Education

Our courses in Childcare and Supporting Teaching and Learning offer the opportunity to develop skills in the educational setting. If you're working in an Early Years setting, the Children and Young People’s Workforce qualifications at levels 2 or 3 enable you to learn or further develop your skills as an early years or childcare practitioner.

If you’re working in schools, from Primary to Secondary, our level 2 and 3 Supporting Teaching and Learning qualifications enable you to train as a beginner or move up the ladder as a Teaching or Learning Support Assistant. 

Please click on the courses that interest you to find out more, and don’t hesitate to get in touch for further information. Some courses are still partly or fully funded, so it’s worth getting in touch to find out what are the training options for you.


For more information choose courses from the list below:

QCF Level 2 Certificate in Children and Young People's Workforce

About this Qualification

This qualification has been developed for people wanting to work in the children and young people’s workforce. It is ideal for learners who are just starting out in their career and do not feel ready to take a full Level 3 qualification.
This qualification is designed to help learners build the knowledge and skills needed when working under supervision with children and young people from birth to 19 years of age. It covers a diverse range of job roles and occupational areas working in children’s settings including early years and social care.

Qualification Structure

The minimum credit value needed to achieve the qualification is 35.

  • 31 credits will come from the 13 mandatory units.
  • A minimum of 4 credits must then be achieved from the choice of optional units.


Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification but learners will need to be at least 16 years of age. Learners will need to be working, volunteering or on a practical placement as part of the assessment process which involves evaluating skills in real working situations.

Assessment

Your work will be assessed by our assessors and then by an external verifier. A range of assessment methods have been identified for this qualification to give the opportunity for the different learning styles and individual needs of learners to be taken into account:

  • Direct observation of practice in the workplace
  • Written assignments
  • Learner’s own plans and written records
  • Witness evidence
  • Optional task set by CACHE
  • Professional discussion
  • Reflection on own practice in real work situation


Grading of all units will be either pass or refer.  All the assessment criteria of the chosen units must be achieved in order to obtain a pass.

Apprenticeship Framework

QCF in Certificate for the Children and Young People’s Workforce(Level 2)
Level 1 Functional skills in Maths
Level 1 Functional skills in English
Level 1 Functional skills in ICT 

Career Opportunities

On completion learners can progress to various job roles. The following list is not all-inclusive, but gives an idea of the opportunities available

  • Assistants in children’s centres
  • Assistant playgroup workers
  • Care assistant in children’s residential home
  • Assistants in day nurseries, nursery schools and nursery classes in primary schools

Qualification Progression

On completion of this level 2 qualification learners can progress onto;

  • Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce

Awarding Body

CACHE
 

QCF Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Educator

About this Qualification

This qualification has been developed for people wanting to work in the children and young people’s workforce. It is ideal for learners who are just starting out in their career or those who have completed the Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People’s Workforce.

The qualification covers a diverse range of job roles and occupational areas and is split into three pathways

1.    Early Learning and Childcare pathway,
2.    Social Care pathway
3.    Learning Development and Support Services pathway

The qualification also contains a choice of level 4 optional units.

In addition it contains an optional unit ‘Understand how to set up a home based child care service’ which can be taken as a stand- alone unit for those who wish to become registered childminders.

Qualification Structure

The minimum credit value needed to achieve the Diploma is 65 credits

  • 27 credits will come from the 11 mandatory units.
  • A minimum of 38 credits must then be achieved from the choice of optional units.


Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification but learners will need to be at least 16 years of age. Learners will need to be working, volunteering or on a practical placement as part of the assessment process which involves evaluating skills in real working situations. Having a Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People’s Workforce would be beneficial.

Assessment

Your work will be assessed by our assessors and then by an external verifier. A range of assessment methods have been identified for this qualification to give the opportunity for the different learning styles and individual needs of learners to be taken into account.

These methods include:

  • Direct observation of practice in the workplace
  • Written assignments
  • Learner’s own plans and written records
  • Witness evidence


Grading of all units will be either pass or refer; all the assessment criteria of the chosen units must be achieved in order to obtain a pass.

