Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools

Become a teaching assistant, learning support assistant, additional needs assistant or pastoral/welfare support assistant and build a career working to support students with special educational needs in a school setting.


Course Content

This course is specifically designed to educate learners who want to become teaching assistants, learning support assistants or SEN assistants. You will learn the fundamental elements of working with disabled, SEN and children with learning/behavioural issues, covering a range of areas including child development, health and safety, and children’s communication.


Key Details

  • This is an in-depth introductory course and is suitable for learners that are looking to start a career as  teaching assistants/classroom support workers working specifically with students with special educational needs (SEN).
  • Once qualified, you can work in a variety of roles in schools from classroom support to wider pastoral duties.
  • There is no requirement or expectation that you are currently working in a school to be enrolled on this course. The recommended minimum age is 16 years old.

The Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools can be used as a pathway to the Level 4 Certificate for Higher Level Teaching Assistants. 


How it’s Delivered

You must complete 14 online modules, available to be taken at any time, which will be assessed by a member of our team. Feedback will be given to help with future modules and learning. There are 232 Guided Learning Hours, and you have 12 months to complete the course, although candidates usually finish within six to nine months. All material can be accessed in our e-learning portal via MS Teams and you will have access to our fantastic teaching staff throughout the duration of your course.


What are the entry requirements for this course?

There are no formal entry requirements for this course. However, candidates must be at least 16 years old and have a minimum of Level 2 in literacy or equivalent. You may be required to complete an initial assessment to ascertain your suitability for this course before you begin.  To access our world-class virtual learning classrooms you must have access to a secure internet connection and a laptop/PC/tablet using up to date Windows, Apple or Android operating systems.

For those learners who are already working with students covered by DBS (disclosure and barring service) regulations there may be a requirement to undertake a DBS check. You will be informed before you enrol on the course whether this is relevant to you.


Course Specification: Overview

Learners will be taught the roles and responsibilities of a teaching assistant and how to build professional relationships with students and teachers in the classrooms. You are taught to develop expertise in the area of supporting students with special educational needs (SEN). The Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools is broken down into fourteen main units. Some of these units include:

  • Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults.
  • Schools as organisations.
  • Support assessment for learning.
  • Promote children and young people's positive behaviour.
  • Support learning activities.
  • Understand Child and Young Person Development .
  • Understand how to Safeguard the Wellbeing of Children and Young People.
  • Support children and young people with behaviour, emotional and social development needs.


How is this course assessed?

Each of the fourteen units mentioned previously have internally set and marked assessments that must be completed to pass the course. You are expected to create an assessment portfolio based on your experiences in the classroom.

A lot of students worry about assessments. Our highly qualified teachers are committed to ensuring you gain a mastery of your work so that you can write assessments at a very high level. Do not worry! We will be with your every step of the way!


Progression - What further qualifications can I do after completing the Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools?

Successful learners can progress to other teaching, training, assessment and internal quality assurance qualifications such as:

  • Level 4 Certificate for Higher Level Teaching Assistants
  • Foundation degrees e.g. for teaching assistants or supporting teaching and learning

Please click on the links above for more information on these courses.


Why Choose Teacher Assessor Training?

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We have worked in the education sector for over a decade, initially providing entry level courses for teaching ahead of moving towards more specific NVQ courses. During this period, we developed an all-encompassing understanding of teacher assessor courses and how to supply them in an optimal way, along with forming strong working relationships with partners and affiliates in education such as Ofqual to ensure that high standards are always met. 

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Quality Material

Teacher Assessor Training makes it easy for clients to have direct access to the specific teacher assessor courses that they require. Our strong experience in the education field means that we have an encyclopaedic knowledge of all course material. We provide expert support as you navigate through the courses you need to complete, from assessor training courses to IQA courses. Have peace of mind that you have access to the right material when you need it.

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We use Microsoft Teams – a popular and easily navigable software for delivering education – so that you can complete teacher assessor courses and other modules from your own home. Our quality software allows for the same quality of teaching as provided in the class. You can have access to any teaching material you require by accessing our portal, allowing you to have more freedom and complete courses in accordance with timescales that suit you.

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