Level 3 Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools

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


This qualification will provide learners with a secure understanding of the knowledge and skills needed when working directly with children or young people in school environments. It is suitable for Teaching Assistants, Learning Support Assistants, Parent Support Advisors, Learning Mentors or those in a similar role at Level 3.

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Key facts

  • Start date: Ongoing
  • Duration: 12-18 months
  • Location: Workplace
  • Fees: This course is funded through the Advanced Learner Loan, unless this is your first full Level 3 qualification where the course is fully funded.

Your future

On successful completion of this Level 3 qualification, students are able to progress into a wide range of job roles including working as a Teaching Assistant, a Learning Support Assistant or a Special Needs Assistant.

Entry requirements

Level 2 Supporting Teaching and Learning or at least three years experience within a school environment including Maths and English at Grade C or Functional Skills Level 2.

Mandatory Units

  • Understand child and young person development
  • Understand how to safeguard the wellbeing of children and young people
  • Communication and professional relationships with children and young people
  • Schools as organisations
  • Support learning activities
  • Promote children and young people’s positive behaviour
  • Develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Promote equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people
  • Support assessment for learning
  • Engage in personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
  • Support children and young people’s health and safety

Optional Units

Optional units to the value of four credits will be chosen from a range of units depending on their role.


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