Supporting Teaching and Learning – Level 3

Supporting Teaching and Learning – Level 3 (part-time)

What is Supporting Teaching and Learning? 

This involves supporting the Teacher and the delivery of the curriculum within an educational setting. This course is designed for those who directly support the teaching and learning of children and young people in an area that requires specialist knowledge and skills. This includes roles such as teaching assistant, classroom assistant, learning support assistant or special needs assistant. It aims to provide an in-depth understanding of the knowledge and skills required when working in primary, secondary or special schools. It covers all aspects of Specialist Support including planning, delivering, and reviewing assessment strategies to support learning alongside the teacher, personal development and reflective practice.

Why should I study for this qualification?

A recognised qualification is required for anyone wanting to work in a school. This qualification is suited to those who want to gain employment in the role of teaching assistant, classroom assistant, learning support assistant, special needs assistant or learning mentor. If you have a genuine interest in working with children in an educational setting, this course will provide the experience, specialist knowledge and skills.

Course structure and content

This course is 34-36 weeks. Attendance is a 2-hour theory lesson and a minimum of 1-day a week work placement. You will study the following units:

  • Understand child and young person development
  • Understand how to safeguard the wellbeing 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
  • 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
  • Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Schools as organistations

Plus optional units

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in the classroom and workplace using a range of methods including assignments, observation and oral questioning. You will prepare a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the subject. Your portfolio must be submitted at the end of the course in order to gain the qualification. You must bring a pen, writing paper and ring binder file to lessons.

Course commitment

In addition to attending a theory lesson and work placement you should allow 4-5 hours a week for further study. It is essential that you aim to achieve 100% attendance to achieve this qualification.

Entry requirements

A Level 2 qualification in Supporting Teaching or Child Development is required and you must be working in a related role or have secured a work placement for 1-day a week prior to starting the course. You will complete initial assessments in literacy and numeracy to ascertain your current level and you will be required to achieve a Level 1 in English to be able to study this qualification. A positive attitude to work and learning is essential as well as the ability to use your initiative and manage your study time.


This competence based qualification can provide progression to further qualifications at Level 4 in the same and related subject areas.

Course fee

The fee for this course is TBC.

All Level 3 courses are funded through Advanced Learner Loans. For further details please follow the link below or contact Samantha Prosser Tel: 01287 280250.

Please note that evidence of benefits must be provided at enrolment and you will also need your N.I Number and a form of I.D (passport, driving license, birth certificate or utility bill).