Level 3 Diploma in Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools – Part-time (evening) –…

Funding information: Adult Learner Loans available, course costs apply.
Duration: 35 Weeks
Attendance: Part-time Evening

Course Overview

This award is for you if you're an experienced Learning Support/Teaching Assistant employed in a school setting, working alongside the teacher at Key Stage 1-4 (working towards the National Curriculum) and having a range of supervisory responsibilities within the school. This qualification is ideal if you are an experienced practitioner but you don't have a formal qualification in childcare/education. This qualification provides learners with an in-depth understanding of the knowledge and skills needed when working directly with children and young people in school and college environments. It covers all aspects of specialist support including planning, delivering and reviewing assessment strategies to support learning alongside the teacher; bilingual support; special needs support; and personal development and reflective practice.

Course Content

The topics you will cover include:

  • The structure of schools and colleges
  • Health and Safety
  • Safeguarding
  • Child and young person development
  • Professional relationships
  • Supporting learning activities; including English, maths and ICT
  • Assessment for learning, personal and professional development
  • Supporting positive behaviour
  • Supporting Speech, Language and Communication
  • Understanding how to support bilingual learners
  • Understanding how to support learners with SEND
  • Transitions, play, leisure and extra-curricular activities

Entry Requirements

It’s essential you are well established and an experienced teaching assistant and have at least 6 months continuous experience and working a minimum of 12 hours per week before commencing on this course, this can be a voluntary position or employment. Learners must be working in roles that offer specialist support for pupils’ learning in primary, secondary or special schools or colleges.

Assessment Methods

  • practical assignments
  • written assignments
  • verbal assignments


Successful completion of this course provides a sound foundation on which to build further advanced/specialist qualifications. Progression to other level 3 progression courses and higher education is possible. Employment opportunities include working directly with children in a school or college environment.