Teaching Assistants


The Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools course is a competence-based qualification based on the National Occupational Standards (NOS). The course consists of 11 units of work which are completed and assessed on line. Learners can work through the units at their own pace. It is a job-ready qualification which requires learners to demonstrate the skills and knowledge required to work in an education environment. A competence-based qualification must be assessed in the workplace – therefore a work placement is a requirement of this course. This qualification is for those members of the school workforce who directly support the teaching and learning of pupils or anyone volunteering in a school or looking for a career as a teaching assistant..

DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) Check

As this course requires a school based work placement, you must be prepared to comply with the vetting procedures for those working with children and young people as required by current legislation (i.e. undertake an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check). Schools may process a voluntary DBS for you at no charge. If you do want your own DBS processing there will be an additional charge; this fee must be paid in addition to all other course related fees if you do not already have an active DBS.


This qualification is suitable for learners working in a school environment or looking to work in an education setting aged 16 and over with Level 2 qualifications*

Things you need to know

  • Guided Learning Hours (GLH): 180
  • QCF Level: 3
  • Credit Value: 32

You will cover these units

  • Understand child and young person development
  • Support learning activities
  • Understand how to safeguard the welfare of children and young people
  • Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Promote equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people
  • Support assessment for learning
  • Develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Support children and young people’s health and safety
  • Promote children and young people’s positive behaviour
  • Schools as organisations
  • Engage in personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings

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