The Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools – CACHE Level 2 Certificate (RQF) Course is available to learners 16+ who are interested in working within a school, particularly in the role of a Teaching Assistant, Classroom Assistant or Learning Support Assistant. It is a competence based qualification which requires students to be employed in a school setting or to have voluntary placement.
The qualification provides comprehensive coverage of the knowledge and skills to support teaching effectively and will be suited to people beginning, or relatively new, to teaching support. There is a level 3 course option which is also available, particularly for students who have a greater knowledge of teaching support or are working towards a Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) status.
The Level 2 Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools Qualification is a nationally recognised study programme designed for people who support the teaching and learning of pupils as teaching assistants, classroom assistants and volunteers. The qualification provides comprehensive coverage of the knowledge and skills to support teaching effectively and will be suited to people beginning, or relatively new, to teaching support.
This distance learning course aims to enable learners to understand the roles and responsibilities of those involved in supporting teaching and learning in schools, and provide an opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge required to do this effectively and in a self-directed way. This course also prepares learners to support the Teacher and the delivery of the curriculum within a school, as well as developing skills to help children and young people to develop self-esteem, independence and skills for learning. It seeks to further develop professional and technical skills and knowledge, and an understanding of the importance of positive relationships within a school.
This course provides successful students with a CACHE Level 2 Certificate Qualification with 30 credits. This is a vocational qualification suitable for employment in Level 2 Teaching Assistant positions.
Students will need to have a placement in a school or educational setting in which to gather evidence of skills and learning, and you will need to nominate a workplace supervisor who will oversee your practical evidence gathering. It is recommended that students have the placement for the duration of their studies. This could be a full-time position or a voluntary position of one or two mornings, afternoons or days per week.
This is a competence based qualification suitable for all roles in schools, including site staff, administrators, etc. as well as those who work directly with children and young people. It seeks to develop the knowledge and understanding that all those working in a school setting will need and covers areas such as safeguarding, communication and understanding the school context.
Please contact us if you have any questions about the work placement requirements.
- Unit 1: Child and Young Person Development
- Unit 2: Support Learning Activities
- Unit 3: Safeguarding the Welfare of Children and Young People
- Unit 4: Communication and Professional Relationships with Children, Young People and Adults
- Unit 5: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Work with Children and Young People
- Unit 6: Help Improve Own and Team Practice in Schools
- Unit 7: Maintain and Support Relationships with Children and Young People
- Unit 8: Support Children and Young People’s Health and Safety
- Unit 9: Support Children and Young People’s Positive Behaviour
- Unit 10: Schools as Organisations
- Unit 11: Prepare and Maintain Learning Environments
There are no particular entry requirements, although you cannot complete this course unless you have a suitable placement for collecting your work-based evidence for the course assignments. This placement could be full time, part time or voluntary.
You can start this course at any time, and you would be registered for a one-year period. You also have access to a personal tutor who can be contacted by email. Your tutor is available to assist with any queries and to mark your assignments for the Awarding Body.
As the course is self-study, you can complete it as quickly as you like. Support extensions are available if students do not complete the course within the one-year period.
Students are required to compile a portfolio of evidence which demonstrates their learning against each of the assessment criteria of the course. Portfolios are assessed by a tutor. Some portfolio evidence will need to be witnessed by a competent person in the workplace hence students must be employed in a school or arrange and complete a work experience placement.
The Qualification is gained from your coursework so there is no exam to complete. On successful completion, students will be awarded a Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools Level 2 Qualification issued by CACHE.
This qualification has been accredited on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (Qualification No. 501/0031/2). This is a Level 2 Certificate Qualification with 30 credits.
Information on level descriptors can be found on the Ofqual’s level descriptors page.
CACHE are a national awarding body who offer high-quality qualifications for the care and education industry, making them the UK’s leading sector specialist. Established in 1945 by the Ministry of Health under the name of the National Nursery Examination Board (NNEB). In 1994 the NNEB merged with the Council for Early Years Awards to form CACHE. They offer a portfolio of qualifications ranging from Entry to Level 5. This course is purchased through Distance Learning Centre, a partner of Kendal Publishing. The delivery, assessment and quality assurance will be carried out by Kendal Publishing who are an approved CACHE centre for assessment and certification.