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Accredited training and qualifications

A number of our Consortium members offer accredited training or qualifications. These may be signposted on the Speech, Language or Communication Framework, or take a look at our Consortium Catalogue which includes information on the products and services available from our members.

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

Developed in collaboration with City & Guilds, the accredited Level 3 Award in Supporting Children and Young People’s Speech, Language and Communication supports the continuing professional development of those working with children and young people.

The course aims to boost your knowledge and skills in:

  • observing and recognising stages of development in speech, language and communication
  • helping you to identify children who are experiencing difficulties
  • as well as an opportunity to develop your confidence in working with parents to support their child’s speech, language and communication development.


Who is it suitable for?

The Award is relevant for practitioners in a wide range of settings, including early years, health, social care and schools. It is particularly relevant to those working directly with children and young people (aged 0-19) in learning and development roles such as early years practitioners, teachers and teaching assistants.


Why is the qualification important?

  • 1 million children in the UK have speech, language and communication needs SLCN (I CAN, 2016)
  • 2 children in every class will have clinically significant language difficulties (Norbury, 2016)
  • 50% of children in some areas start school with delayed language (I CAN, 2016)
  • In primary schools, more children have language difficulties than any other special need (I CAN, 2016)
  • Up to 80% of pupils in some secondary schools have poor language skills (I CAN, 2016)

Raising the skill level of everyone working with children and young people can help to increase the quality of provision and ensures better outcomes for children and young people.

The importance of the qualification also links to a number of key governmental policy areas including:

  • Children & Families Act 2014, SEND Code of Practice and SEND Reforms
  • 30 hour free childcare entitlement
  • 2 year progress check
  • Early Years Foundation Stage
  • Healthy Child Programme 0-19 years


How is the Award structured – what do you have to do?

For successful completion of the Award you must complete three units – two mandatory and one of a choice of four optional units. Each unit is 3 credits, apart from one of the optional units which is 4 credits. These have been developed to appeal to a wide range of learners, so you’ll be able to choose something that’s just right for you.

Download the learning outcomes and assessment criteria for each of the units


Interested in completing the Level 3 qualification?

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



Face to Face Delivery of the Award

The Communication Trust has also 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:


Optional Units


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

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