Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning CACHE (Teaching Assistant) - Level 3

Please note: this course is for those aged 19+ only.

This course is a nationally recognised qualification which provides you with the knowledge and skills required to offer specialist support to children in primary, secondary or special schools. You will study planning, delivering and reviewing assessment strategies to support learning alongside the teacher as well as, bilingual and special needs support, if applicable.

To gain this qualification, you will need to achieve 44 credits, with 40 credits being achieved at Level 3 or above. A total of 32 credits will come from the mandatory units and a minimum of 12 credits from optional units. 

You will also be required to attend placement 2 full days a week, or equivalent and 3 hours a week in College.

What topics/modules are covered?

  • Communication and professional relationships 
  • Schools as organisations 
  • Supporting learning activities 
  • Planning, delivering and reviewing assessment strategies 
  • Personal development and reflective practice 
  • 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 young children and young people
  • 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 & safety

What are the entry requirements?

You will need to have successfully completed a relevant Level 2 course or have 4 GCSEs at grade C (new grading system: 4) or above or have industry related experience.

The College will always treat each applicant as an individual. Should you not have or not expect to obtain the grades stated above, or not have relevant industry-related experience, the College would still welcome your application for this course as this will enable us to identify whether this course is, in fact, the right course for you or whether another course may be more appropriate.

Please note: To gain access to this course you will need to go through a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. If you have criminal convictions or cautions, please do not be put off from applying for the course. Your acceptance on to the course will depend on the nature of any convictions and will be at the discretion of the College and your placement provider.

What can I do if I complete this course?

  • University
  • Higher/Degree Apprenticeship
  • Employment

Career Path

  • Teaching Assistant
  • Classroom Assistant
  • Learning Support Assistant
  • Special Needs Assistant

What qualification will I gain?

Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning CACHE (Teaching Assistant) - Level 3

Start date



1 year.

Where will I be based?

The Pembroke Centre, Hugh Baird College.


Aged 16-18

Aged 19+
There may be fees associated with this course. You may be eligible to have some or all of these fees waived by the College, depending on your individual circumstances. Please call 0151 353 4444 or email enquiries@hughbaird.ac.uk with any queries.

Financial Support (all ages)
You may be eligible to receive financial support for course fees, travel and childcare. Please visit our Student Finance page for more information. Please call 0151 353 4444 or email enquiries@hughbaird.ac.uk with any queries.



Terms, Conditions and Disclaimer

We reserve the right to make changes and improvements to the provision of courses and other details. There are minimum numbers of students required for each course to run. Should there be insufficient numbers to run a particular course, then every effort will be made to enrol you on a similar, appropriate course.

Last modified on Wednesday, 29 August 2018 09:07