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Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Award Level 3 RQF

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Qualification Title: TQUK Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (RQF).

Qualification Number: 601/2728/4

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Level 3 / TQUK / PI125

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Course introduction

NCC has produced this course for the Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (RQF). You may well be setting out to work or are already working in school as a teaching assistant.

This course has been written for people who are working, or planning to work, in any type of educational setting, whether this is primary, middle, or secondary school.

You may find yourself referred to under the general title of 'teaching assistant' within your school, but you may also be called a classroom assistant, school assistant, individual support assistant, special needs assistant, or learning support assistant.

These different job titles have come into effect due to the different types of work which assistants are required to do within the classroom. These reflect the job roles which are now present in schools for learning support staff.

As you work towards this qualification, you will be developing your skills and expertise in a number of areas, and you will need to think about how the theory fits in with your experiences in the classroom. As you gain experience and expertise in your work with children and young people, you may also find it a useful reference.

The Level 3 Award is made up of a number of different units of assessment which sit within the RQF (Regulated Qualifications Framework).

When you complete a unit successfully, you will gain a certain number of credits. A credit is based on how long an average learner would take to complete a unit, and one credit is roughly equal to 10 hours of learning.

If you subsequently wanted to progress to the Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools, the four units in this course count towards that qualification, so that you will not then be required to retake these particular units. 

Recommended Reading:

Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools, (Burnham and Baker)

Qualification Title: TQUK Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (RQF)
Qualification Number: 601/2728/4
Total Credits: 12

Required knowledge

No previous knowledge is necessary to study this programme.


This course is knowledge based, and so does not require any hands on experience or work placement within a school.

There are four units requiring a range of responses, including descriptive answers.

You should start by familiarising yourself with the course, its content, and its requirements and consider how you will meet these.  You should also think how you will structure your time to enable you to complete it. 

When working through a unit, you should first read through it fully, ignoring references to questions that you find in the text at this stage.  When you have done this, you should go back to the beginning of the unit once more, read through the text, and this time answer the referenced questions as you encounter them.

Awarding organisation

Training Qualifications UK are one of the newest, most dynamic awarding organisations in the industry, seeking to bring a fresh approach and excellent service to training providers, colleges and learners. TQUK qualifications are designed by leading professionals and delivered to centres and learners with integrity and compliance in mind. TQUK have rigorous quality assurance controls and procedures in place and are committed to maintaining the highest standards of customer service, qualification delivery and assessment.

TQUK are fully approved as an awarding organisation by Ofqual and award RQF courses in a number of sectors. RQF courses have various credits values which can be applied to the National Credit Transfer System. TQUK accredit courses which are developed by industry experts and work hand in hand with organisations ensuring the calibre and worth of courses provided.

Course modules

  • Unit 1: Understand Children's and Young People's Development
  • Unit 2: Understand How to Safeguard the Wellbeing of Children and Young People
  • Unit 3: Communication and Professional Relationships with Children, Young People, and Adults
  • Unit 4: Schools as Organisations

Learner support

The course is designed for study by distance learning at work or at home. Students receive course material, assignments and 12 month tutor support by mail and email. You can start at any time and plan your studies over a period of up to one year from the time of enrolment.


What is distance learning?

Distance learning is the most flexible and convenient approach to studying. There is no need for you to attend college and, therefore, you can study anytime, any place, anywhere that fits in with your lifestyle. Distance learning programmes are ideal for people who may have a full-time job, or other commitments, that won’t allow them time off to study.

What do I need to do to get started on a course?

You'll need to be able to commit the required time to your studies. We recommend that you choose a course you think will interest you, and help you to achieve your ambitions. If you would like some advice, or further information, please call our helpline free on 0333 3445 690.

To purchase a course, simply click on the ‘Buy now’ button against your chosen course and follow the on screen instructions. Alternatively if you would prefer to purchase the course over the phone, call 0333 3445 690 and speak to one of our expert course advisors.

How does the distance learning/home study method work?

The course operates through a study pack and access to your own personal tutor. Once you have chosen your course we will send you your study pack, which you will be required to work through before completing the course.

Depending on the course you have chosen, you will either be required to complete assignments and submit these for marking as the course progresses and/or be required to sit an end exam. The end exam could be in the form of multiple choice questions, or be an invigilated exam at a registered test centre.

Your completed assignments will need to be sent to your tutor for marking/assessment, you will then receive written feedback and guidance. It may be possible to submit your assignments by email, however you will need to check this with your tutor. Please be aware that your assignments will be maintained by NCCHL for moderation and audit purposes.

These requirements will always be listed on the course description page, so please refer to this for details of what is required for each individual course.

How long should it take to complete a course?

Depending on the course you have chosen, and the amount of time you can commit, it could take from 6 weeks to 12 months to complete your course.

The duration of the course is largely down to you though. The beauty of home learning is that it allows you complete flexibility to fit your studies around your lifestyle and other commitments. You can dedicate as much, or as little, time as you want to your studies - no one will be chasing you for your work or asking why you haven’t submitted an assignment.

We do strongly recommend, though, that before you purchase a course you assess your ability to commit the necessary time to completing the course in a timeframe that will not leave you losing your motivation.

How quickly will I receive my course material?

We guarantee that you will receive your course materials within 5 days of purchase, but for many courses we would anticipate that you will have to wait no more than 48 hours.

The course materials are always sent to you via a tracked courier service, to ensure that you receive your study pack within our stated period.

How much will it cost?

The cost is largely dependent on the type of the course. The longer the course is the higher the cost will be, due to the size of the study pack and the nature of the qualification.

All prices are clearly stated on the course description page and will always be displayed prior to you committing to purchase a course.

