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Teaching Assistants CACHE L2
Study Mode
Workbased Assessment and Coursework 
Teaching & Education 
Course Code:
Entry Requirements
No formal qualifications: Interview and written task.

Teaching Assistants CACHE L2

The title ‘Teaching Assistant’ is a general title given to Classroom Assistants, Learning Support Assistants and Special Needs Assistants within a school setting. Teaching Assistants work with teachers in classrooms in Primary, Special and Secondary schools supporting the child’s learning. Some may have a general support role while others will have specific responsibilities for an individual child or age group.

About the Course

This course is designed to help you build the knowledge and skills needed when working with children and young people in a school setting. You will be required to attend college once per week (4.5 hours) and a relevant placement for at least one day per week. The college offers daytime and evening classes details of which will be available in the summer term.

Key Units

The course covers 11 units of work including children and young people’s development, communication and professional relationships and supporting learning activities.

On completion of the course you will be able to:

  • Prepare a variety of resources for literacy and numeracy activities
  • Understand the objectives and expectations of pupil achievement for an activity
  • Encourage and support pupils while carrying out different types of activities
  • Keep up-to-date records of pupils’ progress
  • Describe school policies and procedures and explain your role in implementing them
  • Use a variety of strategies to manage pupils’ behaviour
  • Use different ways to build and maintain positive relationships with pupils.

The placement is a compulsory part of the assessment and therefore it is a condition of your offer to study on the course that you obtain a placement in a Primary School for a minimum of one day per week.

Experience of working with children in a voluntary or paid capacity will be an advantage. If offered a place on the course you will need to apply for a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check. This currently costs £51.

Entry Requirements

No formal qualifications: Interview and written task.


The course is internally assessed using a range of methods such as:

  • Direct observation in the workplace
  • A portfolio of evidence
  • Written assignments

Or a task set by CACHE:

  • Qualification title
  • CACHE Level 2 Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

Where does this Lead

Employment as:

  • Teaching Assistant
  • Learning Support Assistant
  • Special Educational Needs Assistant 

You may also want to progress to the level 3 qualification.

Tell Me More

Will the course suit me?

The course is aimed at mature students (aged 18 and over) who want to work in a supervised capacity in a Primary School.