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Teaching Assistants Level 3 Diploma

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Key information

Qualification type

Professional Course

Course code



Level 3


1 year


Kings Road,
Reading, RG1 4HJ

Start date

Sep 2021

New and returning learners:

Please note that due to special measures we have put in place to make our sites COVID safe, we are asking all learners to enrol with us online. If you are unable to do so we can support you over the phone, simply call 0800 612 6008. Please do not enter our college sites without a prior appointment as we are managing the number of people on site at any time to comply with social distancing measures.

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If you're 19+, you can 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 aged 19-years-old or over who wants to become a teaching assistant in primary, secondary or special needs school, or who is working in a role that supports pupils’ learning. This qualification provides learners with an understanding of the knowledge needed when working directly with children and young people in a school or college environment.

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.

Roles you can progress to upon completion of this course:

  • Primary School Teaching Assistant Level 2 and Level 3
  • Secondary School Teaching Assistant Level 2 and Level 3
  • Child Protection Officer
  • Special Needs Co-ordinator
  • Play co-ordinator in a hospital

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

As learners need to show competence in both skills and knowledge, they will need to be working or be on a practical placement during the taught programme of study in a learning environment .

We recommend that the learner undertakes 100 hours of placement in a real work environment.


How I'll be assessed

You are assessed by your tutor or assessor using a range of methods.

  • 97% or more attendance rate (for college AND placement)
  • punctuality 
  • maintain confidentiality
  • work experience in a primary school 
  • presentations
  • group work

Assessment can 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.


My favourite part of working at Activate Learning is the opportunity for Continued Professional Development.  

Soumaya Arfa

Entry Requirements

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

You must 19-years-old or over.

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.