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Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools CACHE Level 3 Certificate

This CACHE course will develop your confidence, practice and understanding to support your work in schools. It is delivered in the classroom and assessed in the workplace, over a one year period. This is for those who work as experienced teaching assistants in school and want a Level 3 qualification to show this.

Entry requirements

You will need substantial relevant experience in employment as a teaching assistant or have completed our QCF Level 2 course. It is not necessary to complete Level 2 before Level 3, as the level you would start on depends on your job role. You must be in paid employment as a teaching assistant in a school for a minimum of ten hours a week. This can be in a lower, middle, upper, or special school and your role can involve general support or 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 a range of units including:

  • Understanding child and young person development
  • Understanding how to safeguard the wellbeing of children and young people
  • Communication and relationships
  • Schools as organisations
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Supporting teaching and learning
  • 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
  • Assessment For Learning

Assessment methods

The way you will be assessed will be co-ordinated to suit your individual needs. Methods range from written assignments, professional discussions and case studies as well as oral questioning.

Further study and career options

On successful completion you may be able to progress on to one of our Foundation Degrees in Child & Family Studies, Early Years, Educational Practice or Disabilities Studies. Alternatively, you can improve your literacy and numeracy skills.

Additional information

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

Funding information

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Alternatively, you can pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable. Find out more about your payment options and how your loan could be written off at

Course Information & How to Apply

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

LengthStart DateFeesLocationCourse Code
Up to 18 months Flexible Ring our Sales team on 01234 291747Ring our Sales team on 01234 291747 Work-based Learning BBK1623


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.

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Advanced Learner Loans
If you’re aged 19 or over on the start date of your chosen course, you can apply for a loan to cover the tuition fees for some Level 3+ qualifications. There’s also nothing to pay back until you’ve completed your course and you’re earning over £25,000 per year!

» Visit the Advanced Learner Loans page for more information

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