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Start date: 01/09/2019 - SGS Filton
End date: 31/07/2020
Duration: 1 year
Course length: 1 year
Qualifications: Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
Code: 117906
Cost: N/A

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Level 3 Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

Full time course


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 (5-19 years). Completion of this qualification is achieved through a combination of classroom-based learning and work experience

Maths and English

You will continue to enhance your English and Maths knowledge through our embedded programme.

Work experience

You will spend 2 days a week in placement and 3 block weeks, for a total of 730 hours by the end of your second year. Placement in a variety of early year's settings is required to achieve this qualification.


Employability skills will be an integral part of participating on the course.

What do I need to join?

You will need four GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above, including English. Alternatively, you will need a Level 2 qualification in Health and Social Care or Child Care, combined with GCSEs in English at grade 4 and maths at grade 3. You also need a positive attitude towards working with children and young adults. You will have a commitment to attendance, being punctual and working in a team as well as independently

How will I learn?

A range of teaching methods will be used in the classroom including: writing, reading,discussions and presentations. There may also be opportunities to partake in activities outside of the classroom in relation to your course. You will also be observed and assessed in a real work environment. Your work placement allows for practical experience, learning from your supervisors and children.

How will I know how I am doing?

You will have regular one-to-one tutorials with your tutor. Informal feedback in lessons and formal feedback on your assessment can be uploaded to Moodle.

Are there any extra costs?

You will need to apply for a Disclosure and Debarring Services (DBS) certificate for the safeguarding of children, which costs £44 (at the time of print) and this will need to be completed at a Taster day at the College, before enrolling on the course.

What can I do next?

The skills learned when studying a CACHE L3 Certificate will prepare you to enter the workplace as a teaching assistant, learning support assistant or a special needs assistant. You will be in a school placement one day per week where your vocational skills will be assessed. 


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Dates & Costs

Level 3 Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

Start date: 01/09/2019
End date: 31/07/2020
Duration: 1 year
Course length: 1 year
Qualifications: Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
Code: 117906
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Tuition Fees

Between the ages of 16-18 you do not need to pay tuition or exam fees for your course. If you are between the ages of 19 and 23 and have not achieved a full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification before, you will not need to pay tuition, exam or material fees using the Level 2 or 3 Entitlement. If you are aged 19 or over, studying a Level 3-6 and a Level 3 Entitlement does not apply, you will need to pay the full cost of the course. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the fees. Please contact the College directly for the most up to date fees – these may be subject to change.

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