Specialist Support Teaching & Learning in Schools LV 3 Dip (RQF)

TQUK Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support For Teaching & Learning in Schools Level 3

This Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching & Learning in Schools course is suitable for students aged 16+ who are currently working or volunteering in a school in the role of Teaching Assistant, Classroom Assistant or Learning Support Assistant. It is particularly aimed at students who directly support teaching and learning in Key stage 1 or above in an area that requires specialist knowledge or skills. School site staff and administrators would also benefit hugely from this course.

Fully recognised and accepted by OFSTED this home learning course covers all the units of the Level 3 Cert in Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools. In addition this course will cover 3 additonal units covering working with disabled, special educational needs and children with learning and behavioural issues.

Qualifications: Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching & Learning in Schools
Accredited: Yes
Schools Recognised: Yes
Ofsted Recognised: Yes
RQF Recognised: Yes at level 3
Awarding Body: Training Qualifications UK (TQUK)
Start Date: Anytime - We enrol 365 days a year
Duration: Approx 12-14 Months - 14 Months Support included - Extendable by 6 months
Credit Value: 44 

Placement in reception class or above required for duration of course. (Approx 12 - 14 months) For students who do not have a placement you may wish to consider our Award course instead.

14 tutor marked assignments to complete

Specialist Support Teaching & Learning in Schools LV 3 Dip (RQF)

Specialist Support Teaching & Learning in Schools LV 3 Dip (RQF)

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Course Fee: Starting at: £549.00


​​One of the biggest concerns for any potential student is the financial commitment involved. UK Open College recognise this and have implemented a pay as you study plan to assist students in spreading any fees involved with their course over a manageable period of time. Students are able to pay a deposit upon enrolment followed by a monthly repayment over a set period of time.

We would encourage students to view any related fees as an investment in their future. The majority of investments will provide a rewarding return over a set period of time. Once qualified and in employment students can expect a fantastic return on their investment year after year.

We offer all UK Based students guaranteed acceptance onto this scheme* upon completion of a signed student agreement. Shortly after paying your deposit our accounts department will contact you direct via telephone to gather the required information to complete the agreement. Once received we will forward a digital document via email for your signature. 

*Contact details, employment details and valid UK bank details with the ability to set up direct debit are required for all students applying for our pay as you study plan. If students are unable to provide this information any application may be declined. 

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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.

This unit provides the knowledge and understanding required to support the safeguarding of children and young people. This unit contains e-material on safety.

This unit provides the knowledge, understanding and skills required to support children and young peoples health and safety. It requires a demonstration of competence in recognising hazards and undertaking risk assessments in the work setting.

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. This unit considers personal development and reflective practice which are both fundamental to both roles.

This unit provides the knowledge, understanding and skills to support learning activities. It requires competence in supporting the planning, delivery, assessment and review cycle.

This unit provides the knowledge, understanding and skills required to promote children and young peoples positive behaviour. It requires demonstration of competence in promoting positive behaviour, managing innapropriate behaviour, dealing with challenging behaviour and contributing to reviews of behaviour and behaviour policies.

This unit covers the competence required to develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults.

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 of competence in promoting equality and diversity and supporting inclusion.

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 achievements, and working with the teacher to review assessment for learning processes and outcomes.

This unit provides the knowledge and understanding which underpins effective communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults.

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 wider context in which schools operate.

This unit promotes the knowledge, understanding and skills to support the development of speech, language and communication of children in a school setting.

This unit provides the knowledge, understanding and skills to support children in school who have a disability or have special educational needs and require additional supervision.

This unit provides the knowledge, understanding and skills to support children and young people with behaviour, emotional and social development needs including those:-

  • Who experience emotional and behavioural difficulties
  • Who are withdrawn or isolated or display school phobic reactions
  • Who are disruptive and disturbing, hyperactive and lack concentration
  • With immature social skills or personality disorders
  • Presenting challenging behaviours which may arise from other complexities



Students looking to enrol onto this course should meet the following criteria:

Be aged 16 Years or above
Have a confirmed placement for duration of the whole course in reception class or above - Minimum 1 day per week
Possess a solid knowledge of the english language
Have access to a PC and the internet for the duration of the whole course
Basic computer skills: e.g Word processing, emailing, uploading documents etc
Have a genuine desire to succeed

Note: School placements are not arranged by UK Open College. Students should have a confirmed placement prior to enrolment in an ofsted registered school (International schools should follow the english curriculum) Please do not enrol unless your placement is confirmed. If you enrol without this requirement you do so at your own risk. UK Open College will not be held responsible if you do not have a placement or your offer of placement is withdrawn.

CRB check. This is normally carried out by the school where you have arranged your placement. UK Open College does not arrange CRB check on behalf of students.

Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools

Qualification ref:  60
Credit value: 44 
Awarding body: Training Qualifications UK (TQUK)

This course provides successful students with a qualification from TQUK, listed on the QCF (qualifications and credit framework) database. TQUK is recognised as an awarding organisation by the qualification regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, who are: the office of the qualifications and examinations regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Welsh Government and the council for curriculum, examinations and assessment (CCA) in Northern Ireland. 

Receipt of Certification: Certification is awarded by TQUK and can take up to 12 weeks to be received afer completion of your studies. All certification will be delivered to students direct at their home address. UK Open College have no control over delivery of certification awarded by the external awarding bodies. Any outstanding fees are payable before certification is issued. 

Course duration will vary dependant on student commitment, effort and ability. Overall guided learning hours are approx 250 in addition placement work. Students should allow approx 12-14 months to complete. This should be used as a guideline only and completion times will vary hugely. 

We would encourage students to serioulsy consider how they plan to complete their chosen course prior to enrolment. Students should think about how they are going to study, where they are going to study and how often. Be realistic!

Speak to family members and help them to understand what you are trying to acheive, explain you may require peace and space to study at certain times. The more you involve them the more likey you are to get them on your side.

If you require additional time an extension may be available as long as you have completed 50% of the assignments. Extensions are arranged at an additional cost as and when needed.


This course is supplied in paper format and will be delivered direct to your chosen address. Students are able to complete their course assignments using a word processing programme and email them direct to the tutor. Once received tutors will reply to you direct. We do not accept course assignments via post.

Students can normally expect to receive delivery of their course materials via courier within 3 working days of enrolment being received. However we would ask you to allow 7 working days

All students on this course will be registered to a personal tutor for 12 months who is contactable via email. We also have a team of dedicated advisors to help and advise with any course related queries via telephone. The tutor and support team role is to help and support students for the entire duration of their studies. Please remember our tutors are here to help. Never be embarrassed to ask for help.

This course is completed using continual assessment, allowing your tutor to closely monitor your progress every step of the way. Therefore no examination is required. Students will be required to submit a series of assignments throughout their course direct to their assigned tutor. Tutor details will be contained within your study pack. 

In addition to written assignments, students are required to build a portfolio and complete a series of practical tasks in a work based environment. A work placement work must be completed in a ofsted registered school (A part time placement is sufficient). Students studying outside of the UK must be placed within a school following the UK curriculum. Part of the placement work will require students gather of portfolio of evidence, witness statements, policies, procedures, diaries and examples of any work undertaken.

Please note: All students must have a confirmed placement for the whole course duration. This is the student's responsibilty to arrange and organise. UK Open College does not organise this and will not be held responsible if this is not in place.

Students should understand that part of any study programme requires an element of research on their part. As technology moves forward at a rapid pace a visit to the local library is no longer the chosen method of accessing information. Students are also expected to use the internet for research purposes and can expect to be referred to various blogs and websites such as You Tube and Google amongst other specific websites relating to their chosen subject. Tutors will not give you the answers to complete your assignments.

Students can expect to receive feedback on submitted assignments within 7 days. However we expect delays on this timescale  during holiday periods e.g Summer holidays July/August, bank holidays and xmas. We appreciate your patience during these periods.

In order to help students with the terms and conditions of their enrolment we have tried to keep things simple and easy to understand. No jargon or small print. Our full terms and conditions can be viewed here.

In our experience the main and most important part of these terms for our students is the cancellation & returns policy. So let’s explain these clearly to avoid any misunderstanding.

Firstly, we would request that students check the course syllabus and content immediately upon receipt. This is vitally important. Please ensure that any qualification awarded at the end of your course meets your needs. If in doubt call us on 0121 288 0181 to check before you enrol.

If for any reason you wish to cancel and return your course to us for a refund you are welcome to do so as long as you notify us within 14 days of receipt at the delivery address. Please email accounts@ukopencollege.co.uk stating your name, address, invoice number requesting to cancel. We will then respond to you with further instruction. If you have received a hard copy of your course you will be required to return this at your own cost via courier/recorded delivery before a full refund will be issued. If you have paid a deposit and signed a student agreement, you will be charged a £30 cancellation fee. This will be deducted from any deposit paid in addition to any postage charges incurred by us.

All returns must remain unused and in resalable condition. This complies with distance selling regulations. All students are welcome to return their course to us for any reason as long as we have been notified within the 14 days as above. Unfortunately, if notification to cancel is received outside of this period your request for a refund will be declined. This does not affect your statutory rights

Please call our accounts team direct on 0121 288 0181 if you have any questions regarding our cancellation and returns policy. It will only cost you a phone call

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