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Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools Level 3 Diploma at Reading College

Course description

The Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools CACHE Level 3 Diploma (QCF) is for anyone who wants to become a teaching assistant in primary, secondary or special needs school, or is working in a role that supports pupils’ learning.

Please note that as work experience needs to be secured before September the last date for applications and interviews for the full time courses will be 5th July. We will not be accepting anymore application after this date for the full time courses. If you wish to apply for the part time Level 2 Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools course which will being in January interviews will commence in September.

It provides an in-depth understanding of the knowledge and skills required when working directly with children or young people in primary, secondary or special schools.

On successful completion, which requires 44 credits, you gain:

CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF)

Course content

You cover all aspects of specialist support’ including:

  • planning, delivering, and reviewing assessment strategies to support learning alongside the teacher
  • bilingual and special needs support
  • personal development
  • reflective practice

There are mandatory and optional units in this qualification.


  • understand child and young person development
  • understand how to safeguard the wellbeing of children and young people
  • communication and professional relationships with children and young people
  • schools as organisations
  • supporting learning activities
  • 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 children and young people
  • support assessment for learning
  • engage in personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
  • support children and young people’s health and safety


  • plan and deliver learning activities under the direction of a teacher
  • support literacy development
  • support numeracy development
  • team working

There are opportunities to do a work placement under the direction of a mentor/teacher/senior teaching assistant 2 days a week. You can find out more about this when you apply.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs A*-C which must include maths and English, or functional skills Level 2 maths and English. 
Mature students without these grades will be assessed at the discretion of the tutor.


You are assessed by your tutor or assessor using a range of methods. This could include direct observation in the workplace, a portfolio of evidence, written assignments or a task set by CACHE (Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education).

Future opportunities

You could further your training by doing a degree in a related discipline, or you could move into employment as a Senior Special Needs Assistant or similar.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Reading College directly.

Last updated date: 12 September 2016
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    • BY RAIL

      Reading train station is a 20 minute walk from the College.

      Travelling from surrounding areas: there are direct lines from many local stations including: Didcot, Slough, Maidenhead, Wokingham, Basingstoke, Newbury, Pangbourne, Twyford and Earley.

      Travelling from London: there are regular trains from London Paddington to Reading taking 25-30 minutes.

      BY BUS

      There are regular bus services that stop along Kings Road:

      Reading Buses - routes 13, 14, 17
      Please Note: Reading buses require the exact fare.

      Arriva - routes 800, 850
      First Group - route 190
      Thames Travel - routes 126, 127

      In partnership with Reading Buses, students can get a weekly Travelcard at a reduced rate by showing the driver their student ID card.

      The Green Bus will be operating two new bus services from September 2014 for Reading College students.

      Service RC1 and RC2 will run once daily according to an agreed timetable on 175 days of each academic year connecting the college with Slough, Maidenhead and the areas in between.