Qualification Overview

Ncfe CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning

Ncfe CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning

Improve your skills and boost your career prospects with this comprehensive qualification designed for those looking to work effectively with children and young people in educational settings.

This specialized program offers a strong focus on specialist support, covering key areas such as planning, assessment strategies, bilingual and special needs support, and personal development. With a particular emphasis on supporting teaching and learning, this qualification ensures you gain the necessary expertise to thrive in your role as a Teaching Assistant.

From early years development to a thorough understanding of educational settings, this course equips you with the knowledge and practical skills needed for success while also serving as a stepping stone for further learning opportunities within the education sector.

Join us in this enriching journey towards enhancing your expertise and advancing your career in the field of education.

Download the Qualification Specification

Date And Time
02/09/2024 @ 09:00 to
25/07/2025 @ 15:00

Registration End Date


Qualification structure

To achieve this qualification, learners must successfully demonstrate their achievement of all learning outcomes of the units as detailed in the Qualification Specification.
As learners need to show competence in both skills and knowledge, they will need to be working or be on a practical placement during the duration of the taught programme of study in a learning environment (school or college).
At Diploma level, CACHE recommends that the learner undertakes at least 200 hours of placement in a real work environment, to be completed throughout the duration of the qualification before certification.
The hours above are recommendations, not mandatory minimum placement hours. They are therefore not a part of the TQT calculation.

*Learners may be eligible for funding and complete the course for free (subject to eligibility – see below).
Qualification number (QN)


Total qualification time (TQT):


Guided learning hours (GL)


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Funding Avilable?


Entry requirements:

Learners should be aged 16 or above.
Level 2/3 literacy and numeracy.
Learners eligible for funding should refer to the entry requirements at the end of this page.

Mandatory units

To be awarded this qualification, learners are required to successfully achieve 16 mandatory units.
Please refer to the list of units on the Qualification Specification for further information.


Internally assessed and externally quality assured portfolio of evidence.
All units will be assessed in line with CACHE assessment principles.

Progression opportunities

This qualification aims to provide learners with a number of progression options, including higher level studies at university or FE colleges.
Learners can progress onto the Level 4 Certificate for the Advanced Practitioner in Schools and Colleges, a foundation degree or specialist roles within the workforce.

*The eligibility criteria for funding are the following:

  1. Resident within the boroughs of Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead
  2. Unemployed or in receipt of low income (less than £20,000 per year)
  3. Resident in the UK continuously for 3 years or more (exceptions apply for refugees)
  4. In receipt of state benefits (Universal Credit, JSA, etc.)
  5. Have Right to Work in the UK
  6. Aged 19 years+
  7. Not being on an apprenticeship

If you meet the above criteria, please contact us on 01753 362 197 or via email
Please do not proceed to checkout and pay for the course if you believe you are eligible for funding.

There is a £125 cancellation fee if a learner enrols and fails to complete or withdraws early from the course. This fee is to cover administration costs. We may be able to offer extensions if learners are unable to meet the set submission deadline. Please read the declaration on the enrolment form carefully before signing up.