up to 100 hours. Students also must have basic IT skills and be fluent in English Language.

You may start at any time and have a full year to complete your studies. It is truly flexible and is designed to be adaptable around your lifestyle and other commitments.

  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV critique service
  • FREE employability guide to help you impress future employers
  • FREE XO Student Discounts 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

Yes, you will need to be working, volunteering or on a practical placement as you need to show competence in both knowledge and skills. The recommended number of placement hours is 100 hours. It is important that your work placement follows the National Curriculum at Key Stage 1 or above. It is essential you secure a placement that can provide you with a suitably qualified teacher (holding QTS) who can act as your workplace assessor to provide written observations on your practice.  Your workplace assessor will also need to sign off any additional evidence that you provide for assessment relating to your placement.

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.

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 Adviser Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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If you are interested in and you’re looking for a more flexible approach to learning that fits around your life - this is the ideal course for you. Enrol online today by clicking below or speak to one of our advisers for more information.

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