Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Level 3 Award

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Qualification: Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools Level 3 Award

Awarding Body: NCFE CACHE

Support: 12 months

RQF Listed: Yes - 12 credit points (500/9963/2)

Ofqual Recognised: Yes

Estimated Study Time: 90 hours

*If you are working in a school or have access to voluntary work you should consider either the Level 3 Certificate or Diploma Course.


Paying in Full: £250

Paying in Stages: Your first payment will be £59, then a direct debit will be set up for five monthly payments of £50. Only available to students with a UK bank account. 


There are many Teaching Assistant qualifications and identifying the one that suits you best can often be difficult. We have put together a guide to help you identify when a qualification is genuine and also help you choose the best one for yourself.



The Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Level 3 Award is suitable for those students who are unable to gain access to a school but wish to begin progressing towards the role of Teaching Assistant, Classroom Assistant or Learning Support Assistant. It is a knowledge based role that can help in obtaining a placement or permanent position in a school. 

The qualification is fully recognised and accepted by OFSTED and provides a progression route to the Level 3 Certificate.


Support is provided for up to 12 months but it is entirely up to you how quickly you work through the course. The estimated study time is 90 hours so if you average around 5-6 hours a week study you would complete in 4-5 months.

The course is delivered hard copy in folders. These are yours to keep so you can write on them, make notes etc. Your pack will contain everything you need to begin your course including your lessons, tutor and support information. In addition a study guide explaining how to get started along with comprehensive study notes for each element of the course is included.

Support is provided throughout the course via a tutor who can be emailed at any time should you come across anything you are unsure of. There is also a support team by telephone. Don't hesitate to ask if you are unsure!

The course is split into four units. At the end of each unit you will complete an assignment which you will email to your tutor. An assignment is a set of questions based upon the unit you have just studied.  If there are any areas for improvements or anything that you have misunderstood you will always have the opportunity to re-submit. 

The good news is there are no exams! Once you have completed all the assignments/portfolio work you complete the course.


There are no entrance requirements for the course.


Unit 1: Understand Child and Young Person Development

This unit provides knowledge and understanding of how children and young people from birth to 19 years develop, including underpinning theoretical perspectives. It also includes actions taken when differences in development are identified and the potential effects of transitions on children and young peoples development.

Unit 2: Understand How to Safeguard the Wellbeing of Children and Young People

This unit provides the knowledge and understanding required to support the safeguarding of children and young people. The unite contains material on e-safety.

Unit 3: Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults

This unit provides the knowledge and understanding which underpins effective communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults.

Unit 4: Schools as organisations

This unit aims to prepare the learner for working in a school. It covers knowledge and understanding of the structure of education, how schools are organised, school ethos, mission, aims and values, legislative and policy frameworks and the wide context in which schools operate.



This course provides successful students with a qualification from NCFE CACHE, regulated by Ofqual. NCFE CACHE is an Awarding Organisation recognised by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) in England and by the Welsh Government.

This is a knowledge based qualification suitable for support roles in schools, including site staff, administrators etc as well as those who work directly with children and young people.

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