Teaching Assistants Level 3 Diploma

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Gain the qualifications needed to become a teaching assistant in a primary, secondary or special needs school with the Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Level 3 Diploma.

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

If you wish to apply for the part-time Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Level 2 programme that will begin in January, interviews will commence in September.

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.

What I'll learn

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


How I'll learn

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


How I'll be assessed

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 2 days a week. You can find out more about this when you apply.


Entry Requirements

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

Mature students without these grades will be assessed at the discretion of the tutor.


How to Apply

You can apply for this programme online. Click on APPLY NOW and follow the steps below:

  • Register for our online service and verify your account
  • Log in to our website and click APPLY NOW on your chosen programme’s page to complete your application

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example, because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs). 
Please include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.

Printed application forms are also available.

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.