Course Information

Who is the course for?

This level 3 course is designed to be suitable for all staff who work with teachers in classrooms supporting the learning process in primary, special and secondary schools, including those in a general support role and those with specific responsibilities for a pupil subject area or age group. You might be a teaching assistant, classroom assistant, learning support assistant or special needs assistant.  It is assessed in a work situation and combines knowledge and practical skills.  It is a flexible programme and you will need to have the opportunity to be involved in planning learning activities in your workplace.  Allow up to 18 months to complete.

What does the course involve?

Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in schools comprises mandatory units, and optional units. To achieve the qualification learners must achieve a total of 44 unit credits.  Examples of areas you will study include:

  • How to contribute to the management of pupil behaviour
  • How to establish and maintain relationships with individual pupils and groups
  • How to support pupils during learning activities
  • Continuous review and development of your own professional practice

What makes this course special?

It gives you the opportunity to meet and share with others working in a school environment and compare and discuss current practice.  This course offers you, the candidate, the opportunity to demonstrate competent performance of tasks related to your work and to develop your own skills and potential.

Placements/Work Placements

You are expected to have paid employment as a teaching assistant of at least 6 hours a week in a school with at least 6 months experience in this role prior to interview.  Your employment will need to last the duration of the course

Entry Requirements

  • Level 2 qualification or 5 GCSEs including English at grade C or above
  • An interview is required for this course
  • Mature students welcome to apply

What are the assessment methods?

There are no written exams for this course.  Instead you will build a portfolio which will include coursework and practical assessments in your workplace 

How long is the course?

You can start this course at any time.  Expect to complete within 18 months.

What are the College attendance requirements?

  • You will spend 1 morning in college each week.
  • Self-study hours will be up to 10 a week.

Are there any additional costs for the course?

You might like to buy a textbook to help you with this qualification, which can be bought from the Learning Resource Centre.

What are the progression options?

On completion of this course you could apply to do the Sector Endorsed (Early Years) Foundation Degree


Former learners have continued in paid employment in schools, applied for HLTA status and some have progressed to Foundation degrees

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