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NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning (RQF)

Key Points

  • Understand how to competently carry out the role of a teaching assistant
  • Learn how to provide support to children and young people in their learning
  • Develop essential communication skills to work with individuals of all abilities and needs
  • Fully revised and updated course for 2020
  • Develop essential knowledge for working in a school environment
  • Become a fully qualified teaching assistant
  • This qualification is aimed at learners working in roles that offer specialist support for pupils‚Äô learning in primary, secondary or special schools, as well as colleges

About your Level 3 Diploma

All new for 2020, this Level 3 Diploma boasts a fully revised and updated syllabus to reflect the latest best practices and educational methodologies for supporting children and young people in both primary and secondary education settings.

This qualification is also aimed at learners working in roles that provide specialist support for pupils’ learning in primary, secondary or special schools, as well as colleges.

This level 3 Diploma will fully prepare you to work in an educational setting with children and young people.

You will be provided with the understanding and knowledge needed to collaborate with colleagues in preparing lessons and deliver planned activities in a safe, supportive, and structured way. Direct observation will also be part of the assessment process and your assessor will support you through this when you are ready.

This Diploma will teach you everything from the principles of safeguarding, inclusivity, developing positive relationships with children and young people to the importance of communication, including those with differing and/or special needs. You will develop the knowledge needed to collaborate with colleagues in preparing lessons and deliver planned activities in a safe, supportive, and structured way.

The Diploma will focuses on learners from 5 years of age although there a requirement to undertake some learning on the development of early years provision (theory). 

Upon completing this course, you will be ready to embark on your career in education, providing a source of support for both your class teacher and the children.

Getting Started

learndirect is the UK‚Äôs leading distance learning provider. Our industry leading offering allows you to learn from anywhere. Just log in to our online learning portal to access your course materials, any time of the day or night.

You will be supported throughout your learning by specialist, dedicated tutor who will mark your assignments and answer any questions relating to the course material.

By choosing to study online you are the one taking charge of your education. With no physical classes or timetables you will have the flexibility to study around your work and family commitments.

You can start studying towards your NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning right away, so you can start your new career in no time.

The units are broken down for your here so that you can see what your qualification will include.  However, the assignments you complete have been designed so that you can complete multiple tasks together where possible and you will see a different number of assignments in your personal portfolio; you will still be completing the whole qualification.

Unit 1: Schools and colleges as organisations

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the structure of education from early years to postcompulsory education
  • Understand how schools and colleges are organised in terms of roles and responsibilities
  • Understand teamwork in schools and colleges
  • Understand educational ethos, mission, aims and values
  • Understand the purpose of policies and procedures in education

Unit 2: Support health and safety in a learning environment 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how to plan and provide environments that support children and young people‚Äôs health and safety
  • Understand how to recognise and manage risks to health, safety and security in a learning environment or during off-site visits
  • Understand how to support children and young people to assess and manage risk for themselves 
  • Understand appropriate responses to accidents, incidents, emergencies and illness in the learning environment and during off-site visits
  • Understand own role in assisting in the administration of medication 

Unit 3: Understand how to safeguard children and young people

On completion of this unit you will:

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

Unit 4: Develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the principles of developing positive relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Understand legislation, policies and procedures for confidentiality and sharing information, including data protection
  • Be able to develop professional relationships with children and young people 
  • Be able to communicate with children and young people
  • Be able to develop professional relationships with adults
  • Be able to support children and young people in developing relationships
  • Be able to support inclusion and inclusive practices in work with children and young people 

Unit 5: Understand how children and young people develop 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the expected pattern of development for children and young people from birth to 19 years
  • Understand the factors that influence children and young people‚Äôs development and how these affect practice
  • Understand how to monitor children and young people‚Äôs 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 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand policies and procedures for promoting children and young people‚Äôs positive behaviour in a learning environment
  • Be able to promote positive behaviour
  • Be able to manage behaviour that challenges in a learning environment

Unit 7: Support children and young people during learning activities

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to contribute to planning learning activities
  • Be able to prepare for learning activities
  • Be able to support learning activities
  • Be able to observe and report on learner participation and progress
  • Be able to contribute to the evaluation of learning activities

Unit 8: Support English and maths skills

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to identify learner needs for English and maths support
  • Be able to provide English support to help learners access teaching and learning
  • Be able to provide maths support to help learners access teaching and learning 

Unit 9: Support the use of ICT in the learning environment

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the policy and procedures for the use of ICT for teaching and learning
  • Understand how to prepare ICT resources for use in teaching and learning 
  • Be able to support the use of ICT for teaching and learning

