CACHE Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning


CACHE Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning

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This qualification is the ideal route into employment working in a support role in school and results in the CACHE Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning certification which is awarded by the most recognised awarding body for the care and education sectors. The CACHE Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning has been specifically designed to teach the skills needed to begin working in schools and develops understanding of the legislation, relationships and developmental techniques that are required for this role.

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About this Course

This CACHE Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning course is designed to give the knowledge required to work in a school or college with children from 5 to 18 years of age. The course covers a variety of different areas such as development, the schooling system and working with individuals in various capacities. To gain the full CACHE Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning course (QCF) you will need to pass 4 assignments. There are no formal examinations on this course and the certification fee is included in the course fees. Full tutor support is also provided and your online tutor will guide you through lessons and online materials as well as answer any queries you may have on course content. Written by our expert tutors, the course gives an in-depth yet exciting look into supporting learning and what it means to be a Level 3 teaching assistant.

For further information, go to: Qualification Code 603/2495/8.

For the full qualification learners must achieve (as outlined by CACHE):

• Pass grades in 4 mandatory units

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Study Time: 120 hours
Enrolment length: 12 months
Course Format: Online
Entry Requirements: None Specific

Upon completion of this qualification, students are awarded a CACHE Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning certificate and an OLC Certificate. All certification fees are included in your course fees.


All of our students are given access to our online campus through their own personal login and password. Once logged in you can access your course materials, lessons, resources and assignments in your own time. Assignments are uploaded through your account and the process is easy intuitive. Our online campus includes:

  • 24/7/365 access to all of your course materials- all lessons, assignments and resources are available from the moment you enrol
  • Instant access to your course after you enrol- start studying immediately!
  • Integrated chat and messaging systems so that you can contact your tutor
  • Online assignment uploads to save time in returning marks and feedback.
  • Links to further resources and information available on courses
  • Self-led learning on all courses- study in your own time and work through your assignments at your own pace
  • Safe e-portfolio of your work is kept under lock and key on our secure servers
  • Progress bar to show the work you have completed and how many tasks you still have to complete on your course
  • Detailed help centre with step-by-step instructions on getting the most from your course and how to upload assignments and contact your tutor


The CACHE Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning is a knowledge only qualification. Experience in the real work environment is not required and the entire course is completed online. Please note that this is a knowledge only Level 3 qualification and does not require any practical assessments.


To pass this course learners must pass 4 assignments. These are completed after navigating through the corresponding lessons and writing your answers to assignment questions. Once these have been read and marked by your personal tutor, feedback and marks are provided to students which contain helpful tips to improve work in future assignments.

Course Content

Included in this CACHE Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning course are the following units:

Unit 1: Schools and Colleges as Organisations

  • Learning Outcome 1 – Understand the structure of education from early years to post-compulsory education
  • Learning Outcome 2 – Understand how schools and colleges are organised in terms of roles and responsibilities
  • Learning Outcome 3 – Understand teamwork in schools and colleges
  • Learning Outcome 4 – Understand educational ethos, mission, aims and values
  • Learning Outcome 5 – Understand the purpose of policies and procedures in education

Unit 2: Support Health and Safety in a Learning Environment

  • Learning Outcome 1 – Understand how to plan and provide environments that support children and young people’s health and safety
  • Learning Outcome 2 – Understand how to recognise and manage risks to health, safety and security in a learning environment or during off-site visits
  • Learning Outcome 3 – Understand how to support children and young people to assess and manage risk for themselves
  • Learning Outcome 4 – Understand appropriate responses to accidents, incidents, emergencies and illness in the learning environment and during off-site visits
  • Learning Outcome 5 – Understand own role in assisting in the administration of medication

