CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning Full Course (Specialist 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: 45 weeks of guided teaching and learning plus placement. Enrolment period is 12-18 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 up-skill in these areas.
This qualification provides learners with an in-depth understanding of the knowledge and skills needed when working directly with children and young people in school and college environments. It covers all aspects of specialist support, including: planning; delivering and reviewing assessment strategies to support learning alongside the teacher; bilingual support; special needs support; and personal development and reflective practice.
This qualification aims to:
The objectives of this qualification are to:
As learners need to show competence in both skills and knowledge, they will need to be working or be on a practical placement during the taught programme of study in a learning environment (school or college). At diploma level, we recommend that the learner undertakes 200 hours of placement across the certificate and the diploma.
Placements can be within any school or college environment from Key Stage 1 and above.
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, Reception class is not a suitable placement for this course. If you are working in a Reception Class or School Nursery, please take a look at our Early Years Educator Diploma.
The Supporting Teaching and Learning Certificate course is broken into 9x five week 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.
Block 7: Support children and young people’s speech, language and communication and understand how to support bilingual learners. Within this block you will learn the skills to support children and young people in the development of their speech, language and communication skills. You will also learn the knowledge and understanding to support bilingual learners in a learning environment.
Block 8: Understand how to support learning of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities in the learning environment. We will look at things such as the principles of inclusive practice and the rights of disabled children and young people and those with special educational needs.
Block 9: Support children and young people during transitions and Support the role of play, leisure and extra-curricular activities for children and young people. We will cover knowledge, understanding and skills in recognising and responding to signs and indications of transitions and supporting them to manage transitions and reach
positive outcomes. Also, we will explore enrichment through an extra-curricular activity such as a study club, recreational activity, sports team or performing
Placement Activities: You will complete a placement log for 200 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.
Further Study: These qualifications aim to provide learners with a number of progression options, including higher level studies at university or FE colleges. The skills required to progress to higher academic studies are different from those required at Levels 1 and 2. Level 3 qualifications enable the development of these skills.
You may also like to consider our advanced practitioner level 4 course.
Employment: This course will qualify you as a Teaching Assistant. You can seek employment working with children and young people or adults in a range of educational settings in a support role. Your specialist skills will help you to apply for positions working with bilingual learners or those with a range of SEND support needs. These skills are highly valuable in education.