Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools CACHE Level 2 Certificate & Level 3 Certificate

Overview (NV)
Course length
1 year per level part-time


This course is ideal if you want to become a teaching assistant and gain a nationally-recognised qualification. It can also help you begin a career as a learning support assistant or special needs assistant.

It will give you a framework for education and training and provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills you need to provide effective support in the classroom. Working with others, problem-solving and personal performance are integral.

For further information on this course please contact the Off-Site Coordinator, Jane Smith on 07789912091.

Why should I choose this course?

  • You work in, or want to work in, a classroom support role
  • You are interested in the development of children and young people
  • You are keen to learn about working effectively with colleagues
  • You are at least 19 years old

Programme delivery

1 year per level. Part-time study, one 3 hour session per week at a chosen centre. View the full list of community provision venues.

When applying you will need to specify on the application form which centre you would prefer to attend. Each centre is subject to specific numbers. 

Why maths and English are so important to your career

Achieving a good level of English and maths is important so that you can compete in today’s labour market and securing the career you’ve always wanted. Alongside your full-time course, students will continue to develop their English and maths skills. If you haven’t yet achieved GCSE grade C in English and maths at 16 you will continue to study these by resits or by taking Functional Skills at an appropriate level.


Mathematics is very important in all aspects of the Early Years Education sector industry.

  • For young children, the learning basic numbers and their differences is a key foundation block in their learning and central to the National Curriculum.
  • In a nursery, the ability to calculate parent payments in very important.


  • Accurate spelling and a wide and specialist vocabulary are key when working with children and parents
  • Good quality Speaking and Listening skills are needed when communicating with colleagues, children and parents
  • The National Curriculum requires that children develop good English skills in speaking and written communication
  • Accurate reading is a vital skill when using medical documents as well as when following Health and Safety guidelines
  • Secure English is important when preparing a CV
Teaching & Assessment (NV)

Teaching and assessment

Each level is studied part-time over one academic year. This includes two days in a classroom placement (which you need to arrange with the school of your choice) and a three-hour training session per week at one of 10 centres across the city.

A range of assessment methods are used across the course including observation within the workplace, building a portfolio and discussion. There are opportunities to have formal and informal feedback as you progress through the course. You will be assessed by your tutor or assessor using a range of methods.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry requirements

You must be over 19 years of age

Level 2

  • Initial assessment of literacy and numeracy with a minimum score of Entry Level 3
  • A letter of support from the work placement for a minimum of 2 days per week for the duration of the course

Level 3

  • A relevant Level 2 qualification
  • Initial assessment of literacy and numeracy with a minimum score of Level 1
  • A letter of support from the work placement for a minimum of 2 days per week for the duration of the course
  • Applicants need an appropriate Level 2 qualification to do the Level 3 course. 

This course requires a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS). Information about the DBS check and how to apply for it will be sent to you by our placement team. 

Work placement

Work placement will form an essential part of your individual study programme and all students will be expected to complete an appropriate work placement related to their full-time course.

To find out more about the work placement opportunities for this course, click on the ‘Work Placement’ tab above.

What will I study? (NV)

What will I study?

Level 2

If you are just beginning your training to become a teaching assistant, and you want to develop the knowledge and skills needed when supporting teaching and learning in a school environment, then you need to start at Level 2. You will develop the knowledge and skills needed to support teaching and learning in schools. 

Level 3

If you are looking to progress in your role, or you are currently in a Level 3 support role and would like more training, this qualification will provide you with an understanding of the knowledge and skills needed to work directly with children or young people in school environments.

Work Placement (NV)

Work placement

Many of our courses incorporate a period of work placement or work experience which are designed to equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge to enter their chosen career in the future.

A work placement not only gives you valuable experience, it also:

  • Helps you to apply what you’re learning into practice
  • It gives you a better understanding of how a company or organisation works
  • Helps you to develop essential skills such as time management, social and communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team
  • Enriches your CV
  • Enhances a UCAS application and personal statement should you wish to progress to higher education
  • Helps you to consider wider future employment opportunities

At UCB we have a specialised team of Employability Tutors based in hired@UCB (located on the 7th floor at Summer Row) who will provide you with the necessary skills in order to source a work placement.

If students are passionate about their career choice, work placements are vital

A set of achievements, skills, understanding and personal attributes make a student more likely to gain employment and be successful in their chosen occupation, which benefits themselves and the work force.

School of Education, Health and Community (Early Years)

All courses in this school have mandatory placements. Students studying Early Years will be required to complete two days per week on placement in an appropriate setting working with Children.  Placements are organised by a specialised team of Employability Tutors based in hired@UCB who will also visit you out on placement to ensure that you gain the right practical skills.

Careers (NV)


A diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning can help you begin a career as a teaching assistant, learning support assistant or special needs assistant.

If you successfully complete the Level 3 course, you can progress on to a foundation degree in Childhood Studies at UCB. You will only need to study for a further two years (instead of three) to gain the qualification. Alternatively, you can apply for other degree courses at UCB or elsewhere.


The team at hired@UCB – our student placement and careers service – can help you with advice, information and guidance in finding a job. They can help you develop your work-related skills.

Based in new facilities on the 7th floor of our Summer Row campus, the hired@UCB team comprises specialist staff to help with:

  • Careers advice and guidance
  • Placements, work experience and volunteering
  • Unitemps – UCB's recruitment agency
  • Employer engagement
  • Part-time and seasonal work
  • Internships, apprenticeships and traineeships
  • Alumni support

Find out more about hired@UCB services.

Profiles (NV)

Student profiles

ead what our current students and alumni love about UCB and how we helped them begin their career in industry.

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