Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools

Start Date: 01 August 2020
Funding information: Course costs apply.
Duration: 15 Months
Attendance: Part-time

Course Overview

This qualification provides an in-depth understanding of the knowledge and skills required when working directly with children or young people in primary, secondary or special schools. It is suitable for teaching assistants, learning support assistants, parent support advisors, learning mentors or those in similar roles at Level 3.

It covers all aspects of Specialist Support including planning, delivering and reviewing assessment strategies to support learning alongside the teacher, bilingual and special needs support and personal development and reflective practice.

Learners will have 15 visits in the workplace and will have access to online materials and support throughout the duration of the course. Additional visits will incur an extra charge of £100 per visit.

Course Content

This qualification provides learners with the core knowledge and skills needed when providing specialist support for children and/or young people in primary, secondary or special schools.

Learners will need to complete 11 mandatory units and approximately 3-4 optional units to achieve this qualification. The mandatory units are:

  • Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Schools as organisations
  • Support learning activities
  • Promote children and young people’s positive behaviour
  • Develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Promote equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people
  • Support assessment for learning
  • Understand child and young person development
  • Understand how to safeguard the well-being of children and young people
  • Support children and young people’s health and safety
  • Engage in personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings.

A broad range of optional units provides learners an opportunity to specialise in specific subjects or develop your knowledge and skills in areas of particular interest.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification but learners will need to be at least 16 years of age. Learners will need to be working, volunteering or on practical placement as they will need to show competence in both knowledge and skills.

Assessment Methods

    It will be assessed by the tutor or assessor using a range of methods. This could include direct observation in the workplace a portfolio of evidence written assignments or a task.


This qualification provides learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills to work unsupervised in a variety of level 3 roles that support children and young people’s learning in schools, including specialist roles, such as:

  • Teaching assistant
  • Learning support assistant</li
  • Special needs assistant