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Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Level 3 Certificate (RQF)

Distance Learning Teaching Assistant course which fully qualifies you as a Level 3 Teaching Assistant.

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Distance learning, self-paced
250 hours
Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
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The Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Level 3 Certificate is suitable for those already working or volunteering in a school in the role of Teaching Assistant, Classroom Assistant or Learning Support Assistant. It is focused on those students directly supporting teaching and learning of pupils in an area that requires specialist knowledge and skills.

The qualification is fully recognised and accepted by OFSTED and qualifies students as a Level 3 Teaching Assistant.


Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

Awarded by CACHE.
Regulated by Ofqual


  • Guide to Teaching Assistant Courses - download


Support is provided for up to 12 months but it is entirely up to you how quickly you work through the course. The estimated study time is 250 hours so if you average around 5-6 hours a week study you would complete in 11-12 months.

The course is delivered hard copy in folders. These are yours to keep so you can write on them, make notes etc. Your pack will contain everything you need to begin your course including your lessons, tutor and support information. In addition a study guide explaining how to get started along with comprehensive study notes for each element of the course is included.

The course is split into eleven units. At the end of each unit you will complete an assignment which you will email to your tutor. An assignment is a set of questions based upon the unit you have just studied. If there are any areas for improvements or anything that you have misunderstood you will always have the opportunity to re-submit. Alongside this you will be putting together a portfolio of evidence. Here you are documenting examples of tasks and activities you complete in the classroom. Your evidence sheets will be signed by the teacher you work alongside in the classroom.

The good news is there are no exams! Once you have completed all the assignments/portfolio work you complete the course.


Unit 1: Schools and Colleges as Organisations

  • The structure of education from early years to post-compulsory education
  • How schools and colleges are organised in terms of roles and responsibilites
  • Teamwork in schools and colleges
  • Educational ethos, mission, aims and values

Unit 2: Support Health and Safety in a Learning Environment

  • Plan and provide environments that support children and young people's health and safety
  • Recognise and manage risks to health, safety and security in a learning environment or during off-site visits
  • Support children and young people to assess and manage risk for themselves
  • Appropriate responses to accidents, incidents, emergencies and illness in the learning environment and during off-site visits
  • Own role is assisting in the administration of medication

Unit 3: Understand how to Safeguard Children and Young People

  • Legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding children and young people
  • How to work in partnership with other organisations to safeguard children and young people
  • The need to ensure children and young people's safety and protection in the learning environment
  • How to respond to evidence or concerns that a child or young person has been abused or harmed
  • How to work with children and young people to support their well-being

Unit 4: Develop Professional Relationships with Children, Young People and Adults

  • The principles of developing positive relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Legislation, policies, and procedures for confidentiality and sharing information, including data protection
  • Develop professional relationships with children and young people
  • Communicate with chidren and young people
  • Develop professional relationships with adults
  • Support children and young people in developing relationships
  • Support inclusion and inclusive practices in work with children and young people

Unit 5: Understand how Children and Young People Develop

  • The expected pattern of development for children and young people from birth to 19 years
  • The factors that influence children and young people's development and how these affect practice
  • Monitor children and young people's development and interventions that should take place if this is not following the expected pattern

Unit 6: Support Positive Behaviour in Children and Young People

  • Policies and procedures for promoting children and young people's positive behaviour in a learning environment
  • Promote positive behaviour
  • Manage behaviour that challenges in a learning environment

Unit 7: Support Children and Young People during Learning Activities

  • Contribute to learning activities
  • Prepare for learning activities
  • Support learning activities
  • Observe and report on learner participation and progress
  • Contribute to the evaluation of learning activities

Unit 8: Support English and Maths Skills

  • Identify learner needs for English and Maths support
  • Provide English support to help learners access teaching and learning
  • Provide Maths support to help learners access teaching and learning

Unit 9: Support the use of ICT in the Learning Environment

  • Policy and procedures for the use of ICT for teaching and learning
  • Prepare ICT resources for use in teaching and learning
  • Support the use of ICT for teaching and learning

Unit 10: Support Assessment of Learning

  • Purpose and characteristics of assessment for learning
  • Use assessment strategies to promote learning
  • Support learners in reviewing their learning strategies and achievements
  • Contribute to reviewing assessment for learning
  • Maintain learner records

Unit 11: Engage in Personal and Professional Development

  • What is required for competence in own work role
  • Reflect on organisational practice
  • Evaluate own performance
  • Agree a personal development plan
  • Use learning opportunities and reflective practice to contribute to personal development


You must either be employed or have access to at least one day a work voluntary in a school setting of reception class or above. This can be split, for example two mornings a week or two afternoons.

If you miss a week for any reason this is fine, the recommendation is simply to ensure you have enough time in class to gather the necessary evidence to complete the course.

Career path

This course provides successful students with a qualification from NCFE CACHE, regulated by Ofqual. NCFE CACHE is an Awarding Organisation recognised by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) in England and by the Welsh Government.

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What does study method mean?

Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

What are CPD hours/points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on, many of which can be completed online.

What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as Quality Licence Scheme and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.