Adult Courses

Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools NCFE (Day & Eve)

Course Overview

  • Campuses

    Havering Ardleigh Green
  • Qualification

    Adult Courses
  • Subject

    Education and Teacher Training
  • Schedule

    Tuesday (Evening) and Wednesday (Day) (Day and Evening)
  • Duration

    36 Weeks
  • Course Target


Course Fees

*Many adults pay no or low fees, depending on their circumstances.

Entry requirements

  • Learners must be at least 19 years old
  • Learners must be working or volunteering in a learning environment (school or college) for a minimum of 10 hours per week.
  • Preferably learners will have successfully completed the Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning (if you have not, the tutor may take relevant experience into account, but you will need to demonstrate an academic ability to work at Level 3)
  • Literacy & numeracy skills at level 2 equivalent (or working towards)
  • Attend an interview and complete an initial assessment with the programme team.


This qualification provides learners with an in-depth understanding of the knowledge and skills needed when working directly with children and young people in school and college environments.

It covers all aspects of specialist support, including planning; delivering, and reviewing assessment strategies to support learning alongside the teacher; bilingual support; special needs support; and personal development and reflective practice.

You can expect to study:

  • Schools and Colleges as Organisations
  • Children and Young people’s development
  • Safeguarding the welfare of children
  • Professional Relationships with Children and Young People
  • Health and safety
  • Behaviour management
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Learner Support
  • Support English and Maths Skills
  • Support the Use of ICT in the Learning Environment
  • Support Assessment for Learning
  • Understand How to Support Bilingual Learners
  • Support Children and Young People’s Speech, Language and Communication
  • Understand How to Support Learning of Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
  • Support Children and Young People during Transitions
  • Support the role of play, leisure and extra-curricular activities for children and young people
  • Assessment Criteria

    All units will be internally assessed using a range of methods which could include: observations of practice, written assignments or tasks such as designing a poster, information display/ sheet, booklet, reflective account or creating a power point presentation.

Further Information

Students can progress onto the Level 4 Certificate for the Advanced Practitioner in Schools and Colleges, a foundation degree or specialist roles within the education sector. Typically, you will go on to work in a school or college as a teaching assistant. You may wish to look for work as a general classroom assistant or as a support assistant for individuals with specific learning needs.

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