The Specialist Support for Teaching & Learning in Schools (QCF) – Level 3 Course is available to learners 16+ who are working within a school, particularly in the role of a Teaching Assistant, Classroom Assistant or Learning Support Assistant. It is a competency-based qualification which requires students to be employed in a school setting or to have placement. In particular, it is for those members of the school workforce who directly support teaching & learning of pupils in an area that requires specialist knowledge and skills.

The qualification is designed for those learners already working or volunteering in a learning support role in a school environment who want to develop their knowledge and skills or confirm occupational competency. There is a requirement for assessment in a real work environment so learners must have a placement (either as a volunteer or as a member of staff) in a school environment. Learners must be at least 16 to take this qualification.


The course aims to enable learners 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.

This is a competency-based qualification designed for those already working or volunteering in a school environment, directly supporting the teaching and learning of pupils in an area that requires specialist knowledge and skills, within primary, secondary or special schools. It is suitable for adult learners completing it as a standalone qualification to confirm occupational competence whilst working in various specialist support roles.

Learners will develop the knowledge and skills required to provide specialist support to teachers and pupils, including:

  • supporting children with special education needs
  • supporting children’s speech, language and communication
  • supporting disabled children
  • supporting learners with behavioural emotional and social development needs

This course provides successful students with a Level 3 Diploma Qualification listed on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) Database with 44 credits.

The Course Covers the Following 14 Mandatory Units:-

  • Unit 1: Understand Child and Young Person Development. (L/601/1693)
  • Unit 2: Understand How to Safeguard the Wellbeing of Children and Young People. (Y/601/1695)
  • Unit 3: Support Children and Young People's Health and Safety. (D/601/1696)
  • Unit 4: Engage in personal development in children & young people’s settings. (A/601/1429)
  • Unit 5: Support learning activities. (F/601/4073)
  • Unit 6: Promote children and young people’s positive behaviour. (A/601/4069)
  • Unit 7: Develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults. (H/601/4065)
  • Unit 9: Support assessment for learning. (A/601/4072)
  • Unit 10: Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults. (F/601/3327)
  • Unit 11: Schools as organisations. (A/601/3326)
  • Unit 12: Support children’s speech, language and communication. (T/600/9789)
  • Unit 13: Support disabled children and young people and those with special educational needs (H/601/7726)
  • Unit 14: Support children and young people with behaviour, emotional and social development needs (Y/601/7707)
Program taught in:
  • English
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