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BDC Childcare 5 1
Level 3

NCFE/CACHE Supporting Teaching and Learning


1 year


Rush Green Campus


Sept 2024


Adult 19+

This qualification is a great option for those looking to work in the education sector and want to pursue a career as a teaching assistant, learning support assistant, or a similar role.

If you join us in February, you can fast track your studies in just 18 weeks depending on your prior qualifications and experience.

On this course you'll develop the skills and knowledge required to provide effective support in a classroom setting, working alongside qualified teachers to support students in their learning and development.

This qualification provides you with an understanding of the knowledge needed when working directly with children and young people in school or college environments.

It is aimed at those working in support roles within schools and colleges. This qualification will equip you with knowledge, understanding and skills across a range of key subject areas, including:

  • safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
  • planning and preparing for learning activities
  • using assessment strategies to promote learning
  • promoting positive behaviour and responding to behaviour that challenges
  • managing risks to health, safety and security in a work setting

Building a portfolio with assignments, reflective practice and research. You'll have a personal assessor assigned to you, who will assess you in your work placement, to ensure your competency.

You will spend 4 hours per week and a minimum of 12 hours in the work placement, this will be in a classroom from year 1 and above, as a volunteer.

Face to face interview You'll need to have successfully completed Level 2 Supporting Teaching & Learning or vast experience in a school role.

You'll also need Level 2 English & Maths, or to be working towards English & Maths GCSEs.

If you’re 19+, you will need to have secured a work placement with children in Year 1 or above, before enrolling on this course. Please bring a confirmation letter from your placement with you when you enrol.

Entry to this course is dependent on the outcome of a Disclosing and Barring Service (DBS) check.

All of our teaching staff have vast industry experience within early years and schools environments.

As part of the course, you'll spend 420 hours in your secured work placement.

This kind of work experience will be a huge advantage when you look for jobs or courses for further study.

A high percentage gain employment in their work placement after completion of the course.

On successful completion of this course, you can progress into employment, where you will have the skills that appeal to employers as it will enable you to carry out more advanced tasks in and outside the classroom – group intervention, 1:1 support, classroom cover

Where it can lead to
Career progression

There are number of routes you can take following successful completion of a course. Further study can include Higher Education courses or a Higher Apprenticeship where you will expand your skills through study whilst earning a wage. Or you may choose to move directly into employment.

Contact our careers team for further guidance.