Unit 10: Support assessment for learning

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the purpose and characteristics of assessment for learning
  • Be able to use assessment strategies to promote learning
  • Be able to support learners in reviewing their learning strategies and achievements 
  • Be able to contribute to reviewing assessment for learning
  • Be able to maintain learner records

Unit 11: Engage in personal and professional development

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand what is required for competence in own work role
  • Be able to reflect on organisational practice
  • Be able to evaluate own performance
  • Be able to agree a personal development plan
  • Be able to use learning opportunities and reflective practice to contribute to personal development 

Unit 12: Support children and young people‚Äôs speech, language and communication

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of speech, language and communication for children and young people‚Äôs overall development 
  • Understand the role of support staff when supporting speech, language and communication development in the learning environment
  • Be able to provide support for the speech, language and communication development of children and young people in the learning environment 
  • Be able to contribute to maintaining a positive environment that supports speech, language and communication 

Unit 13: Understand how to support bilingual learners

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how to contribute to the assessment of bilingual learners 
  • Understand how to support bilingual learners to access the curriculum

Unit 14: Understand how to support learning of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • 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/or 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

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the range and impact of transitions that children and young people may experience
  • Be able to recognise and respond to transitions in children and young people‚Äôs lives
  • Be able to support children and young people to manage transitions in their lives

Unit 16: Support the role of play, leisure and extra-curricular activities for children and young people

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the nature and importance of play and leisure
  • Understand own role in relation to the requirements of play and leisure activities
  • Understand how to balance risk and challenge with the benefits of the play and leisure opportunity

There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds. However, please note that you must have a placement or be working in  a suitable educational setting.  The recommended number of placement, or work experience hours, differs if learners have completed the Certificate in Supporting Teaching & Learning qualification. 

In order to successfully complete this qualification, every student must participate in real work experience.  It is recommended that your placement, or job role, will allow between 50 hours (minimum) - 200 hours, (OR up to an additional 100 hours if the Certificate in Supporting Teaching & Learning has already been successfully completed).  This placement can be either paid or voluntary, so long as it provides the necessary evidence that the student needs to pass the course and allows the learner to demonstrate their practice over a period of time. This qualification allows the placement to be in a school or a College but excludes: 

  • After school clubs
  • Colleges
  • Distance learning colleges
  • Pre-schools

Along with the first set of course materials, you will also receive a comprehensive course guide. This will outline the placement requirements, how to set it up and the type of activities that will be assessed, including examples of the paperwork that you will submit to your assessor for evidence.

Please note: You must be at least 16 years of age to join this course.

After each lesson there will be a question paper which needs to be completed and submitted to your assessor for marking. Direct observation will also be part of the assessment process and your assessor will support you through this when you are ready.

This method of continual assessment ensures that your assessor can consistently monitor your progress and provide you with assistance throughout the duration of the course.

You should allow at least 1 - 2 hours of study to complete each question paper. The approximate amount of time required to complete the course is 310 hrs.

NCFE

NCFE logo

On successful completion of our NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning (RQF) you will receive a qualification listed on the RQF at level 3 (Qualification Reference Number: 603/2496/X). This course has also been assigned 53 credits.

NCFE is a national Awarding Organisation, passionate about designing, developing and certificating diverse, nationally recognised qualifications and awards. These qualifications contribute to the success of millions of learners at all levels, bringing them closer to fulfilling their personal goals. Last year alone, over 340,000 learners from over 2,000 colleges, schools and training organisations chose NCFE as the Awarding Organisation to help them move their careers forward.

NCFE is a registered educational charity and has a strong heritage in learning, going back over 150 years. With a buzz that sets it apart, NCFE is proud to be recognised for its exceptional customer service and friendly approach. We're a values based company and our values are at the heart of everything we do.

NCFE’s extensive product catalogue includes a wide range of general and vocationally related qualifications in a variety of subject areas, as well as Competence Based qualifications/NVQs, and Functional Skills qualifications.

NCFE is recognised as an Awarding Organisation 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 Welsh Government in Wales and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA Regulation) in Northern Ireland.

Developing your career

After successfully completing your qualification you could apply for a teaching assistant position within a nursery, infant or junior school, special school, secondary school or independent school, earning up to £17,000/year

If you are already working as a teaching assistant, this Level 3 Diploma will give you the chance to demonstrate to your employer that you have the necessary skills to take on further responsibility, progress in your role, and take your career in education further.

This qualification could even lead to higher education, such as a foundation degree course, which will grant you the opportunity of becoming a teacher in the future. If you think this is the right career for you, take a look at our Access to HE Diploma in Education to find out more.

NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning (RQF)

Key Points

  • Understand how to competently carry out the role of a teaching assistant
  • Learn how to provide support to children and young people in their learning
  • Develop essential communication skills to work with individuals of all abilities and needs
  • Fully revised and updated course for 2020
  • Develop essential knowledge for working in a school environment
  • Become a fully qualified teaching assistant
  • This qualification is aimed at learners working in roles that offer specialist support for pupils‚Äô learning in primary, secondary or special schools, as well as colleges

About your Level 3 Diploma

All new for 2020, this Level 3 Diploma boasts a fully revised and updated syllabus to reflect the latest best practices and educational methodologies for supporting children and young people in both primary and secondary education settings.

This qualification is also aimed at learners working in roles that provide specialist support for pupils’ learning in primary, secondary or special schools, as well as colleges.

This level 3 Diploma will fully prepare you to work in an educational setting with children and young people.

You will be provided with the understanding and knowledge needed to collaborate with colleagues in preparing lessons and deliver planned activities in a safe, supportive, and structured way. Direct observation will also be part of the assessment process and your assessor will support you through this when you are ready.

This Diploma will teach you everything from the principles of safeguarding, inclusivity, developing positive relationships with children and young people to the importance of communication, including those with differing and/or special needs. You will develop the knowledge needed to collaborate with colleagues in preparing lessons and deliver planned activities in a safe, supportive, and structured way.

The Diploma will focuses on learners from 5 years of age although there a requirement to undertake some learning on the development of early years provision (theory). 

Upon completing this course, you will be ready to embark on your career in education, providing a source of support for both your class teacher and the children.

Getting Started

learndirect is the UK‚Äôs leading distance learning provider. Our industry leading offering allows you to learn from anywhere. Just log in to our online learning portal to access your course materials, any time of the day or night.

You will be supported throughout your learning by specialist, dedicated tutor who will mark your assignments and answer any questions relating to the course material.

By choosing to study online you are the one taking charge of your education. With no physical classes or timetables you will have the flexibility to study around your work and family commitments.

You can start studying towards your NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning right away, so you can start your new career in no time.

Modules

The units are broken down for your here so that you can see what your qualification will include.  However, the assignments you complete have been designed so that you can complete multiple tasks together where possible and you will see a different number of assignments in your personal portfolio; you will still be completing the whole qualification.

Unit 1: Schools and colleges as organisations

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the structure of education from early years to postcompulsory education
  • Understand how schools and colleges are organised in terms of roles and responsibilities
  • Understand teamwork in schools and colleges
  • Understand educational ethos, mission, aims and values
  • Understand the purpose of policies and procedures in education

Unit 2: Support health and safety in a learning environment 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how to plan and provide environments that support children and young people‚Äôs health and safety
  • Understand how to recognise and manage risks to health, safety and security in a learning environment or during off-site visits
  • Understand how to support children and young people to assess and manage risk for themselves 
  • Understand appropriate responses to accidents, incidents, emergencies and illness in the learning environment and during off-site visits
  • Understand own role in assisting in the administration of medication 

Unit 3: Understand how to safeguard children and young people

On completion of this unit you will:

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

Unit 4: Develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the principles of developing positive relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Understand legislation, policies and procedures for confidentiality and sharing information, including data protection
  • Be able to develop professional relationships with children and young people 
  • Be able to communicate with children and young people
  • Be able to develop professional relationships with adults
  • Be able to support children and young people in developing relationships
  • Be able to support inclusion and inclusive practices in work with children and young people 

Unit 5: Understand how children and young people develop 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the expected pattern of development for children and young people from birth to 19 years
  • Understand the factors that influence children and young people‚Äôs development and how these affect practice
  • Understand how to monitor children and young people‚Äôs 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 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand policies and procedures for promoting children and young people‚Äôs positive behaviour in a learning environment
  • Be able to promote positive behaviour
  • Be able to manage behaviour that challenges in a learning environment

Unit 7: Support children and young people during learning activities

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to contribute to planning learning activities
  • Be able to prepare for learning activities
  • Be able to support learning activities
  • Be able to observe and report on learner participation and progress
  • Be able to contribute to the evaluation of learning activities

Unit 8: Support English and maths skills

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Be able to identify learner needs for English and maths support
  • Be able to provide English support to help learners access teaching and learning
  • Be able to provide maths support to help learners access teaching and learning 

Unit 9: Support the use of ICT in the learning environment

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the policy and procedures for the use of ICT for teaching and learning
  • Understand how to prepare ICT resources for use in teaching and learning 
  • Be able to support the use of ICT for teaching and learning

