1Course Overview

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

Course code: SH002

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Kick-start your career as a teaching assistant, from home, with this RQF Ofqual regulated Level 3 Diploma course.

As well as providing an excellent knowledge base in specialist support for teaching and learning in schools this course is ideal for:

  • Students who want to gain a recognised qualification in specialist support for teaching and learning in schools
  • Those that want to go onto further vocational training and placement opportunities
  • Those wanting to progress in their current career
  • Those aspiring to achieve a career in a school as a teaching assistant, special educational needs assistant, learning support assistant, and more

This Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools course enables you to:

  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of those involved in supporting teaching and learning in schools, especially where that support requires specialist knowledge and skills
  • Learn how to support children with special education needs, behavioural emotional and social development needs and disabled children
  • Explore how to support assessment for learning
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2Course Content

Qualification title: TQUK Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools (RQF)

Qualification Number: 601/4423/3

Unit 1:  Understand Child and Young Person Development (L/601/1693)
  • How children and young people from birth to 19 years develop
  • Theoretical perspectives
  • Actions taken when differences in development are identified
  • The potential effects of transitions on children and young peoples development
Unit 2:  Understand How to Safeguard the Wellbeing of Children and Young People (Y/601/1695)
  • Supporting the safeguarding of children and young people
  • E-safety
Unit 3:  Support Children and Young People's Health and Safety (D/601/1696)
  • Supporting children and young people’s health and safety
  • Recognising hazards and undertaking risk assessments in the work setting
Unit 4:  Engage in Personal Development in Children & Young People’s Settings (A/601/1429)
  • Roles in health or social care settings
  • Roles with children or young people in a wide range of settings
  • Personal development and reflective practice
Unit 5:  Support Learning Activities (F/601/4073)
  • Supporting learning activities
  • Supporting the planning, delivery, assessment and review cycle
Unit 6:  Promote Children and Young People’s Positive Behaviour (A/601/4069)
  • Promoting children and young people’s positive behaviour
  • Managing inappropriate behaviour
  • Dealing with challenging behaviour
  • Contributing to reviews of behaviour and behaviour policies
Unit 7:  Develop Professional Relationships with Children, Young People and Adults (H/601/4065)
  • Developing professional relationships with children, young people and adults
Unit 8:  Promote Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Work with Children and Young People (M/601/4070)
  • Promote equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people.
  • Supporting inclusion
Unit 9:  Support Assessment for Learning (A/601/4072)
  • Support assessment for learning
  • Assessment strategies to promote learning
  • Supporting learners to review their learning strategies and achievements
  • Working with the teacher to review assessment for learning processes and outcomes
Unit 10:  Communication and Professional Relationships with Children, Young People and Adults (F/601/3327)
  • Effective communication and Professional Relationships with Children, Young People and Adults
Unit 11:  Schools as Organisations (A/601/3326)
  • Prepare the learner for working in a school
  • Structure of education
  • How schools are organised
  • School ethos
  • Mission
  • Aims
  • Values,
  • Legislative
  • Policy frameworks
  • Context in which schools operate
Unit 12:  Support Children’s Speech, Language and Communication (T/600/9789)
  • Supporting the development of speech, language and communication of children in a school setting
Unit 13:  Support Disabled Children and Young People and those with Special Educational Needs (H/601/7726)
  • Supporting children in school who have a disability or have a special educational need and require additional provision
Unit 14: Support Children and Young People with Behaviour, Emotional and Social Development Needs (Y/601/7707)
  • Support Children and young people with behaviour, emotional and social development needs including those:
  • Who experience emotional and behavioural difficulties
  • Who are withdrawn or isolated or display school phobic reactions
  • Who are disruptive and disturbing, hyperactive and lack concentration
  • With immature social skills or personality disorders
  • Presenting challenging behaviours which may arise from other complex
3Other Information

Students are required to compile a portfolio of evidence which demonstrates their learning against each of the assessment criteria of the course, which will be assessed by your tutor.  Some portfolio evidence will need to be witnessed by a competent person in the workplace hence students must be employed in school or arrange and complete a voluntary work experience placement.

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 250 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

You will study this course by distance learning, which will enable you to learn when and where you want. You can study from home or at work; it is completely up to you. All your materials will be posted to you, so receiving your course is hassle-free. You will also receive our tutor support by email, so help is only a click away!

Course Outcomes

This course provides successful students with a qualification from TQUK, regulated by Ofqual. TQUK is an Awarding Organisation recognised by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) in England and by the Welsh Government.

This is a knowledge based qualification suitable for support roles in schools, including site staff, administrators etc as well as those who work directly with children and young people.

This is a competence based qualification suitable for all roles in schools, including site staff, administrators etc as well as those who work directly with children and young people. It seeks to develop the knowledge and understanding that all those working in a school setting will need and covers areas such as safeguarding, communication and understanding the school context.  


Your Questions Answered

What skills are needed to enrol onto this course?

You must be 16 years or older to enrol onto this course.

Is there a time limit for the completion of this course?

You may start at any time and have a full year to complete your studies. It is truly flexible and is designed to be adaptable around your lifestyle and other commitments.

What is included in the cost of my course?
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV writing service
  • Comprehensive study guide
  • Exclusive Open Study College Pen
  • Student study planner
  • Three colour highlighter
  • Student notebook
  • Document wallet
Do I have to sit in an exam?

No. We will issue certification based on your coursework and work placement assessments.

Do I need to be working in a school to enrol onto this course?

Yes. 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. There is no minimum duration for the placement, but you should seek a placement sufficient to gather the evidence of learning required by each study unit of the course.

Are there any additional costs?

No, everything you need is included in the price!

How do I get my work assessed?

You will send your work to your personal course tutor for them to mark and return to you. On successful completion of the course you will be awarded your certification.

What if I still have questions?

That’s not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Support Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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For your finance application to be considered you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be over 18 years old
  • Be employed for at least 16 hours a week or retired and in receipt of a private or company pension. Certain state benefit schemes may also be considered.
  • Be a permanent UK resident with a 3 year address history
  • Have a good credit history with no late payments, debt relief orders or bankruptcies
  • Have a valid email address and can access it

Please note that meeting the above criteria does not guarantee finance acceptance.

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