Certificate in Supporting Teaching & Learning – Level 3

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Why study this course?

This qualification provides learners with an understanding of the knowledge needed when working directly with children and young people in a school or college environment. It will enable learners to gain an understanding of elements including children and young people’s development, safeguarding their welfare, and communication and professional relationships

Course content

During the course you will build a portfolio of evidence and be visited at your placement regularly by a qualified, experienced assessor. You need to show competence in both skills and knowledge and need to be working or be on a
practical placement during the taught programme of study in a learning environment (school or college) and undertake 300 hours of placement
The majority of the course is made up of independent study with assignments being accessed online.
All evidence generated by yourself will be assessed against the standards expected of a Level 3 learner for each learning outcome.
You must be successful in all components to gain the qualification

Entry requirements

You need to have secured a placement in a school of your choice to carry out your placement for 12 hours a week. This must be shown at an interview.
Completion of Supporting Teaching and Learning Level 2 or currently working as a teaching assistant.
Other requirements:
  • You should be able to support children in maths, English and ICT within the learning environment
  • Have responsibility in supporting children to review their learning and achievements and be able to work with the teacher to review the assessment process
  • Self motivated and able to study independently
  • Have a deep understanding of child development
  • A clear enhanced DBS check
  • Maths and English at GCSE C or above or equivalent such as Functional Skills Level 2
  • An agreement that you will attend every class and submit assignments on time
Level 3 criteria requires you to analyse, draw conclusions, interpret or justify, which are all principles of higher level skills. This means that evidence provided for your portfolio will also demonstrate development and use of these skills.


A pen, paper, lever arch folder and enthusiasm!

Day, time and duration


9.30-11.30 Online – lessons spaced to allow for workplace assessments

38 weeks

Start date

25th September 2023



Funding your course

An Advanced Learner Loan is available for this course

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