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

Adult Skills & Training

Date (from)



Awarding body


Part Time - September 2018

Tuition fee is £2,225.

This course is eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan from the Student Loans Company. For more information about Advanced Learning Loans and how to apply, please visit: www.gov.uk/advanced-learning-loans .




Course introduction

Course description:

The course will provide learners 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 assessments.

Course content:

The Diploma 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 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 may undertake functional skills while on the programme. 

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 candidates and prepare them for assessment.

Minimum entry requirements

This course is for Teaching Assistants, Learning Support Assistants, Cover Supervisors, Learning Mentors or those in a similar role at Level 3. It is recommended that learners be employed in a school environment as they need to show competence in both knowledge and skills at Level 3.  Volunteers need substantial hours and the school’s support to be sure of demonstrating that they are working with a degree of independence and responsibility.

How will I be assessed?

Course assessment:

 Tutors and Assessors will work together to support candidates and prepare them 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

·         Observation in the setting

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

Information & support

Additional information:

Please bring along a lever arch file and dividers, A4 paper and pens.  You will need access to the internet and email.  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.

Information, Advice and Guidance:

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.


What can I do with this qualification?

Qualifications gained from this course:

Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF) -
Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education (CACHE);  a specialist Awarding Organisation for the Care and Education Sector

Functional Skills, if applicable, in English and Maths.

Progression opportunities:

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

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