Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF)

This qualification provides an in-depth understanding of the knowledge and skills required when working directly with children or young people in primary, secondary or special schools.

It covers all aspects of Specialist Support including planning, delivering, and reviewing assessment strategies to support learning alongside the teacher, bilingual and special needs support and personal development and reflective practice. It is also a must have for all those undertaking the Level 3 Supporting Teaching and Learning Apprenticeship.

What does the qualification cover?

This qualification provides you with the core knowledge and skills needed to work in an unsupervised support role with children or young people in primary, secondary or special schools.

You will need to complete 11 mandatory units to achieve this qualification, which include:

  • Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Schools as organisations
  • Support learning activities
  • Promote children and young people’s positive behaviour
  • Develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Promote equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people
  • Support assessment for learning
  • Understand child and young person development
  • Understand how to safeguard the well-being of children and young people
  • Support children and young people’s health and safety
  • Engage in personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings

Who is it suitable for?

Anyone working in roles that offer specialist support for pupils’ learning.

What are the entry requirements?

You should be at least 16 years old.

How is it assessed?

It 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.

Do you need to be working to take the qualification?

Yes, you will need to be working, volunteering or on practical placement as you need to show competence in both knowledge and skills.

How long does it take to complete?

This qualification will take approximately 12-18 months to complete.

What could this qualification lead to?

This qualification provides you with the knowledge, understanding and skills to work in a variety of unsupervised job roles that support children and young people’s learning in schools, such as:

  • Teaching assistant
  • Learning support assistant
  • Special needs assistant.

What related qualifications can you progress to?

If you are looking to continue studying after completion of this qualification, the CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools provides you with the knowledge and skills related to working with children and young people in a variety of school settings to study towards achieving Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) status. Due to the school environment in which you are or will be working, the Diploma could also allow you to study towards achieving Early Years Teacher status.