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Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools CACHE Level 2 Certificate (workplace)

This CACHE course will develop your confidence and practice if you are hoping to work as a teaching assistant in a school, or already help in a school. Approximately 5-10 hours of study a week are also required via our VLE (virtual learning environment) programme. If you are studying this qualification at one of our Learning Centres you will also be given the opportunity to achieve a qualification in ICT which will further enhance your CV to secure a position as a teaching assistant in the future. The course offers the flexibility needed to easily fit your studying around your work and family life.

Teaching Assistants



“I chose this part-time course because I wanted to train to be a Teaching Assistant and as a single parent I needed flexible study options to fit around my family commitments.”

“I was offered a place on the course on the condition that I gained a work placement of at least ten hours a week in a school.  I then had ten weeks of part-time study and then another ten weeks supporting a Year 2 teacher at a local primary school.”

“There’s no doubt that the course has helped me in my day to day life. Without completing this course I would not have got my new job as a Teaching Assistant as I had no previous experience in this area.  The Headteacher was observing a lesson that I was supporting and offered me the job based on the skills I demonstrated in the classroom.  I’ve also learnt a lot about childcare and behaviour issues which not only helps me with my job, but also helps me to deal with my own children in a better way.”

“My tutor was absolutely brilliant and so supportive, she went above and beyond what was required to help me and make sure I had a good experience on the course – in fact I’ve already recommended the College to others.”

Lisa Gavin - Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools CACHE Level 2 Certificate

Entry requirements

You will need to be in employment as a teaching assistant in a school, or have a work placement in a school as a teaching assistant. This can be in a lower, middle, upper or special school and involve a general support role or a role with specific responsibilities for a pupil, subject area or age group. You will also need to display appropriate literacy and ICT skills.

Course content

The course will cover child development, supporting activities and working with colleagues.

During the course you will study:

  • Child Development
  • Professional Relationships and Communication
  • Safeguarding
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Schools as Organisations
  • Supporting Learning Activities
  • Developing own and Team Practices
  • Maintaining and supporting relationships with children and young people
  • Supporting children and young people’s health and safety
  • Supporting children and young people’s positive behaviour.

We also recommend that a Paediatric First Aid course be completed to supplement your studies.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods will be co-ordinated to suit your individual needs, ranging from written assignments, professional discussions, case studies and questioning.

Further study and career options

On successful completion you can progress to study our Supporting Teaching & Learning Level 3 Certificate.

Additional information

There is an additional cost of £20 for a textbook.

Pay by instalments

The College offers an instalment plan for Further Education and Higher Education courses to students where the total amount payable at the point of enrolment is £200 or more. Within the scheme there is an ability to pay up to 6 instalments, depending on the length of the courses and the final payment must be paid at least a month before the end of the course.

Funding information

This course could be FREE! You could be eligible for free study if you are unemployed and on a qualifying benefit. Find out more at

Course Information & How to Apply

This course runs on multiple occasions. Choose the date most appropriate for you.

To book onto this course please contact our Business Development team on 01234 291747 or email

Start DateDay(s)Time(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
Flexible Mon 1.00 pm - 5.00 pm £632 Cauldwell Street BBK164S1 - Online option
Flexible Mon 1.00 pm - 5.00 pm £632 Cauldwell Street BBK164S2 - Blended option


Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.

If you are unemployed and receiving benefits then you could learn for FREE

You could be eligible for free study if you are unemployed and on one of the following benefits:

  • Employment & Support Allowance (work-related activity group)
  • Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income support

Please note: you will need to be able to produce evidence of the benefit in your name when you come to enrol.

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