Apprenticeship Framework

QCF in Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce (Level 3)
Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths
Level 2 Functional Skills in English
Level 2 Functional Skills in ICT 

Career Opportunities

On completion learners can progress onto various job roles. The following list is not all-inclusive, but gives an idea of the opportunities available

  • Nursery Worker/Supervisor
  • Nursery Nurse / Nursery Teaching Assistant
  • Youth Worker
  • Foster Carer - including private foster carers
  • Children and families social workers


Qualification Progression

On completion of this level 3 qualification learners can progress onto;
The Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services or a Foundation Degree.

Awarding Body

CACHE

QCF Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

About this Qualification

This qualification is suitable for all learners aged 16 years and above who are capable of reaching the required standards. Studying this qualification will enable the learner to develop the knowledge and skills needed when supporting, teaching and learning in the school environment.

It is suitable for learners working in roles that support pupil’s learning including teaching assistants, learning support and special need assistants.

Qualification Structure

To gain the qualification learners will need to achieve 30 credits with 24 credits coming from the mandatory units.

They will then need to achieve:

  • a minimum of 3 credits from optional units in Group A
  • 3 credits from optional units in Group B.


Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification but learners will need to be at least 16 years of age. Learners will need to be working, volunteering or on a practical placement as part of the assessment process which involves evaluating skills in real working situations.

Assessment

All units are internally assessed and externally verified. Assessment enables the learner’s workplace practice to provide evidence for individual units as well as the whole qualification. Methods of assessment include:

  • Direct observation of practice
  • Witness evidence
  • Professional discussion
  • Reflection on own practice in real work situations
  • Written assignments
  • Learners own plans and written records

This qualification will be a pass or refer all the assessment criteria of the chosen units must be achieved in order to obtain a pass.

Apprenticeship Framework

QCF Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
Level 1 Functional Skills in Maths
Level 2 Functional Skills in English
Level 1 Functional Skills in ICT 

Career Opportunities

On completion learners can progress to various job roles. The following list is not all-inclusive, but gives an idea of the opportunities available:

  • Teaching Assistant
  • Special Educational Needs Assistant

Qualification Progression

After completing this qualification the learner can then progress onto;

  • QCF Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (CACHE)

Awarding Body

CACHE

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

About this Qualification

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

It covers all aspects of Specialist Support including planning, delivering, and reviewing assessment strategies to support learning alongside the teacher, bilingual and special needs support and personal development and reflective practice.

  • Will enable the learner to develop the knowledge and skills needed when supporting teaching and learning in the school environment
  • Is suitable for learners working in roles that support pupils’ learning including teaching assistants, learning support and special need assistants
  • Is made up of mandatory and optional units which are based on knowledge and skills


Qualification Structure

To gain the qualification learners will need to achieve 44 credits. A total of 32 credits will come from the mandatory units and then learners will need to obtain a minimum of 12 credits from the optional units.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification but learners will need to be at least 16 years of age. Learners will need to be working, volunteering or on a practical placement as part of the assessment process which involves evaluating skills in real working situations.

Assessment

All units are internally assessed and externally verified. Assessment enables the learner’s workplace practice to provide evidence for individual units as well as the whole qualification. Methods of assessment include:

  • Direct observation of practice
  • Witness evidence
  • Professional discussion
  • Reflection on own practice in real work situations
  • Written assignments
  • Learners own plans and written records


The units will be a pass or refer; all the assessment criteria of the chosen units must be achieved in order to obtain a pass.

Apprenticeship Framework

QCF Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (CACHE)
Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths
Level 2 Functional Skills in English
Level 2 Functional Skills in ICT 

Career Opportunities

On completion learners can progress to various job roles. The following list is not all-inclusive, but gives an idea of the opportunities available.

  • Senior Teaching Assistant
  • Senior Special Needs Assistant


Qualification Progression

After completing this qualification the learner can then progress onto;
A degree in a related subject

Awarding Body

CACHE