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NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning

Education and Training, Supporting Teaching and Learning
Nested Qualification

Level 3
Minimum entry age
Credit Value

This qualification is part of the new suite of Supporting Teaching and Learning qualifications.

What does the qualification cover?

This qualification provides learners with an understanding of the knowledge needed when working directly with children and young people in a school or college environment. It will enable learners to gain an understanding of elements including children and young people’s development and safeguarding their welfare. However, it will not qualify you to work as a teaching assistant and will provide underpinning knowledge only.

What is a nested qualification?

This qualification is nested. Qualifications within a nested suite allow learners to be topped up to a qualification that is the same level and subject within the Award, Certificate, Diploma structure. This can be done by self-service through the Portal. Qualification nests and top-up pricing can be found in our fees list.

Who is it suitable for?

This qualification is suitable for learners who are not yet working in a Level 3 school or college role but are able to achieve at this level. It is also suitable as initial training.

What are the entry requirements?

Learners must be at least 16 years old.

Experience in a real work environment

Learners do not need to be working or undertaking practical placements to take this qualification.

How is this qualification structured?

To achieve the Award the learner must complete 4 mandatory units.

How is it assessed?

This qualification is internally assessed.

How long does it take to complete?

The Award can usually be completed within 6 months.

What qualifications can you progress to?

The Level 3 Award enables progression to the Certificate and then the Diploma.

Which type of job roles can you apply for on completion?

This qualification provides the underpinning knowledge to work in a variety of job roles that support children and young people’s learning in schools or colleges. Roles this qualification will provide the underpinning knowledge for include:

• Teaching Assistant
• Learning Support Assistant
• Special Needs Assistant.

Funding for our qualifications

Find out about funding for this and other qualifications on our funding page.

Supporting materials

Our new Supporting Teaching and Learning qualifications do not have separate Learner Handbooks. The qualification specification contains everything that a learner will need to record their evidence and compile their portfolio.

Qualification Specification

This document contains everything you need to know about this qualification in PDF format and should be used by everyone involved in its planning, delivery and assessment.

Mapping to the Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship Standard

This document details how this qualification maps to the Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship Standard.

Key Facts

This document outlines the key information of this qualification for the centre, learner and employer.

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