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L3 Certificate for Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

L3 Certificate for Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

The qualification is suitable for those already working as teaching assistants and learning support staff in schools. It is also suitable for volunteers who are looking to start working in schools. This can be in a supervised or unsupervised role that support pupils’ learning.

The course is for anyone who is working with pupils on an individual basis or with groups under the supervision of a group leader. It is also for people who wish to work in this field


CACHE Level 3 is ideal if you have significant experience as a school support worker and wish to move into a more specialised role.

The qualification is made up of 11 mandatory units. The knowledge and understanding criteria of the qualification will be covered in evening class. The skills criteria are assessed in the work place.

Units for the Certificate include: 

  •  Support learning activities (4 credits) 
  •  Promote equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people (2 credits)
  • Support assessment for learning (4 credits).


The course will be delivered one evening a week as a classroom session for a year. There will also be one-to-one tutorials and you will be observed in your work place setting for the practical element of the course.

Course Leader profile

Katie Walker

Lecturer in Teacher Education.

 I have worked as a lecturer in Teacher Education for seven years as well as having my Primary PGCE. I have a Bsc degree in Environmental Management, a second PGCE in PCET and I also have a Masters in International Development. Within college I have taught on a range of ESOL and teacher education courses. I am currently course leader on the second year PGCE/Cert Ed, Internal Quality Assurance qualification as well as the Assessors qualifications.

Entry Requirements

You will need to be at least 16 years of age to enrol onto this course. It is recommended but not essential that you have a GCSE or equivalent at C grade or above and have basic IT skills. You will need to be working, volunteering or on practical placement as you need to show competence in both knowledge and skills.

Interview Process

Interview with a specialist tutor

Questions & Answers

How is the course assessed?

They will be assessed by your tutor or assessor using a range of methods. This could include direct observation in the workplace, a portfolio of evidence, written assignments or a task set by CACHE

Are there any opportunities for progression?

Which type of job roles can you apply for on completion? • Senior Teaching Assistant • Senior Learning Support Assistant • Senior Special Educational Needs Assistant


Before Enrolment

The Advice & Guidance team provide impartial Student Advisors to give information about College Courses and provide initial guidance to help you decide which course is best for you . Financial advice and assistance if you need help with childcare, equipment, fees, or travel. Careers and Student Advisors to give you the necessary help and guidance you need when you are progressing on to further and higher education or employment.

During Your Study

To help you to succeed in your course of study we offer a range of services. For instance, you may have a learning difficulty and/or disability or other condition which significantly affects your daily life. If you would like to discuss your support needs, or for further information about the support available, please contact the study support team on 01422 357357 Ext 9347.

Home Educated Young People

Young people aged 14-16 who are home educated can now access college courses free of charge to enhance their education. If you are interested in finding out more about the opportunities available please contact the School Liaison Team on 01422 399332.

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Course details

  • Attendance: Part-time (evening)
  • Start Date: January 2018
  • Hours per week: 3 hours per week plus 1 to 1 with course tutor and self guided time
  • Days: Monday
  • Start Time: 5.00 pm
  • End Time: 8.00 pm
  • Duration: 36 weeks
  • Venue: Calderdale College and Workplace
  • Faculty:
  • Department Manager: Karen Robson


  • Level: Level 3
  • Qualification Name: L3 Certificate for Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Awarding Body: NCFE CACHE

Contact Information


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