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Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools CACHE Level 2 Certificate

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.

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 would also recommend that a Paediatric First Aid Course is completed.

Assessment methods

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

Further study and career options

On successful completion of this course you can progress on to our Supporting Teaching & Learning Level 3 Certificate.

Funding information

This course could be free! You will be eligible if you are aged 19-24 on the 31st August of the year you are starting your course and are actively seeking employment and in receipt of a means tested benefit (such as job seekers, housing benefit, council tax benefit). Please note you will need to be able to produce evidence of the benefit in your name when you come to enrol.

Course information & how to book

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

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

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
31 weeks 02/10/2015 Fri 9.30 am - 12.00 pm £350 Cauldwell Street E1923 Course in progress
20 weeks 26/04/2016 Tue 10.00 am - 3.00 pm £350 Luton Training Centre E1923S2 Course in progress
20 weeks 06/10/2015 Tue 10.00 am - 3.00 pm £350 Luton Training Centre E1923S3 Course in progress

Part-time course already started?

Our upcoming 2016-17 Part-time Course Guide will be out in May.
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Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, problems with English and Maths, are deaf or hearing impaired, or missing the essential skills needed to complete your course, 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.
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