Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching & Learning in Schools
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About this course
This course is aimed at learners working in a school supporting Teaching and Learning in the classroom either in paid employment or as an experienced volunteer.
This course has been designed to:
  • Develop the knowledge and understanding that all people working in a school will need
  • Enable learners to develop and practice the skills required for progression in the sector
  • Encourage learners to reach a level of skills and knowledge that will facilitate progression on to further vocational training or to potential employment in the sector

The course is made up of the same units as the Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools with some additional competence-based units. Candidates that have already completed the Level 3 certificate are able to gain this award without duplicating training.

What will I learn?
To achieve this qualification, learners must achieve 32 credits in total from both the Mandatory and Optional units (minimum 12 credits from the Optional units). 40 credits achieved must be at Level 3 or above.

Mandatory units:

  • Communication
  • Promoting health and safety
  • Supporting learning activities
  • Promoting equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Supporting assessment for learning
  • Promoting positive behavior
  • Children and young people's development
  • Schools as organisations
  • Developing professional relationships
  • Personal development

Optional units are combined in a number of groups: 

  • Group A - Supporting learning
  • Group B - English as an additional language
  • Group C - Special educational needs
  • Group D - Providing pastoral support
  • Group E - Supporting the wider work of the school
  • Group F - Working with colleagues

There are a number of required and barred combinations from the optional units and these will be explained at induction.
Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirement. However, if you are a volunteer you will have to have 3 months experience in the educational setting you are volunteering at prior to starting the course and you will need to be working a minimum of 15 hours per week. Also you will have to be supporting in literacy, numeracy and ICT lessons.

You will also be required to show the College your DBS form before you start the course.

Study, assessment and qualifications
Each learner is assigned an assessor who will provide support and guidance throughout the course. Learners are assessed through a combination of assignments and workplace evidence, e.g observation, professional discussion and witness testimony.
Additional costs and information
You may wish to purchase a text book to support your course.
What could I do next?
You could move onto Higher Education, this can be discussed further with careers advisors within the College.