NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning
This NCFE CACHE course is perfect for anyone just starting in their career as a teaching assistant. It is a nationally recognised teaching assistant qualification.
Qualification Number: 603/2496/X
Level 3 / NCFE CACHE / OSC130
over 12 months and £ deposit
over 12 months and £ deposit
12 months expert tutor support
24 hour access
Fully accredited course
This NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning qualification is ideal for anyone looking to pursue a career as a teaching assistant. The course will provide learners with the required knowledge and skills to become a teaching assistant, supporting pupils in a primary, secondary, or SEN school. The purpose of this course is to help avid learners understand the importance of a teaching assistants' role and provide support in primary subject areas such as mathematics, English, Science, and ICT. This course will also look at how to provide support for children's speech, language, and communication development in a learning environment. Completing this course will ensure learners can work with children and young people in primary, secondary, or SEN school, allowing them to become fully qualified teaching assistants.
CACHE Alumni Membership
Take advantage of becoming a part of the CACHE Alumni once you have enrolled on any of our CACHE courses. CACHE Alumni is a professional membership network for those who work in the healthcare and education industries. It is free to join and it supports practitioners, learners, and educators throughout their learning journey. Some of the benefits from joining CACHE Alumni include access to the latest articles across the healthcare sector for two years and complete access to useful webinars, podcasts, and career support.
Qualification Title: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning
Qualification Number: 603/2496/X
Total Credits: 53
You must be 16 or over to enrol and working or volunteering within a school setting.
This course requires an assessment of your practical skills within your working environment. All units are internally assessed. Therefore, it is essential that you secure a placement in key stage one (KS1) or above. You need to ensure that you can get a suitable teacher (to act as your workplace assessor) who can observe you, comment on your skills, and sign the workplace evidence you submit for your assessments. Direct observations are mandatory and will be used as evidence of your qualification.
Methods of assessment could include the following:
Direct observation of practice
Recorded professional discussions
Reflection on own practise in real work situations, such as written assignments
Question and answer sessions. Students will also be required to be working or on placement within a school or college environment (KS1 or above) to enable them to provide the evidence needed to complete the qualification. It is recommended that learners complete 200 placement hours.
NCFE CACHE (Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education) is a leading awarding organisation specialising in the care and education sector.
CACHE endorse a range of qualifications to individuals and organisations throughout the UK and internationally. Successful learners will receive a Level 3 NCFE certificate of achievement at the end of this course. That means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to Level 3 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) for England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Accreditation by NCFE is a guarantee of quality. It means that this learning programme has been scrutinised and approved by an independent panel of experienced educational professionals and is quality audited biannually by NCFE. NCFE is recognised as an awarding body by the qualification regulators ('regulators') for England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The regulators are the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills (DCELLS) in Wales and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland.
Unit 1: Schools and colleges as organisations
This first unit will look at the purpose of policies and procedures in education and the importance of teamwork in schools and colleges. It will allow learners to understand how colleges and schools are organised in terms of roles and responsibilities.
Unit 2: Support health and safety in a learning environment
This unit will teach learners how to understand and choose the appropriate responses to accidents, incidents, emergencies, and illness in the learning environment. It will look at how to support children and young people’s health and safety in more detail, primarily in a learning environment.
Unit 3: Understand how to safeguard children and young people
This unit will look at the legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding children and young people. It will teach learners the signs to look out for when trying to identify whether a child or young person has been abused or harmed and how to respond to evidence given. It will also explore how to work in partnership with other organisations to safeguard children and young people.
Unit 4: Develop professional relationships with children, young people, and adults
This unit aims to focus on developing professional relationships with children, young people, and adults, starting with effective communication, and exploring how to successfully support inclusion and inclusive practices in work with children and young people.
Unit 5: Understand how children and young people develop
This unit builds upon unit 4 in that it focuses on expected patterns of development for children and young people from birth to 19 years. It also looks at how to monitor children and young people’s development and how these affect practice.
Unit 6: Support positive behaviour in children and young people
This unit looks at how to support positive behaviour in children and young people and manage behaviour that might challenge the learning environment.
Unit 7: Support children and young people during learning activities
This unit concentrates on how the teaching assistant can contribute to the evaluation of learning activities and prepares them to be able to observe and report on learner participation and progress.
Unit 8: Support English and Maths skills
With English and Mathematics being core subjects, it is crucial that a teaching assistant can identify strengths and weaknesses in pupils and be able to support them with any additional help that may be necessary.
