Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
The Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools is a qualification from NCFE. The purpose of this qualification is to confirm your competence in a Level 3 Teaching Assistant role or similar, that supports learning in a school environment. This qualification enables you to develop and demonstrate the skills and knowledge to work in an unsupervised role at times or in a team leading positon within the school workforce, directly supporting the teaching and learning of pupils in primary, secondary or special schools.
You could also use this qualification to support your progression to further learning within the teaching and learning and education sector.
It is ideal if you’re already working or volunteering in a learning support role in a school environment and want to develop your knowledge and skills or confirm occupational competency. There is a requirement for assessment in a real work environment, so you must have a placement (either as a volunteer or as a member of staff) in a school environment.
Please note that this course is not currently available. Contact us for more information.
Who is it for?
This qualification is for those members of the school workforce who directly support the teaching and learning of pupils.
You must have a placement (either as a volunteer or as a member of staff) in a school environment. It is not a strict requirement, but it is recommended that the placement should be for the duration of the qualification, as these qualifications are for the members of the school workforce who directly support or are involved in the teaching and learning of pupils.
To obtain the NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools qualification (QCF qualification number 501/0403/2) you must achieve 32 credits by completing all mandatory units.
11 Mandatory Units:
- Understand child and young person development (4 credits, QCF code L/601/1693)
- Understand how to safeguard the wellbeing of children and young people (3 credits, QCF code Y/601/1695)
- Support children and young people’s health and safety (2 credits, QCF code D/601/1696)
- Engage in personal development in health, social care or children and young people’s settings (3 credits, QCF code A/601/1429)
- Support learning activities (4 credits, F/601/4073)
- Promote children and young people’s positive behaviour (3 credits, A/601/4069)
- Develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults (2 credits, QCF code H/601/4065)
- Promote equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people (2 credits, QCF code M/601/4070)
- Support assessment for learning (4 credits, QCF code A/601/4072)
- Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults (2 credits, QCF code F/601/3327)
- Schools as organizations (3 credits, QCF code A/601/3326)
Download the full Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools – Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria (November 2015)
This is a competence based qualification so there is a requirement for assessment in a real work environment. You must therefore have a placement (or employment) in a school environment. There aren’t any specific recommended prior learning requirements for this qualification. However, you might find it useful if you have already completed qualifications in a relevant area at Level 2.
What is included?
Training to suit you
You may be familiar with traditional distance learning courses, but this innovation adopts a new generation methodology. You will benefit from a suite of online resources and tools that deliver your programme of study using the very latest in interactive technology. Selecting our courses will enhance the quality of your training. The extra school based contact will promote a more a consistent training experience and facilitate your transition from trainee to effective classroom practitioner.
Our courses will enhance your level of subject knowledge prior to teaching in the classroom. You will be given access to a personal learning pathway that includes core resources in your specialist subject together with optional resources. Subject knowledge resources will include our bespoke interactive video lectures and associated resources.
24/7 support and guidance
We realize that busy lives can often mean out of hours study and for this reason we offer 24/7 first line support. The 24/7 support has typical turnaround times of less than 15 minutes and 90% of queries are dealt with by the support team without referral. Should your enquiry require redirecting to one of the tutor team, this will be conveyed to the appropriate member by the support team.
We will work with your school to negotiate a partnership and develop your bespoke learning pathway.
A personal dedicated tutor
You will be able to communicate with your dedicated tutor in a number of ways including Skype, email, online forum, telephone and face to face if it is geographically feasible. You can also request a tutorial. In addition to this, your tutor team will be able to track your progress using our secure online system which enables the implementation of appropriate strategies to provide assistance in any area of need. This enables us to identify and meet any additional training needs.
A team in the UK will conduct quarterly seminars, workshops and knowledge based lectures at key selected locations.
The primary purpose of this qualification is to confirm your competence in a supporting teaching and learning role in a school environment. This qualification builds on the skills and knowledge developed in the Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools and you’ll be expected to demonstrate autonomy and higher levels of responsibility, including:
- providing effective support for teachers and pupils
- assisting with and delivering learning programmes
- developing professional relationships with other members of the school workforce
- promoting equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people
- directly supporting children and young people’s development
- safeguarding the wellbeing of children and young people
- communicating with children, young people and adults.
You’ll also develop a wide range of personal, transferable skills, such as teamwork, communication skills, self-assessment, planning and development, which will benefit you as you progress through your career.
How do I study and how long does it take?
This is a blended learning programme with 180 Guided Learning Hours, which should normally take around six months to complete. The online element is delivered through our Teaching Zone.
How is it assessed?
You are required to create a portfolio of evidence which demonstrates achievement of 100% of the learning outcomes and assessment criteria associated with each unit. The main pieces of evidence for the portfolio could include:
- assessor observation – completed observational checklists and related action plans
- witness testimony
- candidate’s proof of work
- worksheets assignments/projects/reports
- record of professional discussion
- record of oral and written questioning
- candidate and peer reports
- Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)