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Accredited training and qualifications

A number of our Consortium members offer accredited training or qualifications. These may be signposted from the Speech, Language or Communication Framework, or you can find out more on consortium members' websites - you can find details of here.

Level 3 Award: Supporting Children and Young People's Speech, Language and Communication

This Level 3 continuing professional development (CPD) Award, enables the children's workforce to develop the knowledge and skills needed to effectively support all children's speech, language and communication development and identify those who are struggling.

There are currently three different routes available to undertaking the Level 3 Award, further information about these routes can be found here.  

Platform 3: An online route to the Level 3 Qualification

Platform 3 aims to develop the appropriate knowledge and skills to enable learners to:

  • Understand the importance of speech, language and communication
  • Identify the signs of those children who are experiencing difficulties
  • Promote speech, language and communication development
  • Explore ways to support children and young people who have speech, language and communication needs (SLCN)

The Award is made up of two mandatory units which should be undertaken consecutively and a further third unit, which learners can choose from a bank of four.

Please click here to download the learning outcomes and assessment criteria for each of the units.



How is it assessed?

To achieve the Level 3 Award, learners must successfully complete 3 units (2 mandatory and one optional) demonstrating that they meet the assessment criteria.

Learners study online learning materials that are packed with activities and opportunities to check your learning before submitting a series of portfolio tasks to be assessed by a tutor. Part of the Award is assessed in relation to real work settings, ensuring that learning is taken and fully applied within real practice, contributing to improving quality within settings as well as by individuals.

For further information about completing the qualification, please download our Platform 3 FAQ document



Who is it suitable for?

The Award is relevant for practitioners in a wide range of settings, including early years, health, primary and secondary schools, and across a number of roles. It may be particularly applicable for those working in early years or in a support role in schools, such as teaching assistants or learning support staff.




Who can access Platform 3?

As well as the current pilot project involving childminders, The Communication Trust are now offering approved centres and training providers the opportunity to subscribe to use Platform 3 as a model of delivery. The aim is to increase learner access to the award so that the maximum number and type can undertake the qualification to ensure the best impact on the greatest number of children.



For more information, please click here or visit www.platform3online.org.uk/


Face to Face Delivery of the Award

The Trust has produced free materials for trainers and learners to support the delivery of the Level 3 Award in Supporting Children and Young People's Speech, Language and Communication. If you would like to download these materials please click here where you will need to fill in a simple form to register your details.

If you would like further information on the Award please contact enquiries@thecommunicationtrust.org.uk.

The Award is offered by CACHE, City & Guilds and Ascentis. More information about the Award can be found on the Awarding Organisation websites (Qualification Number 600/8251/3)