Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching & Learning in Schools (QCF)

Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching & Learning in Schools (QCF)

Adult Skills & Training Location: Multiple locations
Type: Full Time
Awarding Body: CACHE
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Course Details

The course will provide you with a secure understanding of the knowledge and skills needed when working directly with children or young people in school environments.  There will be weekly workshops across the year and workplace assessment.

The course is made up of mandatory and optional units which are based on knowledge and skills. To gain the qualification learners will need to achieve 44 credits. A total of 40 credits being achieved at Level 3 or above. A total of 32 credits will come from the mandatory units and then learners will need to obtain a minimum of 12 credits from the optional units.

Mandatory units:-

  • Understand child and young person development.
  • Understand how to safeguard the wellbeing of children and young people.
  • Communication and professional relationships with children and young people.
  • 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.
  • Engage in personal development in health, social care or children's and young people's settings.
  • Support children and young people's health and safety.

English and Maths are essential for those working in an educational environment, so all learners will undertake functional skills while on the programme.  Apprentices will also do ICT functional skills and complete units 'Employer Rights and Responsibilities' and 'Personal Learning and Thinking Skills'.

Course Structure & Teaching Methods

The course will be taught through workshops which include lectures, group and individual work, discussion and presentations.


Tutors and Assessors will work together to support you and prepare you for assessment.  The skills and knowledge which reflect good work place practice will be assessed through observation in the work place and a portfolio of written evidence. Methods of assessment could include:

• Professional discussion
• Reflection on own practice in real work situations
• Coursework
• Learner's own plans and written records

All the assessment criteria of the mandatory and optional units must be achieved in order to obtain a pass in this qualification.

Information & Support

Please bring along one lever arch file and dividers, A4 paper and pens. Please let our staff know if you need any additional support or reasonable adjustments - we will do all we can to help. We can also tailor learning materials to suit particular needs.

Experienced and competent staff at our adult learning centres can help you decide on your course and progression options. If you feel you would benefit from more in depth careers advice please contact: The National Careers Service - Call 0800 100 900 Lines are open 8am to 10pm, 7 days a week or https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk. Practical help and advice is also provided to assist students with any kind of disability or individual need, including people for whom English is not their first language. Please contact our centre staff to discuss your needs prior to starting your course.

Progression Opportunities

Qualifications gained from this course:

Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF) - Council for Awards in Child Care & Education (CACHE).

On completion and given sufficient experience in the workplace, you may consider progression to HLTA or a Foundation Degree. 

Available Dates and Locations

Please contact us to register your interest for the next available start date.

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