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CACHE Level 3 Award in Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities

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This CACHE Level 3 Award in Supporting Individuals with Learning Difficulties helps learners to equip themselves with the knowledge required in order to work with children and adults with a  wide range of learning difficulties. The course is designed for those that are currently working, or wish to work, in a job role that requires them to interact with individuals that have mild to severe learning difficulties.

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Throughout this CACHE Level 3 Award in Supporting Individuals with Learning Difficulties course, students will explore 4 different units that cover a wide range of skills required when working with people that are affected by learning disabilities. The course is designed to give you a strong understanding of how to support individuals with learning difficulties to make their own decisions and make the most of their life through different stages of development. 

Study Time: 120 hours
Enrolment length: 12 months
Course Format: Online
Entry Requirements: None Specific

Upon completion of this qualification, students are awarded a CACHE Level 3 Award in Supporting Individuals with Learning Difficulties and an OLC Certificate. All certification fees are included in your course fees. This qualification is suitable for a range of different career paths in settings such as:

  • SEND teacher
  • Learning disability nurse
  • Social care worker
  • Support worker
  • Adult learning tutor


To gain the full CACHE Level 3 Award in Supporting Individuals with Learning Difficulties certification you will need to submit and pass all of the tutor marked assignments. There are 4 assignments in the course and no need to purchase any textbooks as we provide all of the lessons and materials required to learn the syllabus.

There is no formal exam and the certification fee is included in the course fees.

For further information, go to: Qualification Code 600/4037/3

See the CACHE Qualification summary for this course here


All of our students are given access to our online campus through their own personal login and password. Once logged in you can access your course materials, lessons, resources and assignments in your own time. Assignments are uploaded through your account and the process is easy intuitive. Our online campus includes:

  • 24/7/365 access to all of your course materials- all lessons, assignments and resources are available from the moment you enrol
  • Instant access to your course after you enrol- start studying immediately!
  • Integrated chat and messaging systems so that you can contact your tutor
  • Online assignment uploads to save time in returning marks and feedback.
  • Links to further resources and information available on courses
  • Self-led learning on all courses- study in your own time and work through your assignments at your own pace
  • Safe e-portfolio of your work is kept under lock and key on our secure servers
  • Progress bar to show the work you have completed and how many tasks you still have to complete on your course
  • Detailed help centre with step-by-step instructions on getting the most from your course and how to upload assignments and contact your tutor


To pass this course learners must pass 4 assignments. These are completed after navigating through the corresponding lessons and writing your answers to assignment questions. Once these have been read and marked by your personal tutor, feedback and marks are provided to students which contain helpful tips to improve work in future assignments.

Enrolment Length

All of our courses are allocated plenty of time for students to complete their studies and all materials are self-led so that you can complete the course at your own pace. Should you require additional time on one of our courses you can extend your enrolment by 30 days for an additional fee of £60.

As well as this we operate a 14 day money back guarantee on every one of our qualifications- that’s how confident we are of how you will love studying with us!

Course Content

This CACHE Level 3 Award in Supporting Individuals with Learning Difficulties course assesses the following units:

Unit 1- Understanding the context of supporting individuals with learning disabilities

  • Understand the legislation and policies that support the human rights and inclusion of individuals with learning disabilities
  • Understand the nature and characteristics of learning disability
  • Understand the basic principles and practise of advocacy, empowerment and active participation in relation to supporting individuals with learning disabilities and their families
  • Understand the historical context of learning disability
  • Understand the basic principles and practise of advocacy, empowerment and active participation in relation to supporting individuals with learning disabilities and their families
  • Understand how views and attitudes impact on the lives of individuals with learning disabilities and their family carers
  • Know how to promote communication with individuals with learning disabilities

Unit 2- Understand positive risk taking for individuals with disabilities

  • Understand that individuals with disabilities have the same right as everyone else to take risks
  • Understand the importance of a positive, person-centred approach to risk assessment
  • Understand the legal and policy framework underpinning an individual with disabilities’ right to make decisions and take risks
  • Understand the importance of considering with an individual with disabilities the risks associated with the choices they make
  • Understand the importance of a partnership approach to risk-taking

Unit 3- Principles of supporting young people with a disability to make a transition into adulthood

  • Understand the steps and stages of moving from childhood to adulthood
  • Understand how having a disability may affect the process of moving from childhood into adulthood
  • Know the options for supporting a young person who has a disability to make the transition into adulthood
  • Understand how to support a young person with a disability through a successful transition
  • Understand the importance of supporting a young person and their family to reflect on the transition

Unit 4- Understand mental well-being and mental health promotion

  • Understand the different views on the nature of mental well-being and mental health and the factors that may influence both across the life span
  • Know how to implement an effective strategy for promoting mental well-being and mental health with individuals and groups

This course can be taken over a 12 month period but you can complete it as fast or as slowly as you wish.


The most important tool that all of our students have at their disposal is their tutor. When studying for a course with us you are assigned a personal tutor with indepth knowledge and experience in your chosen subject.

You are strongly advised to make use of your tutors expertise and ask questions about the course content. Your assignments are marked by your personal tutor and detailed feedback is given. As well as this your tutor will provide you with pointers and advice on where you can improve- this helps you to get the most from your courses and constantly improve your skills.


CACHE Certification

This qualification comes with Cache certification included at no additional cost. Cache are the UK’s leading awarding body in the care and education sectors and are work-renowned for the work which they do. Their courses are seen as an industry standard and many employers specifically request Cache certification when recruiting new people into a role.

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The Online Learning College are a Cache international centre and we work closely with subject specialists at the awarding body to create the best possible content for all of our qualifications. Since 1945, Cache have been working within the education and care sectors and have amassed a high amount of expertise and recognition for their work both at home and overseas.

You can read more about Cache by visiting their website.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the CACHE Level 3 Award in Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities Course regulated?

Yes this course is fully regulated through Ofqual which means it is recognised by all employers and linked to national standards. The course has qualification number 600/4037/3 and a total qualification time of 120 hours. CACHE are one of the largest awarding bodies in the UK and are now part of the NCFE brand. They have historically worked only in the education and care sectors and CACHE courses are seen as the leading brand for qualifications in care. This means that employers recognised these qualifications and they lead to a higher chance of employment.

What is included in the cost of the CACHE Level 3 Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities course?

The cost of this course includes everything needed to pass. Your lessons, tutor support and certification costs are all included in the price with no additional costs at any stage. Should you wish to buy paper versions of the course materials you can do so on the checkout for £35 extra but this is optional.

What entry requirements are there for this course?

There are no entry requirements for this course at all. Anyone can study for this certification and there is no need to have any prior knowledge or experience.

How long do I have to study?

This Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities course has an enrolment length of 12 months included from the date you enrol. This is plenty of time to complete the assignments but you can purchase additional time for £60 per month should you need longer to finish the assignments.

Do I have to sit an exam?

No, there are no exams on this course. Everything is assessed through coursework which you can submit at any time within the enrolment length.

Am I assigned a tutor for this course?

Yes – all students are assigned to a personal tutor who will be in charge of your tuition. The same tutor marks all of your work as well as being available to answer any questions you may have throughout your enrolment period.

Do I need to be working to do the CACHE Level 3 Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities?

No, you do not need a work placement. Everything is completed online from home through written assignments and there are no practical assignments needed.

Can I speak to someone before I enrol?

Of course. Our helpful course advisors are on hand from 9am until 5pm Monday to Friday. Contact us on our online chat or by calling 0800 772 0887 to discuss this course.

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