Unit 10: Support assessment for learning

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the purpose and characteristics of assessment for learning
  • Be able to use assessment strategies to promote learning
  • Be able to support learners in reviewing their learning strategies and achievements 
  • Be able to contribute to reviewing assessment for learning
  • Be able to maintain learner records

Unit 11: Engage in personal and professional development

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand what is required for competence in own work role
  • Be able to reflect on organisational practice
  • Be able to evaluate own performance
  • Be able to agree a personal development plan
  • Be able to use learning opportunities and reflective practice to contribute to personal development 

Unit 12: Support children and young people‚Äôs speech, language and communication

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of speech, language and communication for children and young people‚Äôs overall development 
  • Understand the role of support staff when supporting speech, language and communication development in the learning environment
  • Be able to provide support for the speech, language and communication development of children and young people in the learning environment 
  • Be able to contribute to maintaining a positive environment that supports speech, language and communication 

Unit 13: Understand how to support bilingual learners

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand how to contribute to the assessment of bilingual learners 
  • Understand how to support bilingual learners to access the curriculum

Unit 14: Understand how to support learning of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • 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/or 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

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the range and impact of transitions that children and young people may experience
  • Be able to recognise and respond to transitions in children and young people‚Äôs lives
  • Be able to support children and young people to manage transitions in their lives

Unit 16: Support the role of play, leisure and extra-curricular activities for children and young people

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the nature and importance of play and leisure
  • Understand own role in relation to the requirements of play and leisure activities
  • Understand how to balance risk and challenge with the benefits of the play and leisure opportunity

Requirements

There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds. However, please note that you must have a placement or be working in  a suitable educational setting.  The recommended number of placement, or work experience hours, differs if learners have completed the Certificate in Supporting Teaching & Learning qualification. 

In order to successfully complete this qualification, every student must participate in real work experience.  It is recommended that your placement, or job role, will allow between 50 hours (minimum) - 200 hours, (OR up to an additional 100 hours if the Certificate in Supporting Teaching & Learning has already been successfully completed).  This placement can be either paid or voluntary, so long as it provides the necessary evidence that the student needs to pass the course and allows the learner to demonstrate their practice over a period of time. This qualification allows the placement to be in a school or a College but excludes: 

  • After school clubs
  • Colleges
  • Distance learning colleges
  • Pre-schools

Along with the first set of course materials, you will also receive a comprehensive course guide. This will outline the placement requirements, how to set it up and the type of activities that will be assessed, including examples of the paperwork that you will submit to your assessor for evidence.

Please note: You must be at least 16 years of age to join this course.

Assessment

After each lesson there will be a question paper which needs to be completed and submitted to your assessor for marking. Direct observation will also be part of the assessment process and your assessor will support you through this when you are ready.

This method of continual assessment ensures that your assessor can consistently monitor your progress and provide you with assistance throughout the duration of the course.

You should allow at least 1 - 2 hours of study to complete each question paper. The approximate amount of time required to complete the course is 310 hrs.

Qualifications

NCFE

NCFE logo

On successful completion of our NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning (RQF) you will receive a qualification listed on the RQF at level 3 (Qualification Reference Number: 603/2496/X). This course has also been assigned 53 credits.

NCFE is a national Awarding Organisation, passionate about designing, developing and certificating diverse, nationally recognised qualifications and awards. These qualifications contribute to the success of millions of learners at all levels, bringing them closer to fulfilling their personal goals. Last year alone, over 340,000 learners from over 2,000 colleges, schools and training organisations chose NCFE as the Awarding Organisation to help them move their careers forward.

NCFE is a registered educational charity and has a strong heritage in learning, going back over 150 years. With a buzz that sets it apart, NCFE is proud to be recognised for its exceptional customer service and friendly approach. We're a values based company and our values are at the heart of everything we do.

NCFE’s extensive product catalogue includes a wide range of general and vocationally related qualifications in a variety of subject areas, as well as Competence Based qualifications/NVQs, and Functional Skills qualifications.

NCFE is recognised as an Awarding Organisation 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 Welsh Government in Wales and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA Regulation) in Northern Ireland.

Developing your career

After successfully completing your qualification you could apply for a teaching assistant position within a nursery, infant or junior school, special school, secondary school or independent school, earning up to £17,000/year

If you are already working as a teaching assistant, this Level 3 Diploma will give you the chance to demonstrate to your employer that you have the necessary skills to take on further responsibility, progress in your role, and take your career in education further.

This qualification could even lead to higher education, such as a foundation degree course, which will grant you the opportunity of becoming a teacher in the future. If you think this is the right career for you, take a look at our Access to HE Diploma in Education to find out more.

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