1Course Overview

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools and Colleges

Course code: OSC1253

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Begin your career in education from the comfort of your own home! Study with Open Study College and gain a nationally recognised qualification.

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 and benchmarked to industry standards to ensure you gain all knowledge that is required to pursue your career. 

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 , this CACHE Level 2 Award is ideal for:

  • Students who want to achieve a nationally recognised qualification 
  • Those aspiring to achieve a career working in a school or college setting
  • Learners who want to kickstart their knowledge and further their career

This CACHE Level 2 Award in Support Works course enables you to:

  • Gain an understanding of child and young person development
  • Develop your knowledge in communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults 
  • Gain a nationally recognised qualification to kick-start your career

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

Qualification Number: 603/2478/8

Unit 1: Understand Schools and Colleges as Organisations

(H/616/5424, Unit Level: 2; GLH: 21 Hours; Credits: 2)

  • Identify the different types of schools and colleges in the education sector
  • Know the organisation of schools and colleges regarding roles and responsibilities
  • Understand how schools and colleges put their aims and values into action
  • Learn the range and purpose of school and college policies and procedures
Unit 2: Understand Children and Young People's Development

(K/616/5425, Unit Level: 2; GLH: 20 Hours; Credits 3)

  • Learn the significant stages of development for children and young people from birth to 19 years 
  • Understand the influences that affect children and young people’s development
  • Know the potential effects of transitions on children and young people’s development
Unit 3: Understand Communication and Professional Relationships with Children, Young People and Adults 

(T/616/5427, Unit Level: 2; GLH: 10 Hours; Credits 1)

  • Know how to develop professional relationships with children and young people
  • Learn how to communicate with children and young people
  • Understand how to develop professional relationships with adults
Unit 4: Understand Children and Young People's Health and Safety

(A/616/5428, Unit Level: 2; GLH: 15 Hours; Credits 2)

  • Understand the legislative and policy framework for health and safety within a learning environment
  • Identify and learn how to manage risks to children and young people’s health, safety and security
  • Learn how to support children and young people regarding risk management
Unit 5: Safeguarding Children and Young People

(F/616/5429, Unit Level: 2; GLH: 20 Hours; Credits 3)

  • Learn about safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
  • Understand action to take when children and young people are ill or injured, including emergency procedures
  • Know about child protection procedures
  • Know about current policies and procedures for confidentiality and sharing information, including data protection
Unit 6: Understand Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Work with Children and Young People

(T/616/5430, Unit Level: 2; GLH: 10 Hours; Credits 1)

  • Know the importance of promoting equality and diversity in a learning environment
  • Understand how to promote antidiscriminatory practice with children and young people
  • Learn how to use inclusive practices in work with children and young people
3Other Information

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

Course Duration

This course will take approximately 120 hours to complete. 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 2 Award in Support Work in Schools and Colleges.

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?

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification, however, you must be at least 16 years of age. It would also be beneficial for students to 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 the 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 role to enrol onto this course?

You do not need to be working to enrol onto this course as this is a theory qualification.

Are there any additional costs?

No. Everything you need is included in the price!

How do I get my work assessed?

You will send your work to your personal course tutor for them to mark and return to you. On successful completion of the course you will be awarded your CACHE Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools and Colleges. 

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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The total course fee includes a loan arrangement fee. Your initial deposit payment will be used towards this fee, any remaining fee balance will be added the loan amount.

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Our finance option is provided in partnership with AffordItNow.
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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