1Course Overview

NCFE CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning

Course code: OSC1257

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

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 CACHE course has been updated and is part of the new suite of Supporting Teaching and Learning qualifications.

As well as providing an excellent knowledge base in supporting teaching and learning in schools this NCFE CACHE Level 3 Certificate is ideal for:

  • Students who want to achieve a nationally recognised qualification in supporting teaching and learning in schools
  • Want to go onto further vocational training and placement opportunities
  • Those aspiring to become a Senior Teaching Assistant, Senior Learning Support Assistant or Senior Special Educational Needs Assistant.

This NCFE CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning course enables you to:

  • 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

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 30th July
2Course Content

Course Content

QCF Number: 603/2498/3

Unit 1: Schools and Colleges as Organisations

(T/616/5878, Unit Level: 3; GLH: 15 hours; Credits: 2)

  • 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
Unit 2: Support Health and Safety in a Learning Environment 

(A/616/5879, Unit Level: 3; GLH: 20 hours; Credits: 3)

  • Understand how to provide environments that support children and young people's health and safety
  • Learn how to recognise and managerisks 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
Unit 3: Understand How to Safeguard Children and Young People

(M/616/5880, Unit Level: 3; GLH: 25 hours; Credits: 4)

  • 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 yourng 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
Unit 4: Develop Professional Relationships with Children, Young People and Adults

(T/616/5881, Unit Level: 3; GLH: 15 hours; Credits: 2)

  • 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 
Unit 5: Understand How Children and Young People Develop 

(A/616/5882, Unit Level: 3; GLH: 25 hours; Credits: 3)

  • 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
Unit 6: Support Positive Behaviour in Children and Young People

(F/616/5883, Unit Level: 3; GLH: 30 hours; Credits: 4)

  • 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
Unit 7: Support Children and Young People during Learning Activities

(J/616/5884, Unit Level: 3; GLH: 30 hours; Credits: 4)

  • 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 observed and feedback on participatin and progress 
  • Know how to conribute to evaluating learning activities 
Unit 8: Support English and Maths Skills

(L/616/5885, Unit Level: 3; GLH: 30 hours; Credits: 4)

  • 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 
Unit 9: Support the Use of ICT in the Learning Environment

(M/616/5958, Unit Level: 3; GLH: 20 hours; Credits: 3)

  • Know the poilcy 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 
Unit 10: Support Assessment for Learning

(J/616/5965, Unit Level: 3; GLH: 20 hours; Credits: 3)

  • 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 
Unit 11: Engage in Personal and Professional Development

(L/616/5966, Unit Level: 3; GLH: 20 hours; Credits: 3)

  • 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
3Other Information


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 Outcomes

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

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 requirements needed to enrol onto this course?

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.

Is there a time limit for the completion of this course?

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.

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 in a school to study this course?

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. 

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.

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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
  • Have a valid email address and can access it

Please note that meeting the above criteria does not guarantee finance acceptance.

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