Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities

Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities

Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities

About the course

The NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities will provide you with the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills in supporting individuals with learning disabilities. It is aimed at those who support individuals with learning disabilities as part of their job role.

The units offered within this qualification mirror those offered within the Learning Disabilities Pathway of the Health and Social Care Diplomas in England. All units are assessed in line with the Skills for Care and Development Assessment Strategy.

Work placement: It is recommended that learners are working, volunteering or on practical placement to be able to show competence in both knowledge and skills.

How is the course delivered?

The sessions will be delivered either in one of our venues or online, using Google Meet. You will access materials and complete assignments via Google Classroom and our EQUAL learning platform.

You will need a smartphone, tablet, laptop or PC and a good internet connection to join the online sessions and/or access learning materials and resources between sessions.  You will need access to a laptop or PC to complete assignments throughout the course.

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Course dates and times

View our Vocational and Professional Development prospectus (PDF) for up-to-date information on this course.

What will I study?

To achieve this qualification, you must gain 12 credits. The mandatory unit (4 credits) and at least a further 8 credits from the optional units. A minimum of 7 credits must be achieved at Level 3 or above.

Mandatory unit – Understand the context of supporting individuals with learning disabilities (4 credits).

The range of optional units includes:

  • Support person-centred thinking and planning
  • Promote communication in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
  • Understand positive risk-taking for individuals with disabilities
  • Support individuals with a learning disability to access healthcare
  • Purpose and principles of independent advocacy
Guided learning hours (GLH)- 120 hours
Total Qualification time – 85 hours.

 Entry requirements

  • English GCSE/Level 2 Functional skills or willingness to work towards
  • Maths GCSE/Level 2 Functional skills or willingness to work towards
  • Confident digitally to enable the completion of assignments.
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How will I be assessed?

For each module, you will complete assignments that allow you to demonstrate your knowledge, skills and experience.

Assessments include:

  • Written assignments
  • Professional discussions
  • Presentations
  • Oral questioning
  • Witness testimonies
  • Reflective accounts.

How to apply

To register to attend an enrolment /assessment session use the Apply now button below.


Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care, or to progress into employment.

One of the most important things we can do is help you to prepare for employment and progress with your career. Our Make It Happen approach to CEIAG offers a variety of support including:

  • work related activities
  • employability training
  • work experience
  • careers guidance.