NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning

Official CACHE qualification

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For teaching assistants looking to develop their skillset and have additional specialist support and knowledge...

  • Official CACHE qualification
  • Achieve a career in a school as a Teaching Assistant
  • Develop your knowledge in safeguarding and the wellbeing of children and young people
  • Must be working or have school placement
  • FREE access to the CACHE Alumni for 2 years when you enrol on your course
Course overview

Ideal for those who are already employed as a teaching assistant or learning support assistant, this CACHE course offers additional specialist support knowledge and skills.

The Level 3 Diploma is the final stage in the Level 3 Supporting Teaching and Learning nested qualification.

Gain exceptional personal development skills for your career as a teaching assistant and understand vital experience carrying out reflective practice which is essential to the role.

Course Duration

Up to 18 months.

Study Hours

Approximately 530 hours.

Course Outcome

You will recieve your NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning worth up to 53 credits.

Entry Requirements

You must be working or on a practical placement within a school setting.


Tutor marked assignmnets and observations.

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Course Requirements

You must be at least 16 years old and working or on practical placement throughout the duration of the qualification.  A total of 200 placement hours should be completed.

Course Duration

Once enrolled, you have up to 18 months to complete your course. The course will take approximately 530 hours to complete.

Study Method

You will study this course by distance learning, which will enable you to learn when and where you want. You can study from home or at work; it is completely up to you. All your materials will be posted or emailed to you online, whichever you choose. You will also receive our tutor support by email, so help is only a click away.


All units are internally assessed. Assessment enables the learner’s workplace practice to provide evidence for individual units as well as the whole qualification. This course requires an assessment of your practical skills within your working environment. It is essential that you secure a placement in KS1 or above that can provide you with a suitably qualified teacher (to act as your workplace assessor) who can observe you, comment on your skills and sign the workplace evidence that you submit for your assessments. Direct observations are mandatory and will be used as evidence towards your qualification. Methods of assessment could include:

  • Direct observation of practice
  • Recorded professional discussions
  • Reflection on own practice in real work situations
  • Written assignments
  • Question and answer sessions

Students will be required to be working or on placement within a school or college environment (KS1 or above) to enable them to provide the evidence required to complete the qualification.  It is recommended that learners complete 200 placement hours.

Course Outcome

On successful completion of the course and assessments, you will receive your NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning.

Awarding Body

CACHE (the Council of Awards in Care, Health and Education) are the UK’s leading awarding organisation for the childcare and social care sectors and are part of the RQF (Regulated Qualifications Framework) which ensures the highest-level quality courses and industry recognised qualifications.
Once you have enrolled on your CACHE course, you will be entitled to access the CACHE Alumni Membership for 2 years. CACHE Alumni is a Professional Membership Network for those who work in the CACHE industries, providing valuable resources and advice for professional studying towards a CACHE qualification.


You can progress into the following job roles and responsibilities:

  • Teaching Assistant
  • Learning Support Assistant
  • Special Needs Assistant

Learners may also progress onto the Level 4 Certificate for the Advanced Practitioner in Schools and Colleges


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