217679-20150527The purpose of this qualification is to confirm your competence in a Level 3 Teaching Assistant role or similar, that supports learning in a school environment. This qualification enables you to develop and demonstrate the skills and knowledge to work in an unsupervised role at times or in a team leading positon within the school workforce, directly supporting the teaching and learning of pupils in primary, secondary or special schools. You could also use this qualification to support your progression to further learning within the Teaching and Learning and Education sector. 

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Course Fee: £499 (plus £77 NCFE registration fee, payable together)

Course Duration: 6 Months

Method of Study: Blended/distance learning

Qualification earned: Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in School (QCF) 501/0403/2

Awarding body: NCFE

Whats included: Our courses are designed to give you the flexibility to spend much more time in school and complete the theory element of the course at your own pace.


Training to suit you

 You may be familiar with traditional distance learning courses, but this innovation adopts a new generation methodology. You will benefit from a suite of online resources and tools that deliver your programme of study using the very latest in interactive technology. Selecting our courses will enhance the quality of your training. The extra school based contact will promote a more a consistent training experience and facilitate your transition from trainee to effective classroom practitioner.


Subject knowledge included

 Our courses will enhance your level of subject knowledge prior to teaching in the classroom. You will be given access to a personal learning pathway that includes core resources in your specialist subject together with optional resources. Subject knowledge resources will include our bespoke interactive video lectures and associated resources.


24/7 support and guidance

 We realise that busy lives can often mean out of hours study and for this reason we offer 24/7 first line support. The 24/7 support has typical turnaround times of less than 15 minutes and 90% of queries are dealt with by the support team without referral. Should your enquiry require redirecting to one of the tutor team, this will be conveyed to the appropriate member by the support team.


School-based training

 We will work with your school to negotiate a partnership and develop your bespoke learning pathway.


A personal dedicated tutor

 You will be able to communicate with your dedicated tutor in a number of ways including Skype, email, online forum, telephone and face to face if it is geographically feasible. You can also request a tutorial. In addition to this, your tutor team will be able to track your progress using our secure online system which enables the implementation of appropriate strategies to provide assistance in any area of need. This enables us to identify and meet any additional training needs.


 Quarterly Seminars

 Quarterly seminars from a team in the UK will conduct seminars, workshops and knowledge based lectures at key selected locations.




The three qualifications available offer a progressive development by level. These are competence based qualifications so there is a requirement for assessment in real work environment. The learner must therefore have a placement (or employment) in a school environment. It is not a strict requirement,  but it is recommended that the placement should be for the duration of the qualification, as these qualifications are for the members of the school workforce who directly support or are involved in the teaching and learning of pupils.


This qualification is made up of:

11 Mandatory Units:

  • Understand child and young person development - L/601/1693 (4 credits, Level 3)
  • Understand how to safeguard the wellbeing of children and young people - Y/601/1695 (3 credits, Level 3)
  • Support children and young people's health and safety - D/601/1696 (2 credits, Level 3)
  • Engage in personal development in health, social care or children and young people's settings - A/601/1429 (3 credits, Level 3)
  • Support learning activities - F/601/4073 (4 credits, Level 3)
  • Promote children and young people's positive behaviour - A/601/4069 (3 credits, Level 3)
  • Develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults - H/601/4065 (2 credits, Level 3)
  • Promote equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people - M/601/4070 (2 credits, Level 3)
  • Support assessment for learning - A/601/4072 (4 credits, Level 3)
  • Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults - F/601/3327 (2 credits, Level 3)
  • Schools as organisations - A/601/3326 (3 credits, Level 3)

To achieve the qualification, you must achieve 32 credits by completing all mandatory units.


Eligibility criteria

This qualification is ideal if you’re already working in unsupervised roles that support pupils’ learning in a school environment and want to confirm your competency in the role. There is a requirement for assessment in a real work environment so you must have a placement (either as a volunteer or as a member of staff) in a school environment.



Entry guidance

All trainee teachers joining this qualification programme should undertake an initial assessment of skills in English, mathematics and ICT. They should record their development needs and, where applicable, agree an action plan to address them. If trainees join the qualification programme having already undertaken an initial assessment of their English, mathematics and ICT skills, their record of development needs and any previous action taken to address them should be reviewed and updated as required. The minimum core of literacy, language, numeracy and ICT details the knowledge, understanding and personal skills in English, mathematics and ICT expected of all teachers in the sector. The minimum core document comprises three sections:

  • language and literacy
  • numeracy
  • information and communication technology (ICT)




On successful completion you will receive the Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools qualification awarded by the UK's NCFE.


Each candidate is required to create a portfolio of evidence which demonstrates achievement of 100% of the learning outcomes and assessment criteria associated with each unit. Learning outcomes and assessment criteria specify what each candidate has to achieve. The main pieces of evidence for the portfolio could include:

  • assessor observation – completed observational checklists and related action plans
  • witness testimony
  • candidate’s proof of work
  • worksheetsassignments/projects/reports
  • record of professional discussion
  • record of oral and written questioning
  • candidate and peer reports
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

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