Unit 9: Support the use of ICT in the learning environment
ICT is another fundamental subject, and teaching assistants must understand the policy and procedures for the benefit of ICT and support the use of ICT for teaching and learning.
Unit 10: Support assessment for learning
Understanding the purpose and characteristics of assessment learning is a must. This unit focuses on precisely that. It will discuss ways to maintain learner records and use specific assessment strategies to promote better learning.
Unit 11: Engage in personal and professional development
By the end of this unit, learners should be able to understand what is required for competence in their work role. Be able to evaluate your performance and, most importantly, reflect on organisational and personal practice.
Unit 12: Support children and young people’s speech, language, and communication.
This Unit allows learners to understand the importance of speech, language and communication for children and young people’s overall development. Learners should then be able to support the speech, language, and communication development in the learning environment.
Unit 13: Understand how to support bilingual learners
This unit suggests how to contribute to the assessment of bilingual learners and understand how to support bilingual learners to access the curriculum.
Unit 14: Understand how to support the learning of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities
This unit will outline how to:
Understand the principles of inclusive practice and the rights of disabled children and young people, and those with special educational needs
Understand how to obtain information about individual needs, capabilities and interests of disabled children and young people, and those with special educational needs
Understand the special educational needs of children and young people with cognition and learning needs. Understand the special educational needs of children and young people with emotional, behavioural, and social development needs
Understand the special educational needs of learners with sensory and physical needs
Understand the kinds of strategies needed to support children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.
Unit 15: Support children and young people during transitions
This unit addresses the range and impact of changes that children and young people may experience. This module will also help learners recognise and respond to transitions in children and young people’s lives and teach learners how to support them.
Unit 16: Support the role of play, leisure and extra-curricular activities for children and young people
The final module will focus on the nature and importance of play and leisure. It will demonstrate how to balance risk and challenge with the benefits of the play and leisure opportunity.
The learner will have access to the course materials 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The learner will receive access to this course through a dedicated online learning portal. The learner will be able to contact their tutor through the learning portal via the messaging systems. The learner will also upload their assignments through this portal to ensure that a single system handles all the learner’s needs. The tutor is there to provide the learner with advice and guidance throughout the course and mark the unit assignments. The tutor will have extensive knowledge in the relevant area and will be able to provide the learner with personalised feedback throughout the course.
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Please be aware that our tutors are actively assisting multiple learners, and to ensure they are not inundated with excessive workloads, we have implemented a policy limiting learners to submitting a maximum of three units of work for evaluation at any given time. We recommend that you upload your completed units as you finish them. This way, you can benefit from your tutor's feedback to enhance your future assignment submissions.
Your work will be marked and feedback returned to you within 10 working days after submission. This is because our tutors are required to provide detailed, considered feedback to our learners that may take a while to formulate. We find that by working this way, our learners actually complete their course in less time, as they rarely need to submit an assignment more than twice.
Whilst it is possible to submit multiple assignments at the same time, we advise that our learners submit only one at a time. We want our learners to develop as they progress through their course, and find this is best achieved when a student embarks on a new module having taken into account tutor feedback from the previous submission.
Kindly note that our tutors are currently supporting multiple learners simultaneously. In order to maintain a balanced workload for them, we have established a policy that restricts learners to submitting a maximum of three units of work for evaluation at any given time.
Depending on the course you have chosen, and the amount of time you can commit, it could take from 6 weeks to 12 months to complete your course. Your end of support date is when you need to have your course copmpleted by in order to be able to be certificated, this is usually 12 months from purchase.
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We do strongly recommend, though, that before you purchase a course you assess your ability to commit the necessary time to completing the course in a timeframe that will not leave you losing your motivation.
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Some courses require you to be continually assessed throughout the course, while others may require an end of course exam or assignment (which may be completed at home) to be submitted to your tutor.
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Yes, you can take as many courses as your time allows, but we would recommend that you clearly evaluate how much time you can commit to your courses of study.
The good news is that if your circumstances change you can always take a limited break and come back to your studies to save your paid for support.
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Certainly, in most instances, there are no geographical constraints on where you can undertake your studies. However, it's important to note that specific courses may be subject to geographical limitations imposed by the Awarding Organisation, and these restrictions will be clearly stated in the course description.
You just need to be aware that all tutors are based in the UK and work may need to be submitted to them via post, although in most cases e-mail can be used.
Where the course requires that you sit an invigilated exam at a test centre, there are many exam centres outside of the UK. However, we would advise that you check with us before purchasing one of these courses if you want to study from abroad.
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