Supporting Teaching and Learning NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate

This course is designed to prepare you to support the teacher and the delivery of curriculum within a school, as well as introduce the skills necessary to help children develop self-esteem, independence and skills for learning.

  • Course Information

    This course is designed to prepare you to support the teacher and the delivery of curriculum within a school, as well as introduce the skills necessary to help children develop self-esteem, independence and skills for learning.

    • Course Code
    • Validated By
    • Learner Aim Reference
    • Price
      Funding available, please contact our adult team for further information
    • Attendance Pattern
    • Course Level
      Level 2
    • Study Mode
      In person
    • Course Location
      Leyland Campus
    • Start Date
    • Age Group
      Adults (19+)
    • Course Duration
      30 weeks
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  • Overview

    It is relevant for those who are already employed as a Teaching Assistant, or for those working in a voluntary capacity in a classroom situation or early years setting with children aged three or above. It is also open to those who have little previous relevant experience, but are committed to train as a Teaching Assistant.

    Coupled with excellent tutor guidance and support, through work placements, you will gain experience and explore the role of the Teaching Assistant, developing the skills of a reflective practitioner.

    The course is delivered by a mixture of College based classes and workshops, supported by practical experience in the work setting. You will be required to undertake a minimum of 80 hours work placement, which you need to arrange yourself. 

    Attendance at placement should be throughout the duration of the course. In addition to College based study, it is expected that you will undertake independent research and directed study.

    You will study the following mandatory units:

    • Understand schools and colleges as organisations
    • Understand children and young people’s development
    • Safeguarding children and young people
    • Equality, diversity and inclusion in a learning environment for children and young people
    • Maintain relationships with children and young people
    • Support the health and safety of children and young people
    • Support positive behaviour in a learning environment for children and young people
    • Contribute to teamwork in a learning environment
    • Understand children and young people’s play and leisure
    • Promote an effective learning environment
    • Provide displays in a learning environment

    In addition to the above mandatory units, you will have the opportunity to study a range of optional units including SEN, extra-curricular activities etc.

    The course is FREE if:

    • you are unemployed, looking for work and in receipt of an approved benefit.
    • you are employed and earning less than £25,000 per year, before tax.
    • you are unemployed, not in receipt of benefits and are wanting to use the course to gain employment.

    There is also an option to set up a payment plan, to pay in 4 consecutive monthly payments. Please contact the adult education team today to find out more about the prices of the course.

    Times: Tuesday evenings, 5.00-8.30pm.

    Enhanced DBS – During your course you will attend a placement, in a workplace related to your course. Due to this, you are required to complete a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check which is a criminal records background check to assess whether you are suitable to work with vulnerable people, such as children and vulnerable adults. The college will guide you through the online application process, however you will have to produce identification as part of this. Information about what a DBS check is and the ID required to process your application can be found here.

    We strongly advise you to obtain the ID required as soon as possible, so your application isn’t delayed.

  • Equipment Required

    During the course you may need to supply a variety of materials (eg card, boxes etc) in order to make relevant teaching and learning resources. You will also need to bring the following items to your first class:

    • A4 notepad
    • folder or ring binder
    • pens
    • pencils
    • ruler etc.
  • Entry Requirements

    You should have GCSE Grade A*-C/Grade 9-4 in either Mathematics or English, or an equivalent qualification. If you only have one of these qualifications, you must be willing to undertake the other alongside this course.

    We offer Functional Skills courses in English and Maths and can create an individual learning programme tailored to your needs.

    You are also required to undertake a minimum of 80 hours work placement in a setting. You should arrange this placement yourself prior to the start of the course.

    Learners must complete a pre-interview task prior to their enrolment.

  • How will I be assessed?

    The course is assessed by a portfolio of evidence containing case studies, reflective accounts of practice, assessor observation, details of activities undertaken with children or young people etc.

  • Progression Pathway

    On successful completion of this course you will be awarded the Supporting Teaching & Learning NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate. You may then wish to progress to the Diploma in Supporting Teaching & Learning NCFE CACHE Level 3 , or to relevant employment in schools, early years’ settings or SEN schools.

  • DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) Check

    You must be prepared to comply with the vetting procedures for those working with vulnerable adults, children and young people as required by current legislation (ie undertake an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check).

    You will need to complete an enhanced DBS for this course and in doing so will need to provide 3 ID documents. These can include; Birth Certificate, Driving License, Passport, Bank statement or a letter.

    Please note that if the course is fully funded for you, you may get your DBS for free, if not, there may be an additional fee for this to be processed.

    Please contact our Adult Admissions Team to find out more on how to obtain an Enhanced DBS check through the college.

    To find out more information on DBS checks, please visit

  • Health, Safety & Well-Being

    Runshaw College is committed to ensuring you have a happy, successful and productive time with us – ensuring your health, safety and well-being is at the heart of everything we do.

    We proactively encourage the disclosure of any disabilities or issues which may impact on your learning experience – this can be at interview, enrolment, or at any other stage during your studies. Any information you disclose will be held in strict confidence and will be used to assess your in-class support needs and inform a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) to ensure your safe evacuation from the College in the event of an emergency. If you would like further information, please contact Course Enquiries on 01772 642040.

  • Safeguarding

    Runshaw College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment.

  • National Careers Service

    For guidance about what careers subjects can lead on to please follow this link to the National Careers Service.

  • Delivery Method - Classroom

    This course is delivered fully in the classroom.