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NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning (RQF)
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16 units
310 guided
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NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning (RQF)

This Course at a Glance

  • Become a Teaching Assistant
  • Assist children of all abilities
  • Progress your TA career
  • Work in schools and colleges
  • No prior experience necessary
  • Practical placement required
  • Gain an RQF accredited qualification
  • Study the online materials at your pace
 

About Your Diploma

 
If you are good with children and like the idea of taking this interest into a career, an NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning (RQF) can help you become a qualified Teaching Assistant. 
 
What’s more, the course is designed to advance your career if you’re already working as a Teaching Assistant. So, you can take on more responsibilities and provide specialist support.
 
Through a blend of online study and practical learning, you’ll gain the skills needed to work with children and young people in a classroom environment, without the need to go to university. 
 
You’ll study everything, from how to develop positive relationships with children to the legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding children and young people.
 
You will also develop advanced supporting skills, such as how to support bilingual learners, children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. Plus, those who are going through transitional periods in their lives. 
 
With this knowledge, you will be able to assist children of all abilities and backgrounds, so each child can have an enjoyable and engaging learning experience. You will also be able to take these skills into employment within primary and secondary institutions, specialist schools and colleges, giving you an ample range of job opportunities to explore!
 

Getting Started

 
learndirect is the leading UK online learning provider having helped more than 4 million students achieve their desired qualifications. This NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning (RQF) is a nationally recognised qualification that will help you kickstart or advance your career as a Teaching Assistant. 
 
Combining both online study with workplace learning, this course equips you with a desirable combination of theoretical knowledge and practical skills. 
 
You can study the online element of the course from wherever suits, at your pace, allowing you to progress through this part of the course quickly if you have the capacity to. Just bear in mind that you will need to complete at least 50 hours in a relevant work placement to demonstrate your skills. 
 
Should you need it, you have up to two years to complete this course. You will also benefit from the support of a dedicated professional tutor and flexible payment methods to spread the cost of your learning. 
OUR PASS RATE
Teaching & Education (National Average 73.8%)
79.3%

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’s 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’s 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’s development and how these affect practice
  • Understand how to 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 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand policies and procedures for promoting children and young people’s 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’s speech, language and communication

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of speech, language and communication for children and young people’s 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’s 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
You don’t need any prior experience or qualifications to enrol and get started on this course. Though you will need to secure a work placement or already be working within a suitable educational setting to demonstrate your skills.
 
*Please note: The recommended number of placement or work experience hours differs if you have already completed the Certificate in Supporting Teaching & Learning qualification.
 
To successfully complete the qualification, you need to allow between 50 hours (minimum) to 200 hours to complete your placement or work experience. Or, up to 100 hours if the Certificate in Supporting Teaching & Learning has already been successfully completed.
 
Your placement or work experience can be paid or voluntary, so long as it provides the necessary evidence to demonstrate your skills and understanding. 
This placement or work experience can take place in a school or college, but not within:
 
  • After school clubs
  • Distance learning colleges 
  • Pre-schools
 
Along with your course materials, you will receive a comprehensive course guide that outlines the placement requirements. The guide also explains how to set up 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 enrol on this course

After each module, there will be a question paper you need to complete and submit 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.

Teaching Assistants are now sought after in most schools, colleges and specialist education institutions. So, no matter the age bracket of children you would like to support or the type of assistance you would like to provide, there is a Teaching Assistant role to suit. 
 
Teaching Assistant roles span across five levels, with additional responsibilities at each subsequent level. There are also three levels of Teaching Assistants who can provide specialist support.
 
The Teaching Assistant levels are:
 
  • Teaching Assistant Level 1 - 5
  • Additional Support Needs Assistant Level 1 - 3
 
With this NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning (RQF), you could pursue or progress to Teaching Assistant and Additional Support Needs Assistant roles at Level 3.
 

Further Qualifications and Prospects 

 
To progress in your role from this point, there are various avenues you could take. You could work your way towards Level 4 or 5 Teaching Assistant status with further study and be awarded Higher Level Teaching Assistant status. 
 
Courses that could help you do this include:
 
 
Many Teaching Assistants also progress to become a Teacher. If this is something you would be interested in you can do this by undertaking Initial Teacher Education or Training (ITET) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). You can achieve this through Straight to Teaching, a school-led QTS development programme, or by studying at university. 
 
If your school doesn’t participate in the Straight to Teaching scheme, you’ll be responsible for organising your higher education training. The route you take to getting a recognised teaching qualification depends on the level of qualifications you already have.
 
If you have a degree that meets the minimum grade, you can apply for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).
 
If you don’t have a degree, you will need to apply for an undergraduate ITET programme at university with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). You can do this by studying a Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree with QTS. Or by completing a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BSc) education degrees with QTS if there is a particular subject you want to teach.
 
Useful courses to help you meet university entry requirements include:
 

  • FREE On-Demand & Live Classes Upgrade - RRP £480
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NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning (RQF)

This Course at a Glance

  • Become a Teaching Assistant
  • Assist children of all abilities
  • Progress your TA career
  • Work in schools and colleges
  • No prior experience necessary
  • Practical placement required
  • Gain an RQF accredited qualification
  • Study the online materials at your pace
 

About Your Diploma

 
If you are good with children and like the idea of taking this interest into a career, an NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning (RQF) can help you become a qualified Teaching Assistant. 
 
