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Supporting Teaching and Learning NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma

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Supporting Teaching and Learning NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma

The Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning is designed for those working directly with children and young people in a education and learning environments, this can be a school or college.

This qualification will provide 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.

It is aimed at learners working in support roles within schools and colleges with children aged 5 years and above.


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Course information

Need to know


Learners must be aged 16 or over.

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, CACHE recommends that the learner undertakes an additional 100 hours of placement in a real work environment to that taken at the Certificate level, total 200 hours.

What qualification will I gain?

NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning.

How will I be assessed?

All units will be internally assessed using a range of methods including written assignments, observation visits, and professional discussions.

Knowledge based outcomes can be assessed using a variety of assessment tasks including assignment, online learning and activities. Performance and skills-based outcomes must be achieved with reference to a real work environment and will include assessor visits to carry out observations in the workplace.

All assessment methods will be co-ordinated to suit the individual needs of the learner.

Course content

What will I study?

You will study:

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 is to:

  • provide learners with in depth understanding of the knowledge and skills needed to work in a school or college environment
  • provide a stepping stone into further learning within the sector

Within this qualification, Learners will complete 16 mandatory units, gaining 53 credits.

The units are:

  • STL3C1: Schools and colleges as organisations
  • STL3C2: Support health and safety in a learning environment
  • STL3C3: Understand how to safeguard children and young people
  • STL3C4: Develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • STL3C5: Understand how children and young people develop
  • STL3C6: Support positive behaviour in children and young people
  • STL3C7: Support children and young people during learning activities
  • STL3C8: Support English and Maths skills
  • STL3C9: Support the use of ICT in the learning environment
  • STL3C10: Support assessment for learning
  • STL3C11: Engage in personal and professional development
  • STL3D12: Support children and young people’s speech, language and communication
  • STL3D13 Understand how to support bilingual learners
  • STL3D14 Understand how to support learning of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities
  • STL3D15 Support children and young people during transitions
  • STL3D16 Support the role of play, leisure and extra-curricular activities for children and young people

Learners will need to be working, volunteering or on practical placement in a school setting to show competence in both knowledge and skills. Placement opportunity should allow for adults to be able to support children with English and Maths lessons as well as supporting ICT. In addition to this the Diploma units will cover transitions to other schools, supporting play and leisure and ensuring safe activities for after school.

Next steps

Course progression:

Learners can progress onto the Level 4 Advanced Practitioner in Schools & Colleges, a Foundation degree or specialist support role within the workforce.

Career progressions:

Upon achievement of this qualification learners will be able to go into the work place as a Level 3 qualified learning support practitioner.

Additional information

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

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Available Courses
Work Based
Type: Part Time
Length: 2 years
Day(s): Flex
Fees: £1,987.00 Fee notes: The fee shown is the total cost for the course.

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Funding Information

The College offers an instalment plan for Further Education and Higher Education courses to students where the total amount payable at the point of enrolment is £200 or more. Within the scheme there is an ability to pay up to 6 instalments, depending on the length of the courses and the final payment must be paid at least a month before the end of the course.

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. 

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This course could be FREE! You could be eligible for free study if you are unemployed and on a qualifying benefit. To find out if you are eligible open our Part-time fee flow chart below or call our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990.


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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.

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Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 to order your copy.