Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Level 3 Diploma

Gain the qualifications needed to become a teaching assistant in a primary, secondary, or special needs school. For people aged 19+.

The Teaching Assistants Level 3 Diploma is for anyone aged 19 or over who wants to become a teaching assistant in primary, secondary, or special needs school, or who is working in a role that supports pupils’ learning.

It provides an in-depth understanding of the knowledge and skills required when working directly with children or young people in primary, secondary or special schools.

Dependent on previous experience, qualifications and current employment, some students may be able to join this programme after the start date.

Please complete an application form and we will contact you to discuss your options.

You cover all aspects of specialist support, including:

  • planning, delivering, and reviewing assessment strategies to support learning alongside the teacher
  • bilingual and special needs support
  • personal development
  • reflective practice

There are mandatory and optional units in this qualification.


  • understand child and young person development
  • understand how to safeguard the wellbeing of children and young people
  • communication and professional relationships with children and young people
  • schools as organisations
  • supporting learning activities
  • promote children and young people’s positive behaviour
  • develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • promote equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people
  • support assessment for learning
  • engage in personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
  • support children and young people’s health and safety


  • plan and deliver learning activities under the direction of a teacher
  • support literacy development
  • support numeracy development
  • team working

You will learn via a combination of classroom based and practical work experience. On successful completion, which requires 44 credits, you will gain:

Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF) CACHE Level 3 Diploma

You are assessed by your tutor or assessor using a range of methods. This could include direct observation in the workplace, a portfolio of evidence, written assignments or a task set by CACHE (Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education).

There are opportunities to do a work placement under the direction of a mentor/teacher/senior teaching assistant two days a week. You can find out more about this when you apply.

Five GCSEs 9–4 (A*–C) which must include maths and English, or functional skills Level 2 maths and English.

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