NCFE CACHE Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools and Colleges


Schools all over the country are desperate for qualified teaching assistants. At the same time, more and more parents are realising that they need special skills in order to give their own children the academic boost they need. This course is perfect for both, and fits around your existing schedule.

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools and Colleges

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About This Course

Whether you are a parent looking to support your child in their school work or are someone who is hoping to establish a career as a teaching assistant; this insightful NCFE CACHE Level 2 course will help you to attain a deeper understanding of what is involved in a child or young person’s development, so you can use it within your work.

You will attain transferrable skills that can easily be used within future vocational training and placement opportunities, but will also gain a nationally recognised qualification that can strengthen the appearance of your CV.

Our Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools and Colleges has been created by NCFE CACHE, which specialises in the care and education sector. So whilst this course has been tailored for distance learning – allowing you to study at a pace, time and location of your choosing – you can achieve a qualification that is guaranteed to kick start your career within a highly rewarding and engaging career.

From delving into school policies; codes of conduct, and child/young people welfare, to witnessing the varying influences that can affect the way children engage with school work; by the end of this 12-month course you will feel confident in your ability to guide, support and inform the children you help.

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Course Benefits

This nationally recognised qualification in support work in schools is the perfecting step stone for those interested in supporting the learning of children.

Split into 6 units – and approximately 180 hours of study time – this course will develop your knowledge of communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults.

At the same time, it will supply you with a deeper understanding, knowledge and comprehension of what is needed to succeed in this field; allowing you to attain valuable skills that can aid in the educational development of those around you.

This course will:

  • Allow you to achieve a nationally recognised qualification.
  • Let you study at your own pace, free of deadlines and stress – you can study on your own terms.
  • Enable you to achieve a healthy work/study balance – with no need to attend classes, this flexible course can easily be moulded around your current work commitments.
  • Challenge your thoughts and perceptions on child welfare, development, legislation and the way differing schools approach teaching.

Course Units

Qualification Number: 603/2478/8

Unit 1: Understand Schools and Colleges as Organisations (H/616/5424, Unit Level: 2; GLH: 21 hours; Credits: 2)

  • Identify the different types of schools and colleges in the education sector
  • Know the organisation of schools and colleges regarding roles and responsibilities
  • Understand how schools and colleges put their aims and values into action
  • Learn the range and purpose of school and college policies and procedures

Unit 2: Understand Children and Young People’s Development (K/616/5425, Unit Level: 2; GLH: 20 hours; Credits: 3)

  • Learn the significant stages of development for children and young people from birth to 19 years
  • Understand the influences that affect children and young people’s development
  • Know the potential effects of transitions on children and young people’s development

Unit 3: Understand Communication and Professional Relationships with Children, Young People, and Adults (T/616/5427, Unit Level: 2; GLH: 10 hours; Credits: 1)

  • Know how to develop professional relationships with children and young people
  • Learn how to communicate with children and young people
  • Understand how to develop professional relationships with adults

Unit 4: Understand Children and Young People’s Health and Safety (A/616/5428, Unit Level: 2; GLH: 15 hours; Credits: 2)

  • Understand the legislative and policy framework for health and safety within a learning environment
  • Identify and learn how to manage risks to children and young people’s health, safety and security
  • Learn how to support children and young people regarding risk management

Unit 5: Safeguarding Children and Young People (F/616/5429, Unit Level: 2; GLH: 20 hours; Credits: 3)

  • Learn about safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
  • Understand action to take when children and young people are ill or injured, including emergency procedures
  • Know about child protection procedures
  • Know about current policies and procedures for confidentiality and sharing information, including data protection

Unit 6: Understand Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion in Work with Children and Young People (T/616/5430, Unit Level: 2; GLH: 10 hours; Credits: 1)

  • Know the importance of promoting equality and diversity in a learning environment
  • Understand how to promote anti-discriminatory practice with children and young people
  • Learn how to use inclusive practices in work with children and young people


To complete this course you will need to submit a series of written assignments to your personal tutor for marking. Each of these assignments is designed to test your knowledge of the course materials taught on the syllabus, and will ask you to demonstrate your newly acquired skills within realistic scenarios.

No examination is required, enabling you to work at a pace that it right for you – all from the comfort of your own home.

Required Knowledge

No required knowledge or experience is needed to enrol onto this distance learning course. Nor do you have to be already working within a school setting to apply. All we ask is that you are a minimum of 16 years old.

Awarding Body

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a NCFE CACHE Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools and Colleges. This is a nationally recognised qualification in accordance with the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

NCFE CACHE is the UK’s only specialist awarding organisation for the children and adult care sectors. They offer the most up-to-date and relevant qualifications for the new RQF, and work with Sector Skills Councils to ensure high quality and cutting edge service is supplied to their customers, learners and the sector itself.


With a full 12 months to complete this course, from the moment you register you will receive the support, guidance and instruction of your very own personal tutor, who will be dedicated to the nurturing of your studies. At a click of a button you can get your questions answered, as well as receive invaluable feedback as they mark your assignments and track your progression.

Our student support team are also only a click away, meaning you never have to struggle or feel isolated in your studies. From day one you will be fully supported.

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This is a question that our team are often asked, there are many reasons but here are the main reasons to choose Association of Learning:

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You have 12 months to complete your course, however you can complete at a faster pace without any additional costs. Some of our students have managed to complete in as little as 3 months!

There are two payment options, pay in full for your course or monthly. Our monthly payment option allows you to spread the cost of your course over a 10 month period.

If you choose to pay using a payment plan, to apply you must be able to answer yes to the following:

  • Your billing address is based in the UK
  • You have a UK based bank account
  • Bill payer must be 18 or above.

No, this is a distance learning course, which means your assessments will be submitted and marked using our online LMS (Learner Management System).

Unlike other providers, Association of Learning use a fast-track system to get your certificate to you within six weeks (our average is two weeks).

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