Level 3 Diploma Specialist Support for Teaching & Learning in Schools

Start date(s):
11 Sep 2017
30 weeks
Level 3
Course Code:
Study Mode:
Part Time
Attendance Type:
Attendance Pattern:
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
19-23 - Free or £2225
24+ - £2225


This advanced course is for those who are working in a school environment and directly supporting the teaching and learning of pupils in an area that requires specialist knowledge and skills. You will have the opportunity to link theorical aspects to professional practice in a real work environment.

Progression through the units will offer you the opportunity to further develop your specialist skills. Successfully completion of the course will enable you to access a range of career opportunities within the school as well as progressing to other related qualifications.
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The content of this course reflects the increasing professionalism of the support assistant's role. This qualification will provide learners with a secure understanding of the knowledge and skills needed when working with children or young people in a school environment.


The course consists of 11 mandatory units that between them allow you to achieve the 32 credits plus 12 credits from a range of specialist optional units to acheive the Diploma. The mandatory units cover:

  • Children and young people's development
  • Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Safeguarding the wellbeing of children and young people
  • The importance of equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Supporting positive behaviour
  • Supporting learners in the classroom
  • Understanding the role of schools as learning organisations within the community.

The options units taken will depend on your job role within the sector and your assessor will guide you in your choice, as there are also a required cominations of units.


*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Teaching & assessment

This is a part-time course, where students can access support from the programme tutor and work based assessor. In addition, students have the opportunity to access college support services such as Personal Learning Coaches, Learner Support and ASC (Advice Support Careers).

Maths and English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university. If you have not achieved a new grade 9-4 or do not hold an A* to C in GCSE maths or English, your study programme at college will include teaching that will support you to progress your skills in these subjects. If you achieved a grade 3 or hold a D in either maths or English, you will re-sit your GCSE qualification with us. If your grade was lower than a 3, or your qualification is below a D, you will study Functional Skills to enhance your maths and English skills. Even if you have already achieved a grade 4 or above, or hold a A* to C, we will continue to develop your skills and help you progress further.

Industry links:

For this course the student will be required to be already working in a primary school or in a voluntary or employed capacity. This course is for experienced practitioners with at least 6 months experience in the role of support Teaching Assistant. Professional practitioners have the opportunity to link theorical aspects to professional practice in a real work environment. In additional to sharing good practice with collegues and team members from a range of provisions.

You could progress to a higher education qualification, such as a foundation degree, at New College Durham.

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Interview Instructions

All students will be asked to attend a 1:1 interview to discuss the course. Students will be asked to bring their predicted grades and two references - one personal and one from school. Students will be offered a conditional place until the grades are attainted and the references are checked.

Entry Criteria

  • 18 or over at the beginning of the course
  • GCSE in English Language or equivalent, at grade C or above
  • Relevant Level 2 qualification in Childcare, or at least 6 months experience in school supporting class teacher Key Stage 1 or above for at least 2 days per week.
  • Clear enhanced DBS check
  • Employment/voluntary placement in school 2 days a week.