What’s more, the course is designed to advance your career if you’re already working as a Teaching Assistant. So, you can take on more responsibilities and provide specialist support.
 
Through a blend of online study and practical learning, you’ll gain the skills needed to work with children and young people in a classroom environment, without the need to go to university. 
 
You’ll study everything, from how to develop positive relationships with children to the legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding children and young people.
 
You will also develop advanced supporting skills, such as how to support bilingual learners, children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. Plus, those who are going through transitional periods in their lives. 
 
With this knowledge, you will be able to assist children of all abilities and backgrounds, so each child can have an enjoyable and engaging learning experience. You will also be able to take these skills into employment within primary and secondary institutions, specialist schools and colleges, giving you an ample range of job opportunities to explore!
 

Getting Started

 
learndirect is the leading UK online learning provider having helped more than 4 million students achieve their desired qualifications. This NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning (RQF) is a nationally recognised qualification that will help you kickstart or advance your career as a Teaching Assistant. 
 
Combining both online study with workplace learning, this course equips you with a desirable combination of theoretical knowledge and practical skills. 
 
You can study the online element of the course from wherever suits, at your pace, allowing you to progress through this part of the course quickly if you have the capacity to. Just bear in mind that you will need to complete at least 50 hours in a relevant work placement to demonstrate your skills. 
 
Should you need it, you have up to two years to complete this course. You will also benefit from the support of a dedicated professional tutor and flexible payment methods to spread the cost of your learning. 
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  • Access your course materials immediately
  • Tutor support via our market-leading platform
  • Study around existing commitments
  • Progress as quickly as you’d like
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  • Engaging content; from videos to interactive quizzes
  • Industry-leading 5 days marking turnaround
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  • Tutor support via our market-leading platform
  • Study around existing commitments
  • Progress as quickly as you’d like
  • Tailored individual learning plan to help you succeed
  • Engaging content; from videos to interactive quizzes
  • Industry-leading 5 days marking turnaround

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’s 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’s 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’s development and how these affect practice
  • Understand how to 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 

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand policies and procedures for promoting children and young people’s 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’s speech, language and communication

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the importance of speech, language and communication for children and young people’s 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’s 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

You don’t need any prior experience or qualifications to enrol and get started on this course. Though you will need to secure a work placement or already be working within a suitable educational setting to demonstrate your skills.
 
*Please note: The recommended number of placement or work experience hours differs if you have already completed the Certificate in Supporting Teaching & Learning qualification.
 
To successfully complete the qualification, you need to allow between 50 hours (minimum) to 200 hours to complete your placement or work experience. Or, up to 100 hours if the Certificate in Supporting Teaching & Learning has already been successfully completed.
 
Your placement or work experience can be paid or voluntary, so long as it provides the necessary evidence to demonstrate your skills and understanding. 
This placement or work experience can take place in a school or college, but not within:
 
  • After school clubs
  • Distance learning colleges 
  • Pre-schools
 
Along with your course materials, you will receive a comprehensive course guide that outlines the placement requirements. The guide also explains how to set up 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 enrol on this course

Assessment

After each module, there will be a question paper you need to complete and submit 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.

Teaching Assistants are now sought after in most schools, colleges and specialist education institutions. So, no matter the age bracket of children you would like to support or the type of assistance you would like to provide, there is a Teaching Assistant role to suit. 
 
Teaching Assistant roles span across five levels, with additional responsibilities at each subsequent level. There are also three levels of Teaching Assistants who can provide specialist support.
 
The Teaching Assistant levels are:
 
  • Teaching Assistant Level 1 - 5
  • Additional Support Needs Assistant Level 1 - 3
 
With this NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning (RQF), you could pursue or progress to Teaching Assistant and Additional Support Needs Assistant roles at Level 3.
 

Further Qualifications and Prospects 

 
To progress in your role from this point, there are various avenues you could take. You could work your way towards Level 4 or 5 Teaching Assistant status with further study and be awarded Higher Level Teaching Assistant status. 
 
Courses that could help you do this include:
 
 
Many Teaching Assistants also progress to become a Teacher. If this is something you would be interested in you can do this by undertaking Initial Teacher Education or Training (ITET) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). You can achieve this through Straight to Teaching, a school-led QTS development programme, or by studying at university. 
 
If your school doesn’t participate in the Straight to Teaching scheme, you’ll be responsible for organising your higher education training. The route you take to getting a recognised teaching qualification depends on the level of qualifications you already have.
 
If you have a degree that meets the minimum grade, you can apply for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).
 
If you don’t have a degree, you will need to apply for an undergraduate ITET programme at university with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). You can do this by studying a Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree with QTS. Or by completing a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BSc) education degrees with QTS if there is a particular subject you want to teach.
 
Useful courses to help you meet university entry requirements include:
 

Salary Indicator

Salary Projection
Entry Level Salary
£11.5k
Average Salary
£17k
Experienced Salary
£23k
Average Salary
after completing
£17k

You can earn an average of £17,000 a year

OUR PASS RATE
Teaching & Education
79.3%
(National Average 73.8%)
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