Supporting Teaching & Learning (level 3 Specialist Diploma)

Accredited course - interview required.

Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 2225 Conc £0 Full £2225

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Wednesday 10:00 - 15:30 32 MAC 16/10/2019 15/07/2020 TT1525

What will the course cover?

The certificate comprises of 11 mandatory units carrying 32 credits such as: Communication with young people and adults; Schools as organisations; Child and young person’s development; Safeguarding the wellbeing of children and young people; Supporting learning activities; Promoting positive behaviour; Developing professional relationships; Promoting equality, diversity and inclusion; Supporting assessment of learning; Personal development in health and social care; Support children and young people to stay healthy. To gain the specialist diploma you will need to achieve 12 extra credits which can be chosen from the optional unit – ask at interview about Diploma options.

Who is the course for?

This course is offered as a progression from the Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning. It is also suitable for experienced teaching assistants without any formal qualifications. This course can also be taken by professionals who are looking to a change in career working in the school environment.

What skills, knowledge or experience do I need to start this course?

To gain entry to this course, you must complete, attend an interview and complete a skills assessment. Check our website at or call 020 8753 3600 for details. You must provide evidence of literacy and numeracy skills at level 2, or substantial experience working within the school environment. You will also require an appropriate level of IT skills (MS Word, email, internet search etc.) and access to a computer and the internet to successfully complete this course. You must have a nominated member of school staff to act as your witness and mentor, an up-to-date Disclosure & Barring Service check and a 12-hour work placement (two days a week). If you have achieved a level 2 qualification in Supporting Teaching and Learning, we expect your school experience to be continuing to Level 3 without any breaks. This course requires you to have a sound knowledge of school procedure and support roles.

What should I be able to do by the end of the course?

You should be able to adopt an integrated approach to the theory and practice of supporting teaching and learning, reflect on your own previous/current levels of experience, practice and skills, and identify areas for development, identify principles of assessment for learning, managing and supporting behaviour, understand and be able to apply in practice the principles of safeguarding, equality and inclusion in the learning environment.

How is the course organised?

The course will consist of 5 guided learning hours per week for 34 weeks (Wednesday-Term-time only) Alongside classroom teaching, activities and discussions, you will have 1-1 Tutorial sessions and Professional discussions. Your allocated assessor will visit you twice (Minimum) on placement to assess your skills and discuss your practice with the class teacher and other colleagues nominated by you. You will actively take part in class meetings.

What extra study or practice is expected outside of the class?

To gain the maximum benefit, you should read recommended books and websites, and review the topics covered during the class each week. You should research unit topics, and work on sections of your assignments after each class session. Computer access is available at Study Support sessions at Macbeth Centre. Candidates will be expected to undertake additional study in their own time and complete assignments, including weekly Learning Journals. You must also complete your placement diary every week.

How will my progress be assessed?

Each learner is assigned an assessor, who will work with the learner to achieve the qualification. This will take place at the centre and the workplace. Your assignments will also be marked and feedback given to you. You will complete a learning journal at the end of every teaching session. You will also have a 1-1 Tutorial session and professional discussions with both your course tutor and assessor. As a group you will have a class meeting once a term where you will be able to contribute to how effective the learning methods being used are and add suggestions about what can be improved.

What can I expect to go on to after this course?

Level 3 can then lead to a Foundation Degree and then a final university third year (top-up), with progression on to PGCE. There are various career options possible with further training or study in education and child care. Progression routes will be discussed towards the end of the course.

Are there any other costs and what do I need to bring?

A Notepad and pen for notes, a ringbinder for your handouts/research/notes, and materials for assignments. You will be responsible for your Disclosure & Barring Services check (formerly referred to as CRB). The fees stated are in the course guide and will also be discussed at interview. If you are over 24 and have a national insurance number you may be eligible for the 24+ loan. When you are offered a place you will receive a guidance letter on how to access the loan. Start date, mode of attendance and location will also be discussed at the interview.

What support is available?

There will be tutorials for each student per term. Relevant books and periodicals may be available from your local Library Service. You may wish to get additional help and guidance offered through the Study Support Sessions at the Macbeth Centre. Specialist aids are also available such as hearing loops, roller-ball mice and large keyboards – talk to your tutor if these would help your learning. Help with literacy or numeracy is available through the basic education programme and the ESOL programme offers help for speakers of other languages. Additional support can be provided for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. The Learner Support Fund is a discretionary scheme, funded by the Skills Funding Agency, to assist learners who may be experiencing difficulties in paying for essential equipment/materials, travel costs, childcare, registration fees and other necessary expenses. These funds are only available to learners studying towards an approved qualification and who are on a low household income of under £20,000. Parental income will not be taken into consideration but the income of any spouse or partner will. Proof of low income will be required. Please discuss this with your tutor at interview or enquire at reception for full details of these funds. Details of all available support can be found on our website (, in the Guide and the Student handbook, or from teaching or Reception staff.