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Specialist Support for Teaching & Learning in Schools CACHE Level 3 Diploma

This CACHE qualification will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the knowledge and skills required when working directly with children or young people in primary, secondary or special schools. It covers all aspects of Specialist Support including planning, delivering, and reviewing assessment strategies to support learning alongside the teacher, bilingual and special needs support and personal development and reflective practice.

Entry requirements

You will need substantial relevant experience in employment as a teaching assistant or have completed our NVQ /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 holding a specialist role 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

This course will cover behaviour management, safety, child protection, supporting activities and working well in a team.

The units you will study are as follows:

  • Understanding child and young person development
  • Understanding how to safeguard the wellbeing of children and young people
  • Schools as organisations
  • Communication and relationships
  • Assessment for learning
  • Support learning activities
  • Health and safety
  • Develop own and team practices
  • Equality and diversity
  • Relationships
  • Behaviour

There will also be a range of optional units based around your specialist role within your setting.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods 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 Disability Studies. Alternatively, you can improve your literacy and numeracy skills by progressing on to further courses for teaching assistants.

Additional information

This course can be delivered using our E-learning resource where students can have access to their assessor, access to resources, tutorials and reading materials.  They will then have work place assessments from their assessor throughout the course. 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 Cauldwell Street K1453

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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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