CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning (Teaching Assistant qualification)
Qualification Level: 3
Awarding Body: CACHE
Regulated Qualification (QRN) Number: 603/2498/3
Placement Required: Yes
Recognised Qualification: Yes. RQF
Entry Requirements: L2 Literacy and Numeracy preferred
Minimum Age: 16 Years
Duration: 30 weeks of guided teaching and learning plus placement. Enrolment period is for up to 12 months.
Payment types: Instalments available
Resources included: Full tutor support, workplace observation and assessment, Hodder/CACHE digital textbook, online learning materials and student support forum
This course is a ideal if you want to be a teaching assistant, or maybe thinking about a career in teaching but want to gain an idea of what it is like to work in a school environment.
You may want to think about getting your English and Maths qualifications to if you do not have a Grade C in English and Maths. We can offer Functional Skills as part of your course, if you wish to upskill in these areas.
This qualification provides learners with an understanding of the knowledge needed when working directly with children and young people in a school or college environment. It will enable you to gain an understanding of elements including children and young people’s development, safeguarding their welfare, and communication and professional relationships.
This qualification aims to:
• focus on the study of the supporting teaching and learning
• offer breadth and depth of study, incorporating a key core of knowledge
• provide opportunities to acquire a number of practical and technical skills.
The objectives of this qualification are to:
• provide learners with knowledge and skills needed to work in a school or college environment
• provide a stepping stone into further learning within the sector
This course requires you to understake a placement of 100 hours, within which you will be able to learn and demonstrate your skills of learning support within an educational establishment.
Your placement needs to be within a school, college or training environment within Key Stages 1-5 or in Further or Adult Education.
Don't worry if you do not have a placement right away. You can enjoy the learning experience and then put your knowledge into action at any point through the programme.
Please note, an early years setting is not appropriate for this qualification, and the Early Years Educator qualifications may be a more suitable route if you work within the Foundation Unit of a school.
The Supporting Teaching and Learning Certificate course is broken into 6 Blocks, as follows. Blocks are independent from one another, and your starting "block" will vary depending upon when you enrol with the college.
Block 1: Schools and Colleges as Organisations and Personal Development– within this block you will learn about the structure of education; how schools and colleges are organised; ethos, mission, aims and values; policy frameworks; and the wider context in which schools and colleges operate.
Block 2: Support health and safety in a learning environment and Understand How to Safeguard Children and Young People – within this part of the block you will learn about how to support children and young people’s health and safety in a learning environment. You will also explore the importance of safeguarding. How this is relevant to children and young people and the legislations around your Home Nation.
Block 3: Understand How Children and Young People Develop – within this block you will learn about child development with 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. We will look at Biological factors, external factors and theories of development.
Block 4. Developing Professional Relationships and Promoting Positive Behaviour. - For this block we will look at understanding, which underpins effective communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults. Also, how we as teaching assistants can promote positive behaviour.
Block 5: Support Activities and Assessment For Learning – within this block you will learn to support assessment for learning. We look at how you will demonstrate your competence in using assessment strategies to promote learning, supporting learners to review their learning strategies and achievements, and working with the teacher to review assessment for learning processes and outcomes. We will also look at how we can use assessment strategies to promote learning, supporting learners to review their learning strategies and achievements, and working with the teacher to review assessment for learning processes and outcomes.
Block 6: Support English, Maths and ICT in the Learning Environment – within this block you will learn about the skills needed to provide support to children with English, Maths and ICT within their learning environment. We will look at Reading, Writing and Speaking skills. Confidence with numbers and applying Maths. We will look at ICT resources available to aid learning. You will also learn about personal development and reflective practice, which are both fundamental to this role.
Placement Activities: You will complete a placement log for 100 hours, a practice record and also plan a range of activities that you can complete with the children.
PDP and CPD: You will complete a Personal Development Plan and Create a Continuing Professional Development
Assessment and Sign off: Your assessor will visit you in the workplace to conduct an observation of your practice and conduct a professional discussion with you.
After completing this course you will be a fully qualified teaching assistant. You will be able to apply for jobs in schools throughout the UK and internationally with the backing of the interntional accreditation of CACHE.
You can further your knowledge and understanding by undertaking the specialist Top-Up diploma, which allows you to gain experience and awareness of supporting children and young people with additional needs.