You need to be at least 18 years of age
Preferably you will have successfully completed the Level 2 Supporting Teaching and Learning Certificate (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
You need to be employed or working as a volunteer teaching assistant for 10 hours per week
Completion of a successful interview
You need to complete a literacy assessment at Level 2 to study this qualification
This qualification is suitable for both employed and voluntary teaching assistants. However, you must have a level of responsibility in a school or college as a teaching assistant suitable for a Level 3 course. It covers all aspects of specialist support, including optional units such as planning; delivering and reviewing assessment strategies to support learning alongside the teacher; bilingual support; special needs support; and personal development and reflective practice.
Some of the mandatory units you can expect to study are:
- Child development
- Safeguarding the welfare of children
- Health and safety
- Relationships and transitions
- Equality, diversity and inclusion
You will also study units on schools as organisations, support learning activities, assessment for learning and personal development. Preferably you will have completed the Level 2 Supporting Teaching and Learning qualification. If you have not, the tutor may take relevant experience into account. However, you will need to demonstrate an academic ability to work at Level 3.