Childcare and Teacher Training

Childcare: Supporting Teaching and Learning Level 3 (17+ Learners Only)

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

The course will start in September and will be completed in two years. The timetable consists of approximately 4 full days in college one week 9.00am-4.15pm and 4 full days in placement the following week 8.30am-4.00pm.

Entry requirements

  • You will need to be over the age of 17 years when the course commences in September
  • Five GCSEs at grades 4 or above, including English and Maths
  • Or successful completion of a Level 2 in an Early Years subject plus GCSE English and Maths at grade 4

You will achieve

NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning.

Course overview

This qualification has been developed for those wanting to work with children and young people in school and college environments. It develops the wide-ranging knowledge and skills needed when working with children and young people, covering all aspects of specialist support to assist learning alongside the teacher.

You will gain the knowledge, understanding and skills to work in a variety of job roles that support children and young people’s learning.

Course content

The diploma requires 16 mandatory units and mandatory placement experience.

Units will include:

  • Develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Support positive behavior in children and young people
  • Support children and young people’s speech, language and communication
  • Support assessment for learning
  • Schools and colleges as organisations
  • Support health and safety in the learning environment
  • Understand how to safeguard children and young people
  • Understand how children and young people develop
  • Support English and maths skills

You will be assessed by your tutor and assessor using a range of methods. This will include direct observation in placement, oral questioning, portfolio of evidence, written assignments or tasks.

  • A current enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate
  • A text book recommended by your tutor and stationery
  • A willingness to travel to your placement (this may on occasion involve two bus journeys)
  • A pack is available on enrolment including two polo shirts for your work placement uniform, a CACHE handbook, an Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) textbook, first aid training and, if required, a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The pack costs £150

Old Mill Lane campus
Church Street
S70 2AX

Education: Level 3 Childcare and Education or Level 4 Certificate for the Advanced Practitioner

Employment: This qualification can provide employment in the following roles:

  • Teaching Assistant
  • Learning Support Assistant
  • Special Needs Assistant

How much does the course cost?

Course Fees: £2,225 (No adult funding)

16 – 18 year olds

Full-time Barnsley College students aged 16-18 years old do not have to pay tuition fees.

Extra information

This course may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan. Contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email about eligibility and how to apply. You can also visit the Advanced Learner Loan page.



For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email

Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Having good English and Maths qualifications are important for most careers and we want to give you the help you need to succeed.

If you are aged 16 – 19 and don’t already have a grade C/4 or above in GCSE English and Maths they will automatically be included in your study programme. If you want to work towards higher grades in English and Maths we can help you do that too.

Need a higher level Maths qualification? We offer a Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths).

This can be added to your study programme.

If you need any further information, please contact our friendly Information Team.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Childcare: Supporting Teaching and Learning Level 3 (17+ Learners Only)

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