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NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching & Learning

Subject Area
Early Years & Education
Start Date
20 September 2021
Additional Start Date
17 January 2022
Study Mode
32 - 36 Weeks

This course is aimed at learners working in support roles within schools and colleges, as well as learners working in roles that offer specialist support for pupils’ learning in primary, secondary, or special needs education, including colleges.

The course involves building a portfolio of evidence that demonstrates competency within the profession. This qualification provides learners with an in-depth understanding of the knowledge and skills needed when working directly with children and young people in school and college environments. It covers all aspects of specialist support, including planning, delivering and reviewing assessment strategies to support learning alongside the teacher; bilingual support; special needs support; and personal development and reflective practice.

Course Modules/units

The course will cover 16 mandatory units including:

  • Schools and colleges as organisations
  • Understand how to safeguard children and young people
  • Understand how children and young people develop
  • Support children and young people during learning activities
  • Support assessment for learning

Entry Requirements

You must be aged 18 or above before you start the course and will need to have a minimum of six months working or volunteering experience within a school or college environment. GCSE Maths and English at Grade 4 (C) or above are also required.

Dates and Course Durations

September (Day)20th Sep 2021 – 4th Jul 2022, Mondays, 9.15am – 12.15pm, 35 weeks

September (Eve)20th Sep 2021 – 27th Jun 2022, Mondays, 5.30pm – 8.30pm, 32 weeks

January (Day) – 17th Jan 2022 – 5th Dec 2022, Mondays, 9.15am – 12.15pm, 34 weeks

January (Eve) – 17th Jan 2022 – 5th Dec 2022, Mondays, 5.30pm – 8.30pm, 36 weeks

Study Method

All units will be internally assessed using a range of methods which could include direct observation by an assessor within the workplace, written assignments and professional discussion in line with the assessment of learning provided for each unit.


Assessment is ongoing through the completion of written evidence, along with demonstrating competency within the workplace.

Course Fees


The fees for this course can be supported by a loan, if you feel you may qualify for an available loan, or wish to discuss financial options, please contact the Funding Team.

Additional Costs

Students will need an enhanced DBS check and to purchase the relevant textbook required for the course. Some courses may also require additional study from home, you may need access to a PC/laptop and suitable Wi-Fi to access teaching and learning. You will be made aware of any additional study time at the time of enrolment.


Students have access to a fantastic range of College-wide facilities such as the Learning Resource Centre (LRC), study hubs, computer areas with accompanying multi-function printers and helpdesk advice.

Course Progression

Students can progress onto a foundation degree or specialist roles within the workforce, York College University Centre currently offers a Foundation Degree (FD) in Children’s Learning & Development which is an ideal progression route for anyone looking to further cement their skills and knowledge in working within the education sector.

Career Progression

This qualification will prepare you to work in the following roles: Teaching Assistant, Learning Support Assistant, and Special Needs Assistant.

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