Please note that there may be additional fees required should your course have an external assessment, such as A Levels, ICB qualifications etc. To clarify, please speak to a course advisor.

What support will I receive?

You will be allocated your own personal tutor who can be contacted via e-mail, telephone, fax or post for help and advice on any aspect of the course.

Many courses require that you submit work to your tutor during the period of study and your tutor will assess your work and pass comments back to you. Your tutor is available to you as much as you need them.

Please be aware that officially the tutor support provided with the course is for a period of 12 months, although if you need longer let us know and we’ll endeavour to extend that.

Will I have to sit an examination?

All of our courses are accredited, so you need to show that you have acquired the knowledge to pass the course – this may involve sitting an examination, but it depends on the course you have chosen.

Some courses require you to be continually assessed throughout the course, while others may require an end of course exam or assignment (which may be completed at home) to be submitted to your tutor.

Certain types of qualifications, A-levels and GCSEs for example, do require you to sit an invigilated exams at a registered test centre. You will need to organise and pay for the examinations yourself, however full details of what you need to do will be available from the centre who are delivering the qualification.

If in doubt, please email ‘’, NCC can then discuss or put you in touch directly with the course provider.

Can I study from outside the UK?

Yes, there are no geographical limits to where you can study.

You just need to be aware that all tutors are based in the UK and work may need to be submitted to them via post, although in most cases e-mail can be used.

Where the course requires that you sit an invigilated exam at a test centre, there are many exam centres outside of the UK. However, we would advise that you check with us before purchasing one of these courses if you want to study from abroad.

Will I receive a qualification when I complete the course?

All of our courses are accredited and you will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course.

For more information about this please see the section of the website that details how awarding bodies work and what the different types of qualifications are.

Can I take more than one course at a time?

Yes, you can take as many courses as your time allows. But we would recommend that you clearly evaluate how much time you can commit to your courses of study.

The good news is though that if your circumstances change you can always take a break and come back to your studies.

Additionally, discounts are available if you buy more than one course at the same time.

How long will it take for my work to be marked by my tutor?

Your work will be marked and feedback returned to you within 12 working days after submission. This is because our tutors are required to provide detailed, considered feedback to our learners that may take a while to formulate. We find that by working this way, our learners actually complete their course in less time, as they rarely need to submit an assignment more than twice.

Whilst it is possible to submit multiple assignments at the same time, we advise that our learners submit only one at a time. We want our learners to develop as they progress through their course, and find this is best achieved when a student embarks on a new module having taken into account tutor feedback from the previous submission.

Do I need any additional books or equipment to do my course?

No, we provide everything you need to pass your course.

How do I enrol?

Once you have chosen your course, you can either purchase the course online which will enrol you, or you can call our helpline on 0333 3445 690 who will sign you up for the course and arrange to have all your learning materials sent to you.

What if I’ve chosen the wrong course?

If, after receiving the course, you decide it isn’t the right course for you, you can simply return the goods within 14 days and we will send your money back in full for the majority of courses (excluding postage and packaging) or you can choose another course that you feel would suit your needs and ambitions better.

What is the difference between the online and paper versions of courses?

Our online courses are completed through our online learning system after receiving login and access instructions. You will not receive any course materials through the post. The paper based version is posted out in a binder to your home or place of work and requires completion of a portfolio of work that is submitted to your tutor for marking.

Where can I find your Equality and Diversity Policy?

All NCC policies and procedures can be provided on request from NCC directly by emailing or calling 0333 3445 690.

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Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Award Level 3 RQF

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“Brilliant course, well worth the money”

A very interesting and helpful course, well worth doing and the fact that you don't have to be already working in a school environment and can do 50 hours experience in a school I found brilliant for me as a full time mum and that the course fits around me and the feed back on assignments was so help a brilliant course well worth the money.

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“They give really helpful feedback”

I found this a great way to study at my own pace with a tutor at hand to help as needed. The marking system is great as they give really helpful feedback. I found the price very competitive and received course very quickly.

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I've had a great experience using NCC Home Learning. The initial enrolling part was really quick, I've had great communication via email when I've needed support and the unit feedback from my tutor is excellent. Would recommend!!!


M Byrne

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I have been very happy and impressed with the NCC home learning course. I have been dealing with Lucy O'Donoghue and Sally Swift, both have been very helpful, both respond very quickly to my e mails, whether that be confirming they've received my work, to supporting me in my course.
The coursework itself seemed a little repetitive at times, but apart from that would highly recommend, it has taught me a lot and has given me that vital first step in a career working within a school.


M Byrne

“Enjoyed studying and Learning!”

I have recently completed study to gain the Supporting Teaching and Learning Level 3. I found the tutor from NCC to be very supportive, friendly and efficient in replying to my many queries!

I would recommend NCC to anyone wanting to change their chosen field or begin a new career after their children have started school. Even with two small boys to look after, I found the time to complete the course in 8 months!

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This course has helped me to re-enter the workforce and has developed my understanding of my role as a teaching assistant.

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Juliette's feedback was very comprehensive and she was swift in returning the assessment units once submitted to her. Overall, I am pleased with studying with NCC and in the future if I decide to study another course it will most certainly be with NCC!

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I found the Senior Customer Service Advisor, Sally Swift, extremely helpful and pleasant during my studies. She really went the 'extra mile' to assist with any queries, particularly when I requested to transfer to a different course.

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I would definitely recommend and use NCC Home Learning again!!

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I found the support met my needs when studying, and that my tutor and customer service advisor (Sally Swift) were both very vigilant with getting back to me with any queries or concerns I might have had regarding the course.

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