Unit 3: Understand how to Safeguard Children and Young People

  • Learning Outcome 1 – Understand legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding children and young people
  • Learning Outcome 2 – Understand how to work in partnership with other organisations to safeguard children and young people
  • Learning Outcome 3 – Understand the need to ensure children and young people’s safety and protection in the learning environment
  • Learning Outcome 4 – Understand how to respond to evidence or concerns that a child or young person has been abused or harmed
  • Learning Outcome 5 – Understand how to work with children and young people to support their well-being

Unit 4: Understand How Children and Young People Develop

  • Learning Outcome 1 – Understand the expected pattern of development for children and young people from birth to nineteen years
  • Learning Outcome 2 – Understand the factors that influence children and young people’s development and how these affect practice
  • Learning Outcome 3 – Understand how to monitor children and young people’s development and interventions that should take place if this is not following the expected pattern


The most important tool that all of our students have at their disposal is their tutor. When studying for a course with us you are assigned a personal tutor with indepth knowledge and experience in your chosen subject.

You are strongly advised to make use of your tutors expertise and ask questions about the course content. Your assignments are marked by your personal tutor and detailed feedback is given. As well as this your tutor will provide you with pointers and advice on where you can improve- this helps you to get the most from your courses and constantly improve your skills.

Enrolment Length

All of our courses are allocated plenty of time for students to complete their studies and all materials are self-led so that you can complete the course at your own pace. Should you require additional time on one of our courses you can extend your enrolment by 30 days for an additional fee of £60.

As well as this we operate a 14 day money back guarantee on every one of our qualifications- that’s how confident we are of how you will love studying with us!


CACHE Certification

This qualification comes with Cache certification included at no additional cost. Cache are the UK’s leading awarding body in the care and education sectors and are work-renowned for the work which they do. Their courses are seen as an industry standard and many employers specifically request Cache certification when recruiting new people into a role.

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The Online Learning College are a Cache international centre and we work closely with subject specialists at the awarding body to create the best possible content for all of our qualifications. Since 1945, Cache have been working within the education and care sectors and have amassed a high amount of expertise and recognition for their work both at home and overseas.

You can read more about Cache by visiting their website.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the CACHE Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning Course regulated?

Yes this course is fully regulated through Ofqual which means it is recognised by all employers and linked to national standards. The course has qualification number 603/2495/8 and a total qualification time of 120 hours. CACHE are one of the largest awarding bodies in the UK and are now part of the NCFE brand. They have historically worked only in the education and care sectors and CACHE courses are seen as the leading brand for qualifications in education. This means that employers recognised these qualifications and they lead to a higher chance of employment.

Could I apply for Teaching Assistant jobs with this course?

Yes you can. This course is designed to qualify you as a Teaching Assistant (TA) and you can apply for Level 3 TA roles in schools upon completion.

What is included in the cost of the CACHE Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning course?

The cost of this course includes everything needed to pass. Your lessons, tutor support and certification costs are all included in the price with no additional costs at any stage. Should you wish to buy paper versions of the course materials you can do so on the checkout for £35 extra but this is optional.

What entry requirements are there for this course?

There are no entry requirements for this course at all. Anyone can study for this certification and there is no need to have any prior knowledge or experience.

How long do I have to study?

This TA course has an enrolment length of 12 months included from the date you enrol. This is plenty of time to complete the assignments but you can purchase additional time for £60 per month should you need longer to finish the assignments.

Do I have to sit an exam?

No, there are no exams on this course. Everything is assessed through coursework which you can submit at any time within the enrolment length.

Am I assigned a tutor for this course?

Yes – all students are assigned to a personal tutor who will be in charge of your tuition. The same tutor marks all of your work as well as being available to answer any questions you may have throughout your enrolment period.

Do I need to be working to do the CACHE Level 3 Supporting Teaching and Learning?

No, you do not need a work placement. Everything is completed online from home through written assignments and there are no practical assignments needed.

Can I speak to someone before I enrol?

Of course. Our helpful course advisors are on hand from 9am until 5pm Monday to Friday. Contact us on our online chat or by calling 0800 772 0887 to discuss this course.

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