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New Qualification  

CACHE Level 3

Supporting Teaching and Learning with an additional focus on Special Educational Needs

CACHE Level 3 

Award, Certificate and Diploma


Learning Support Assistant


This qualification provides learners with the skills and knowledge needed when working directly with children and young people in a school or college environment. It will enable learners to gain an understanding of elements including child development, safeguarding and welfare and supporting in the classroom. This qualification will include a particular focus on supporting children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or disabilities and students will gain experience of a range of specialist skills, developing their knowledge and understanding within the area. The course is aimed at students aged 16-18 years of age although older students will be considered.

The course is of a two year duration and is offered through a nested approach with stepping off points at the Award, Certificate and Diploma levels. 

Entry Requirements: 4 (C) grade pass in both English and  Maths


The course features:

  • Full time placement in a special school
  • 4 days in class / 1 study day
  • Tutor and mentor support
  • Experience of working around the schools in all departments and Key Stages
  • Opportunity to work and get paid at the After School Club and Holiday Play Scheme
  • Tasks and assignments, some based on personal reflections from the classroom
  • Access to whole school staff training
  • Opportunities to gain a range of specialist strategies in working with children and young people with special educational needs


The following Units of study are taught at each level :  Award (units 1-4, ) Certificate (units 1-11) and Diploma (units 1-16) :

Award 1-4

  1. Schools and colleges as organisations 
  2. Support health and safety in a learning environment
  3. Understanding how to safeguard children and young people
  4. Understand how children and young people develop

Certificate 1-11

  1. Develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  2. Supporting positive behaviour in children and young people
  3. Support the use of ICT in the learning environment
  4. Support assessment for learning (AfL)
  5. Engage in personal and professional development
  6. Supporting children and young people during learning activities
  7. Support English and Maths skills

Diploma 1-16

  1. Understanding how to support the learning of people with special needs and disabilities
  2. Supporting children and young people during transitions
  3. Supporting children and young people’s speech, language and communication
  4. How to support bilingual learners
  5. How to support the role of play, leisure and extra-curricular activities for children and young people


Enhanced learning opportunities will be provided through:

  • Online courses in food hygiene, fire safety awareness, safeguarding and manual handling
  • Weekly assessment tasks throughout the year
  • Continuing mentor and tutor support
  • Possible placements at our partner SEN school


Enhanced Special Educational Needs studies covering:

  • Managing behaviour
  • Communication
  • Autism
  • Complex Needs
  • Severe Learning Difficulties


For more information please contact  - 

sara.cullingford@kingsley.school or reception@kingsley.school  


Visits to Kingsley Special Academy are welcome, please call or email to arrange a convenient time and date.




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