NCFE CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning

Teaching Assistant Courses

The Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Level 3 Certificate is suitable for those already working or volunteering in a school in the role of Teaching Assistant, Classroom Assistant or Learning Support Assistant. It is focused on those students directly supporting teaching and learning of pupils in an area that requires specialist knowledge and skills.

The qualification is fully recognised and accepted by OFSTED and qualifies students as a Level 3 Teaching Assistant.

Students will receive:


  • Advice and support on obtaining voluntary work

  • Guidance on ensuring you have selected the right course

  • How to check the validity of the qualification on the Ofqual website

  • Study either hard copy (paper) or online

  • Onboarding call when course received 

  • Ongoing support by telephone and email from support team and tutor

  • Weekly group zoom meetings with tutor (recording available if you can't make it)

  • Monthly Check-In to ensure you are progressing well

  • Once qualified, support with finding employment from our careers team

  • FREE Totem (NUS) Student Card giving you discounts on many products and services

  • FREE membership of the CACHE Alumni



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Course Description


Qualification: Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools Level 3 Certificate

Awarding Body: NCFE CACHE

Support: 12 months

RQF Listed: Yes - 35 credit points (603/2498/3)

Ofqual Recognised: Yes

Estimated Study Time: 250 hours

*A placement in a school of at least five hours a week is required for the duration of the course. 

If you are unable to obtain the voluntary work then you should look at Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Level 3 Award. 


Paying in Full: £529

Paying in Stages: Your first payment will be £129, then a direct debit will be set up for nine 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.



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 250 hours so if you average around 5-6 hours a week study you would complete in 11-12 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!

In addition you will have access to weekly group zoom meetings where students will have an opportunity to submit questions to a tutor and get the necessary support. Even if you haven't a question of your own, the questions and answers given to other students may prove invaluable to you.

The course is split into eleven 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. Alongside this you will be putting together a portfolio of evidence. Here you are documenting examples of tasks and activities you complete in the classroom. Your evidence sheets will be signed by the teacher you work alongside in the classroom.

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


You must either be employed or have access to at least one day a work voluntary in a school setting of reception class or above. This can be split, for example two mornings a week or two afternoons.

If you miss a week for any reason this is fine, the recommendation is simply to ensure you have enough time in class to gather the necessary evidence to complete the course.


Unit 1: Schools and Colleges as organisations

  • The structure of education from early years to post-compulsory education
  • How schools and colleges are organised in terms of roles and responsibilities
  • Teamwork in schools and colleges
  • Educational ethos, mission, aims and values

Unit 2: Support health and safety in a learning environment

  • Plan and provide environments that support children and young people's health and safety
  • Recognise and manage risks to health, safety and security in a learning environment or during off-site visits
  • Support children and young people to assess and manage risk for themselves
  • Appropriate responses to accidents, incidents, emergencies and illness in the learning environment and during off-site visits
  • Own role is assisting in the administration of medication

Unit 3: Understand how to safeguard children and young people

  • Legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding children and young people
  • How to work in partnership with other organisations to safeguard children and young people
  • The need to ensure children and young people's safety and protection in the learning environment
  • How to respond to evidence or concerns that a child or young person has been abused or harmed
  • How to work with children and young people to support their well-being

Unit 4: Develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults

  • The principles of developing positive relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Legislation, policies, and procedures for confidentiality and sharing information, including data protection
  • Develop professional relationships with children and young people
  • Communicate with children and young people
  • Develop professional relationships with adults
  • Support children and young people in developing relationships
  • Support inclusion and inclusive practices in work with children and young people

Unit 5: Understand how children and young people develop

  • The expected pattern of development for children and young people from birth to 19 years
  • The factors that influence children and young people's development and how these affect practice
  • 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

  • Policies and procedures for promoting children and young people's positive behaviour in a learning environment
  • Promote positive behaviour
  • Manage behaviour that challenges in a learning environment

Unit 7: Support children and young people during learning activities

  • Contribute to learning activities
  • Prepare for learning activities
  • Support learning activities
  • Observe and report on learner participation and progress
  • Contribute to the evaluation of learning activities

Unit 8: Support English and Maths skills

  • Identify learner needs for English and Maths support
  • Provide English support to help learners access teaching and learning
  • Provide Maths support to help learners access teaching and learning

Unit 9: Support the use of ICT in the learning environment

  • Policy and procedures for the use of ICT for teaching and learning
  • Prepare ICT resources for use in teaching and learning
  • Support the use of ICT for teaching and learning

Unit 10: Support assessment of learning

  • Purpose and characteristics of assessment for learning
  • Use assessment strategies to promote learning
  • Support learners in reviewing their learning strategies and achievements
  • Contribute to reviewing assessment for learning
  • Maintain learner records

Unit 11: Engage in personal and professional development

  • What is required for competence in own work role
  • Reflect on organisational practice
  • Evaluate own performance
  • Agree a personal development plan
  • Use learning opportunities and reflective practice to contribute to personal development



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 competence based qualification suitable for all roles in school, including site staff, administrators etc as well as those who work directly with children and young people. It seeks to develop the knowledge and understanding that all those working in a school setting will need and covers areas such as safeguarding, communication and understanding the school context.

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