Teaching Assistant Level 3

  • Course Code: OSC560
  • 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

This course will take approximately 120 hours to complete. You can start at any time and there is no deadline for completion, so that you can study at your own pace.

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 level 3 NCFE Award certificate of achievement. That means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to level 3 on The Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland (where level 2 and 3 courses are similar in difficulty to GCSEs and A Levels, respectively).

The training courses have been designed specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home. The course measurable learning outcomes have been benchmarked at Level 3 (using Ofqual's QCF level descriptors) to allow you to consider the depth of study, difficulty, and level of achievement involved. This course has been accredited under NCFE IIQ Licence by Open Study College which has been approved as an NCFE Investing in Quality (IIQ) centre to give formal recognition to courses.

NCFE is recognised as an Awarding Organisation by the qualification regulators for England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. These are Ofqual (the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator in England); the Welsh Government and CCEA (the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment) in Northern Ireland.

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
  • Mouse mat
  • 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

"Easy to understand And follow"
Anisa Chilwan, Blackburn

The course material is very good. Easy to understand And follow. However I haven't contacted my tutor as I haven't needed to as yet. 


"I am enjoying learning through open study college! "
Sophie Hopkins, Mountain Ash

The course is going very well so far, all the course material is very helpful and gives me enough information to complete the assessments. I am enjoying learning through open study college! 

"enjoying it"
Ellen Tedstone, Cheltenham

seems very well put together and enjoying it.

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