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Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools CACHE Level 2 Certificate (workplace)

To gain an understanding of the knowledge and skills needed to work directly with children and young people in school or college environments. It covers a wide range of areas including children and young people’s development, supporting children and young people’s positive behaviour and communication and professional relationships.

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 must be at least 16 years old. You will need to be working in a school or college or undertake a volunteer placement for the duration of the course, approx. 8-10 hours a week. This can be in any type of school or college and should involve a general support role or a role with specific responsibilities for a pupil, subject area or age group.

Course content

During the course you will undertake 11 Mandatory Units:

  • Understand Schools and Colleges as Organisations
  • Understand Children & Young People’s Development
  • Safeguarding Children and Young People
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in a learning environment for Children and Young People
  • Maintain relationships with children and young people
  • Support the Health and Safety of children and young people
  • Support positive behaviour in a learning environment for children and young people
  • Contribute to teamwork in a learning environment
  • Understand children and young people’s play and leisure
  • Promote an effective learning environment
  • Provide displays in a learning environment.

Assessment methods

All units will be internally assessed using a range of methods. You will have to access an e-portfolio, complete written assignments, activities, and undertake online learning. An assessor will also visit you in the placement to carry out observations. 


NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning 
Further study and career options

Course progression: On completion of this course you can progress to Supporting Teaching & Learning Level 3 Certificate or Diploma

Career progression: Preparation for employment in a school or college environment

Additional information

It is highly recommended that you purchase the qualification course book.

Funding information
This course could be FREE! You could be eligible for free study if you are unemployed and on a qualifying benefit. Find out more 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
12 months Flexible Ring our Sales team on 01234 291747Ring our Sales team on 01234 291747 Cauldwell Street BBK164S3

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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.

If you are unemployed and receiving benefits then you could learn for FREE

You could be eligible for free study if you are unemployed and on one of the following benefits:

  • Employment & Support Allowance (work-related activity group)
  • Jobseekers Allowance
  • Working Tax Credit (subject to income)
  • Income support

Please note: you will need to be able to produce evidence of the benefit in your name when you come to enrol.

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