This Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching & Learning in Schools course is suitable for students aged 16+ who are currently working or volunteering in a school in the role of Teaching Assistant, Classroom Assistant or Learning Support Assistant. It is particularly aimed at students who directly support teaching and learning in Key stage 1 or above in an area that requires specialist knowledge or skills. School site staff and administrators would also benefit hugely from this course.

Fully recognised and accepted by OFSTED this home learning course covers all the units of the Level 3 Cert in Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools and more. In addition, this course will cover working with disabled, special educational needs and children with learning and behavioural issues.

Tutorial support by telephone is provided on this course.

Placement in reception class or above required for the duration of course. (Approx 1 Year)

  • Qualifications: Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching & Learning in Schools
  • Accredited: Yes
  • QCF Recognised: Yes at level 3
  • Awarding Body: NCFE
  • Start Date: Anytime - We enrol 365 days a year
  • Duration: Flexible - Approx 250 Hours - 14 Months Max Support
  • Credit Value: 44


  • Unit 1: Understand children and young people development
  • Unit 2: Understand how to safeguard the wellbeing of children and young people
  • Unit 3: Support children and young peoples safety
  • Unit 4: Engage in personal development in young peoples settings
  • Unit 5: Support learning activities
  • Unit 6: Promote children and young peoples positive behaviour
  • Unit 7: Develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Unit 8: Promote equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people
  • Unit 9: Support assessment for learning
  • Unit 10: Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Unit 11: Schools as organisations
  • Unit 12: Support Children's speech, language and communication
  • Unit 13: Support disabled children and young people and those with SEND
  • Unit 14: Support children and young people with behaviour, emotional and social development needs


Students looking to enrol in this course should meet the following criteria:

  • Be aged 16 Years or above
  • Have a confirmed placement for the duration of the whole course in reception class or above.
  • Possess a solid knowledge of the English language
  • Have access to a PC and the internet for the duration of the whole course
  • Basic computer skills: e.g Word processing, emailing, uploading documents etc
  • Have a genuine desire to succeed

Note: School placements are not arranged by UK Open College. Students should have a confirmed placement prior to enrolment in an Ofsted registered school (International schools should follow the english curriculum) Please do not enrol unless your placement is confirmed. If you enrol without this requirement you do so at your own risk. UK Open College will not be held responsible if you do not have a placement or your offer of placement is withdrawn.

CRB check: This is normally carried out by the school where you have arranged your placement. UK Open College does not arrange CRB check on behalf of students.


Course duration will vary dependant on student commitment, effort and ability. Overall guided learning hours are approx 250 in addition placement work. This should be used as a guideline only and completion times will vary hugely.

We would encourage students to seriously consider how they plan to complete their chosen course prior to enrolment. Students should think about how they are going to study, where they are going to study and how often. Be realistic!

Speak to family members and help them to understand what you are trying to achieve, explain you may require peace and space to study at certain times. The more you involve them the more likely you are to get them on your side.

Students are reminded that the time in which they complete is purely down to them as an individual. Completion can be as quickly or as slowly as you wish within the 14 month tuition period. If you require additional time an extension may be available. Extensions are arranged at an additional cost as and when needed.


This course is supplied in paper format and will be delivered directly to your chosen address. Students are able to complete their course assignments using a word processing programme and email them direct to the tutor. Once received tutors will reply to you directly. We do not accept course assignments via post.

Students can normally expect to receive delivery of their course materials via courier within 3 working days of enrolment being received. However, we would ask you to allow 7 working days.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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