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Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in SchoolsApply Now »

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Level: 3

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

24+ Loan Amount: 2225.00****

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This qualification 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. It enhances your ability to perform as a teaching assistant in a school setting.

The course covers 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; and reflective practice.

Entry requirements

You should be at least 16 years old.

You should have a Level 2 Supporting Teaching and Learning qualification, with good work placement and College reports.

You should have a GSCE grade C in English (grade 4 or above) and a minimum of a GSCE grade D in Maths (grade 3 or above).

Course Content

You will study at College for three days a week and will spend the other two days on placement within a school setting.
At College, you will cover units including:
  • Safeguarding
  • Communication and professional relationships
  • Schools as organisations
  • Supporting learning activities
  • Promoting positive behaviour
  • Promoting equality and diversity
  • Child development
  • Professional development

During your placement, you will be required to carry out activities and tasks which include child observations, activity plans and reflective diaries.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by your teacher and an assessor using a full range of methods including building a portfolio of evidence, written assignments, presentations, group work and displays.

You will be continually assessed in your work placement through direct observations of your skills in practice and placement reports.

Functional Skills and GCSEs will be assessed by portfolio and online assessment.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will need to wear flat shoes and smart trousers to your placement, along with a placement top that you can buy from the College.

You also need pens, paper and ring folders and to pay for your DBS check.

There may also be educational visits across the year which involve a payment.

What can I do after this course?

Further study
This course provides a direct route to the Foundation Degree in Children’s and Young People’s Services which is delivered at Derby College in partnership with the University of Derby. The Foundation Degree gives you the opportunity to specialise in a Teaching Assistant or Early Years pathway. You could also consider the Foundation Degree in SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities).
After gaining this Diploma, you will be qualified to work with children within a school environment.


This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

About the Roundhouse »

Harli-Marie Richards

Harli-Marie Richards

Exploring the rewards of a childcare career

Taking children to see piglets and new-born lambs is all part of a day’s work for nursery practitioner Harli-Marie Richards. Having completed her childcare apprenticeship, Harli-Marie was taken on permanently by Derby College’s Little Explorers nursery at Broomfield Hall campus.

Before embarking on her apprenticeship, Harli-Marie took A-levels but had no interest in university. She spotted the nursery opportunity and hasn’t looked back since. She worked towards an advanced NVQ qualification while undertaking on-the-job training.

It’s a great job and I love the fact that the children are free to enjoy the outdoor space. Little Explorers is special and I can’t imagine any other nursery quite like ours. I definitely see my longterm career in nursery care – and I applied straight away when a permanent role became available at Little Explorers.
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