Support Work in Schools (CACHE Certificate) Level 2 Award

Are you currently working or volunteering in a school setting? Are you looking for a new career direction, challenge, or an opportunity to increase your understanding of working with young children?

Then the NCFE CACHE Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools will provide you with the knowledge needed to work in a School environment.

Here at Colchester Institute, we offer a supportive learning environment to extend your skills to meet the rewarding challenges of working to support children’s learning and development.

The course will support your preparation for occupational areas, such as administrative roles, site and technical support roles, and roles directly with children.

We also offer a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Children and Young Peoples Workforce, as well as Level 2 and 3 Apprenticeships in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools.

Course Content

The CACHE Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools (QCF) is an introduction to information and knowledge needed to work in primary, secondary and special schools. It covers the many varied roles that full and part time staff may fulfill including administrative roles, site support roles, technical roles and volunteers, as well as those roles that work directly with children and young people in a school environment.

How will I learn?

The CACHE Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools offers a more flexible style of learning including both online and classroom learning.

The course combines developing your practical and theoretical skills at College, together with experience gained in the workplace.

The CACHE Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools covers:

  • Child and young person development
  • Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
  • Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people
  • Option Units to include: Schools as organisations
How will I be assessed?

The above modules will be assessed through knowledge based written assessments. Excellent attendance is required in order to achieve the qualification.

Entry Requirements

Candidates should have a strong interest in the area of working with children to support their learning, and development; it also provides initial induction training for those in a new post.

What Can I Do Next?

Progression to a Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools.

Which type of job roles can you apply for on completion?

  • Teaching Assistant
  • Learning Support Assistant
  • Special Educational Needs Assistant
How To Apply

To apply to study on this part-time course you will need to complete and return the part-time application form in the next menu.

Most part-time courses will start in September, however they can start at various points during the year, and some part-time courses will run more than once per academic year.

Please see the menu below for the next course start date.

Applicants will receive an acknowledgement email or card within one week of the application being received by our Admissions team, if you do not receive this you should contact the team to check that your application has been received. Courses will run subject to sufficient applications being received.

Our aim is to make it as easy as possible to secure your place on your ideal programme. Simply download and complete the part time application form and return it to our Admissions team as early as possible. You can return your completed application form in person or by post to our Colchester (for applications to Colchester and Clacton) or Braintree campuses:

Colchester Institute
Sheepen Road

The College at Braintree
Church Lane

If you have any further questions about the application process or next available start date, want to check the progress of your application or if you are unsure about anything please contact us using the enquiry line or enquiry form below.

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Support Work in Schools (CACHE Certificate) Level 2 Award


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