Teaching Assistant Level 3

  • Course Code: ABC560
  • Award Level 3, Similar difficulty to - A-Level

Pursue your career as a Teaching Assistant, from home!

  • Gain the skills and knowledge to become an effective classroom Teaching Assistant.
  • Work towards a highly rewarding career with starting salaries between £12,000 and £17,000 a year.
  • Study how to support pupils with learning difficulties and gain the skills to promote positive behaviour.
  • Become an effective team member, learning about the process of early years curriculum planning.

All course materials will be delivered to you, so it couldn't be easier. Our experienced and friendly tutors will help you every step of the way by email.

You can work at your own pace. Completed coursework can be delivered by post or via email, so handing in an assignment is simple.

Boost your career opportunities and equip yourself with the skills you need for your long term success. Home learning is simple and stress-free, so enrol with us today!

Course Content

Unit 1: Supporting Learning Through Activities

  • Accommodating different learning styles
  • Independent learning
  • Supporting independent learning
  • Learning activities
  • Primary school activities
  • Secondary school activities
  • Feedback on learning activities

Unit 2: Learning Through Play

  • Play and development
  • Creating play spaces
  • Involving children in play space creation
  • The importance of the consultation process
  • Supporting a play session
  • Play space legislation
  • Disability Discrimination Act 1995
  • Risk assessments for play spaces

Unit 3: Developing Positive Behaviour

  • Modelling appropriate behaviour
  • External factors
  • Supporting behavioural difficulties
  • Rewarding positive behaviour
  • Recognising positive behaviour

Unit 4: Becoming an Effective Team Member            

  • Effective communication
  • Applying communication to teams
  • Team working
  • Relationship issues within a team
  • Minimising conflict
  • Coordinating the classroom

Unit 5: Early Years Curriculum Planning

  • Learning and development patterns
  • Intellectual learning and development patterns
  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Physical development
  • Communication and language
  • Differentiation
  • Creating a stimulating work environment

Unit 6: Supporting Pupils with Particular Needs

  • Gifted and talented programmes
  • Delivering a gifted and talented programme
  • Equality of access legislation
  • Providing equality of access
  • Inclusivity
  • Interaction and communication needs
  • Promoting non-verbal communication skills
  • Autism
  • Supporting emotional and social needs
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)


This course is assessed by a series of assignments, which are submitted to your tutor for marking. No external examination is required.

Course Duration

You may start at any time and have a full year to complete your studies. We suggest that the course will take approximately 120 hours to complete. This is more than enough time to give you flexibility and work at your own pace without the pressure of deadlines.

Study Method

This course is designed for distance learning at home or at work. Students studying via the paper based method will receive a course pack and study bag containing all study materials, as well as full tutor support by email. Students who have chosen to study online will recieve the course via our online learning environment. A welcome pack will also be sent to you in the post including tutor details.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme.  This means that Open Study College has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria.  The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner. 

The course itself has been designed by Open Study College to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements.  ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met.  A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. They have a comprehensive portfolio of over 650 Ofqual regulated qualifications on the national Qualifications and Credit framework (QCF). It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries.   As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of examination and assessment expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers over 600 Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

Course Questions and Answers

Q: What skills do I need to enrol onto this course?

No previous knowledge is required to enrol onto this course.

Q: What is included in the cost of my course?

  • Course manual
  • Study guide
  • FREE student record bag
  • FREE NUS card worth £12.00
  • Pen
  • Personal tutor support
  • Assignment marking and feedback

Q: Are there any additional costs?

No. Everything you need is included in the price! 

Q: What do I do if I have any further questions?

For further information, please contact us.

Reviews for this course

"This is the best way for study"
Hina Ikbal, Wembley

I have enrolled on the teaching assitant level 3, I'm pretty comfortable with material and it's understandable, I found it difficult but keep reading everyday it helps me to understand the course material, I'm quite sure I can get good results and tutor support is exellent. I always wanted to become a teacher, its my dream and this is the best way for studying and a great opportunity for me to study with open study college. Thank you. 

"It has given me confidence "
Rachael Johnston, Warrington

I think that the course is really good - I think it helps I've been volunteering in Early Years for a few years which has given me the confidence to complete assignments and use personal examples. I would think it would be better if you could go back into the units without having to "restart" unit and it always been available. Tutor support is good - only needed in when I've sent of assignments and found the feedback useful. I'm doing other courses as well at the moment so I'm happy with the marks I am getting especially with what else I have on. I've always wanted to study as TA course but never had the confidence to actually do it, but lots of people over the past year have told me to get the qualification in a way that would be good for me. The School I help at as also been really supportive and have helped improve my confidence.

"Opened up a whole new world of learning for me"
Maureen Harrison, Retford

On first sight I thought "I will never be able to do that", but once I got going I found it to be relatively easy to follow. There was so much information to take in that I had to read the notes a couple of times before it sunk in. While reading, I found that the information given took me in several directions when looking on the internet for evidence for my essay.

I have learned so much and I find myself watching the children I work with a lot more closely looking for confirmation of my findings. I am quite a bit older than the students in my school but this course has opened up a whole new world of learning for me.

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