*A placement in a school of at least one day a week is required for the duration of the course.
If you are unable to obtain the voluntary work then you should look at Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Level 3 Award.
Paying in Full: £399
Paying in Stages: Your first payment will be £99, then a direct debit will be set up for seven monthly payments of £50. Only available to students with a UK bank account.
Is this the right course for me?
There are many Teaching Assistant qualifications and identifying the one that suits you best can often be difficult. We have put together a guide to help you identify when a qualification is genuine and also help you choose the best one for yourself.
What do I learn?
The Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Level 3 Certificate is suitable for those already working or volunteering in a school in the role of Teaching Assistant, Classroom Assistant or Learning Support Assistant. It is focused on those students directly supporting the teaching and learning of pupils in an area that requires specialist knowledge and skills.
The qualification is fully recognised and accepted by OFSTED and qualifies students as a Level 3 Teaching Assistant.
How it works
Support is provided for up to 12 months but it is entirely up to you how quickly you work through the course. The estimated study time is 180 hours so if you average around 5-6 hours a week study you would complete in 8-9 months.
The course is delivered hard copy in folders. These are yours to keep so you can write on them, make notes etc. Your pack will contain everything you need to begin your course including your lessons, tutor and support information. In addition, a study guide explaining how to get started along with comprehensive study notes for each element of the course is included.
Support is provided throughout the course via a tutor who can be emailed at any time should you come across anything you are unsure of. There is also a support team by telephone. Don't hesitate to ask if you are unsure!
The course is split into eleven units. At the end of each unit, you will complete an assignment which you will email to your tutor. An assignment is a set of questions based upon the unit you have just studied. If there are any areas for improvements or anything that you have misunderstood you will always have the opportunity to re-submit. Alongside this, you will be putting together a portfolio of evidence. Here you are documenting examples of tasks and activities you complete in the classroom. Your evidence sheets will be signed by the teacher you work alongside in the classroom.
The good news is there are no exams! Once you have completed all the assignments/portfolio work you complete the course.
You must either be employed or have access to at least one day a work voluntary in a school setting of reception class or above. This can be split, for example, two mornings a week or two afternoons.
If you miss a week for any reason this is fine, the recommendation is simply to ensure you have enough time in class to gather the necessary evidence to complete the course.
Unit 1: Understand Child and Young Person Development
This unit provides knowledge and understanding of how children and young people from birth to 19 years develop, including underpinning theoretical perspectives. It also includes actions taken when differences in development are identified and the potential effects of transitions on children and young peoples development.
Unit 2: Understand How to Safeguard the Wellbeing of Children and Young People
This unit provides the knowledge and understanding required to support the safeguarding of children and young people. The unite contains material on e-safety.
Unit 3: Support Children and Young People's Health and Safety
This unit provides the knowledge, understanding and skills required to support children and young people's health and safety. It requires a demonstration of competence in recognising hazards and undertaking risk assessments in the work setting.
Unit 4: Engage in personal development in children and young people's settings
This unit is aimed at those who work in health or social care settings or with children or young people in a wide range of settings. The unit considers personal development and reflective practice, which are both fundamental to such roles
Unit 5: Support Learning Activities
This unit provides the knowledge, understanding and skills to support learning activities. It requires competence in supporting the planning, delivery, assessment and review cycle.
Unit 6: Promote children and young people's positive behaviour
This unit provides the knowledge, understanding and skills required to promote children and young people's positive behaviour. It requires demonstration of competence in promoting positive behaviour, managing inappropriate behaviour, dealing with challenging behaviour and contributing to reviews of behaviour and behaviour policies.
Unit 7: Develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults
This unit covers the competence required to develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults.
Unit 8: Promote equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people
This unit provides the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to promote equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people. It requires demonstration in promoting equality and diversity and supporting inclusion.
Unit 9: Support assessment for learning
This unit provides the knowledge, understanding and skills to support assessment for learning. It requires demonstration of competence in using assessment strategies to promote learning, supporting learners to review their learning strategies and achievement and working with the teacher to review assessment for learning processes and outcomes.
Unit 10: Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
This unit provides the knowledge and understanding which underpins effective communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults.
Unit 11: Schools as organisations
This unit aims to prepare the learner for working in a school. It covers knowledge and understanding of the structure of education, how schools are organised, school ethos, mission, aims and values, legislative and policy frameworks and the wide context in which schools operate.