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Teaching Assistant in Schools and Colleges - Level 3


On successful completion of the course students will be awarded the CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning.

This course will recognise and develop the skills of those who already work with children and young people within an educational setting as well as providing a programme of study to gain a recognised qualification for those or who wish to or already work within an educational setting.

You may be employed or volunteering as a teaching assistant, cover supervisor, bilingual support assistant, subject support assistant, special educational needs assistant, or wish to become a volunteer teaching assistant within a school or college. This course can also be delivered as an apprenticeship and you may wish to speak to your employer or the college about this route.

Entry requirements

Prior to this course you will be required to complete a ten-week induction course, Principles in Childcare and Education (PCE) unless you are employed in a classroom environment working with the children.

You must be 19 years of age or over and be able to study at Level 3 (16 years or over for the apprenticeship route).

You must undertake an interview, and complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check (criminal record check) with college if you are not employed in the setting.

Start dates and fees

The cost for this programme varies depending on various factors. Please see below:

Aged 19-23: The cost depends on prior qualifications and personal circumstances. Please see 'how to I apply?' for further details.

Aged 24+: The cost is £2,225 (up to July 2018). Please ask at enquiry or interview for support that may be available through the Adult Learning Loan. 

Payment can be made in four consecutive instalments for the main programme if you are not eligible for remitted fees or the Advanced Learning Loan, or if you wish to pay the full cost yourself.

There are two intakes for this programme during the college year. Specific dates of enrolment can be provided on enquiry.

Start DateDay/TimeWksDurationCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
over 19
TBC - 20:00
302 yr(s)1869A104FREE* to £2225.00Apply
TBC - 20:00
302 yr(s)1869A101FREE* to £2225.00Apply

* If you are aged 19-23 and studying your first Level 3 course then that course may be free. Please contact us for more details. If you are aged 19 or over and either studying a second Level 3 course or qualifying Level 4, 5 or 6 course you may be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs.

How long is the course?

The PCE Induction course is a ten-week course where you will be required to attend college each Wednesday evening at the Derby Road site between 6:00pm and 8.00pm.

The CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning course is an additional 12 month course that follows on from the PCE course. You will be required to attend college on a Wednesday evening at the Derby Road site between 6:00pm and 8.00pm for the first 13 weeks. You will also attend college to meet with your assessor on mutually convenient dates and times throughout the programme for one-to-one tutorials.

In addition, for both of the above courses you will be required to be employed or volunteer in a school or college setting Year 1 or above, for a minimum of 6 hours a week during the school/college term throughout the whole of each programme.


How will I be assessed?

This programme consists of a variety of units and evidence for each unit is gathered using a selection of different methods, including being observed in practice by an allocated assessor in the school or college setting, answering written questions and producing written evidence of practice and knowledge.

What does the course lead to?

A fully-qualified teaching assistant status.

What will I study?

Best practice requirements around supporting children and young people’s learning in an educational establishment including subjects such as:

  • Personal and professional development
  • Child development/transitions
  • Schools and colleges as organisations
  • Safeguarding
  • Health and safety
  • Behaviour
  • Speech, Language and communication
  • Supporting learning activities
  • English/maths and ICT
  • Special educational needs
  • Bilingual learners
  • Role of play


Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

What can I go on to study?

Further study at university level.

How do I apply?

   Download an application form

Contact us on 0808 100 3626 or email

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