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Support Work In Schools and Colleges - CACHE Level 2 Award (RQF) Course

Course Format:Paper Based Materials (With Optional Online Course Notes)
Self-Study Time:Approximately 90 Hours (Self-Study)
Delivery Time:1-2 Working Days (Courier Service)
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Gain a CACHE Level 2 Award Qualification

The Support Work in Schools and Colleges - CACHE Level 2 Award (RQF) Course is available to learners 16+ who are interested in working within a school or college, particularly in the role of a Teaching Assistant, Classroom Assistant or Learning Support Assistant

As this course covers knowledge based units, it can be taken by learners not yet employed in a school or college, as well as providing initial training/induction for those new in post.

This course provides successful students with a CACHE Level 2 Award Qualification with 12 credits.

The Support Work in Schools and Colleges - Level 2 Course Includes the Following Units:

This unit aims to prepare the learner for working in a school or college. It covers knowledge and understanding of the school and college organisational structure and function.

  • Know the different types of schools and colleges in the education sector.
  • Understand the organisation of schools and colleges in terms of roles and responsibilities.
  • Understand how schools and colleges uphold their aims and values.
  • Know about the range and purpose of school and college policies and procedures

The aim of this unit is to explore holistic development. The unit will also consider effects on development and the role of the support worker to support the child and young person when concerns are raised about an individual’s development.

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

This unit provides the knowledge and understanding that underpins effective communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults.

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

The aim of this unit is to raise an awareness of health and safety through knowledge and understanding of policies and procedures in a learning environment.

  • Know the legislative and policy framework for health and safety within a learning environment.
  • Recognise and understand how to manage risks to children and young people’s health, safety and security.
  • Know how to support children and young people in relation to risk management.
  • Know about current policies and procedures for confidentiality and sharing information, including data protection.

This unit provides the knowledge and understanding required for safeguarding children and young people.

  • Know 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.
  • Understand child protection procedures.
  • Know about current policies and procedures for confidentiality and sharing information, including data protection.

The aim of this unit is to explore equality, diversity and inclusion. The unit will consider legislation, policy and procedures in schools and colleges to protect children and young people in a learning environment from the effects of discrimination.

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

There are no entry requirements for this course providing students feel comfortable studying at a Level 2 standard.

This course is suitable for students who want to gain a qualification and don't have a placement within a School.

Course Duration & Online Support

You can start this course at any time, and you would be registered for a one-year period. You also have access to a personal tutor who can be contacted by email. Your tutor is available to assist with any queries and to mark your assignments for the Awarding Body.

As the course is self-study, you can complete it as quickly as you like. Support extensions are available if students do not complete the course within the one-year period.

Course Format & Delivery

This course is supplied as hard copy paper-based materials. You will receive an A4 ring bound course folder which will include all of your course notes and assignments and there is a separate study guide which should be read before starting the course and explains about support, the required format of assignments and how to submit assignments for assessment. We find this format works well for this particular course as you don't have to be on a computer to work through the notes and you get to keep the course materials after you have completed your study if you need to refer back to them.

We do also offer the option of an online version of the course notes which can be purchased for an additional £36.00 for learners who prefer computer-based learning or are travelling and need access to their course notes. This option is available at the checkout when ordering the course.

The hard-copy course materials are dispatched using a next working day courier service where available and the online course notes are usually issued within 24 hours of processing an application.

If learners would prefer an online only version of the course notes then please contact us for information on how to order this.


The course is assessed through a series of written assignments, which are submitted and marked by your course tutor. There is no external examination required.

CACHE Level 2 Qualification

The Qualification is gained from your coursework so there is no exam to complete. On successful completion, students will receive a Level 2 Support Work in Schools and Colleges Qualification issued by NCFE CACHE.

This qualification has been accredited on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF Qualification Number - 603/2478/8). This is a Level 2 Award Qualification and has 12 credits.

Information on level descriptors can be found on the Ofqual's level descriptors page.

CACHE are a national awarding body who offer high-quality qualifications for the care and education industry, making them the UK’s leading sector specialist. Established in 1945 by the Ministry of Health under the name of the National Nursery Examination Board (NNEB). In 1994 the NNEB merged with the Council for Early Years Awards to form CACHE. They offer a portfolio of qualifications ranging from Entry to Level 5. This course is purchased through Distance Learning Centre, a partner of Kendal Publishing. The delivery, assessment and quality assurance will be carried out by Kendal Publishing who are an approved CACHE centre for assessment and certification.

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