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Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools CACHE Level 3 Award

If you would like to work as a Level 3 teaching assistant in a school, this CACHE course will develop your confidence and understanding to support your work. It is delivered in the classroom and assessed in the workplace, over an eight month period.


Teaching was something I had always wanted to do. I had worked in a bank for many years and when I saw an advert in the local paper for a Learning Support Assistant, I got in touch with the school. We talked through my options and I enrolled on to the Level 3 Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools course and got the job.

Within the first few weeks I just knew I was going to love it. I work in a class of 10 autistic boys and it’s challenging, but very rewarding too. I work with them on both an individual and group basis, and also run two after school clubs. It’s all about helping to support them and seeing them improve.

I have a workplace assessor from the College who set me up on the course and my learning is all done online. The course has given me a better understanding of the teaching role and what’s needed as a teaching assistant, as well as an overview of the policies and procedures of the whole school and the theory behind it. After 25 years out of education, it was tough to start with, but once you get going everything becomes easier.

The school is now pushing me to do complete a Level 4 Diploma, which will enable me to cover classes when the teachers are not there. Eventually I would like to teach at primary level. 

Paul - Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools Level 3

Entry requirements

You need relevant experience in employment or as a volunteer teaching assistant, or have completed our NVQ / QCF Level 2 course. It is not necessary to have completed Level 2 before going on to Level 3, as the level you start on depends upon your job role.

Course content

This course will cover behaviour management, safety, child protection, supporting activities and working well in a team.

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Help to keep children safe
  • Support pupils’ learning activities
  • Promote positive behaviour
  • Develop and promote positive relationships
  • Support the development and effectiveness of work teams 
  • Reflect on and develop practice

Units of study:

  • Understanding Child and Young Person Development
  • Understanding How to Safeguard the Wellbeing of Children and Young People
  • Schools as Organisations
  • Communication and Relationships

It is recommended that a Paediatric First Aid Course is completed alongside this qualification.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed by a range of methods dependent on your individual learning needs, including written assignments, professional discussion and oral questioning.

Further study and career options

On successful completion you may be able to progress on to the Level 3 Certificate (providing suitable employment has been sought).

Additional information

You must be working in a school setting either on a voluntary or employed basis to start this qualification.

Course Information & How to Apply

This course runs on multiple occasions. Choose the date most appropriate for you.

To book onto this course please contact our Business Development team on 01234 291747 or email

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
10 week(s) 23/09/2015 Wed 10.00 am - 12.00 pm £430 Cauldwell Street K1389 Course in progress
10 week(s) 21/09/2015 Mon 10.00 am - 3.00 pm £430 Luton Training Centre K1389S1 Course in progress
10 week(s) 22/09/2015 Tue 10.00 am - 3.00 pm £430 K1389S2 Course in progress

Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.