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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
Total Credits: 12
UCAS Points: 8

This course is part of a nested suite of qualifications that enable the learner to progress from this qualification and utilise the completed units towards the next progression: Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Certificate Level 3 or the Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools Level 3 Diploma RQF. Both of these courses require that the learner has a placement of at least 50 hours within a school setting working with pupils at Key Stage 1 or above.

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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)


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 does NCC stand for?

NCC originally stood for the National Consortium of FE (Further Education) Colleges. This brought together the FE Colleges to achieve the best provision. Regular national meetings were attended by both Colleges and Government agencies who funded them. This was very helpful to them both to best deliver training to their students.

For more than 25 years NCC has supplied FE Colleges with learning materials as well as student marketing.

NCC now specialise in online training of a very high quality to students both self-funded, paid for by schools, employers and training providers.

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 you can study anytime, anyplace, anywhere that fits in with your lifestyle. Distance learning programmes are ideal for people who may have a job, family commitments, or any other commitment that won’t allow them time off to study.

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

Both our online and paper courses are completed via an online learning portal (LMS) which you can access after you receive your login details by email. Please ensure that you check your junk email if you do not receive your login details within 48 hours.

All learners will submit their assignments, receive feedback and correspond with their tutor directly through the LMS. If you require help from our support team, then simply email [email protected].

If you opt for the online course, you will not receive any course materials through the post. Everything is available via the LMS.

If you opt for the paper version, you are simply paying for a study book to be printed and posted to your home, or place of work. You will use this book as a reference guide, but you will still be required to upload your assignments and correspond with your tutor via the LMS.

If you are unable to access our online LMS, we do have alternative options available, so please email [email protected] in order to request further support.

What do I need to do to get started?

We recommend that you choose a course that will interest you and help you to achieve your ambitions. If you would like some advice, or further information, contact us here or dial 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 much will it cost?

The cost largely depends on the type and size of the course. The course cost is determined by the expenses associated with its provision, taking into consideration the course's size and complexity, development costs, the presence of a study materials, and the level of tutor support required. Some courses also necessitate additional in-person assessments by assessors, which incur additional expenses and consequently affect the course's cost.

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 require an external invigilated assessment, such as A Levels, ICB qualifications etc. To clarify, please speak to a course advisor.

How do I enrol?

Once you've chosen your course, you have two options for enrolment:

  1. You can purchase the course online by clicking the "Buy now" button, which will enrol you automatically.
  2. Alternatively, you can call our helpline at 0333 3445 690, and our expert course advisors will assist you in signing up for the course and arrange for the delivery of any requested additional learning materials to your address.

All courses are available to purchase in full or via affordable monthly payments over 12 months. A £29 non-refundable deposit is required for monthly payments, and you will be required to set up a monthly direct debit.

We do not require you to complete a credit check to sign up for monthly payments.

How quickly will I receive my course materials?

We guarantee that you will receive any course materials ordered within 5 working days of registering, but for many of our courses it may take 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 book within our stated period.

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

All the relevant information required to complete your course is available via the LMS. Additional research via the internet is encouraged, depending on the level you are working at, to bolster knowledge of the subject area.

There is no requirement to purchase any additional materials.

What support will I receive?

You will have access to a dedicated personal tutor whom you can contact through the Learning Management System (LMS) for assistance and guidance on any course-related matters. Your tutor will only initiate contact in response to your messages. If you encounter any difficulties reaching your tutor, please don't hesitate to email us at [email protected]

Many courses require you to submit work to your tutor during the period of study, and your tutor will assess your work and provide feedback to you within 10 working days. Your tutor is available to you as much as you need them.

Please note that the course includes tutor support for a duration of 12 months. If you require additional time, please inform us, and we will make every effort to provide you with an option for a paid extension, if feasible, to assist you in completing your course.

Please be aware that our tutors are actively assisting multiple learners, and to ensure they are not inundated with excessive workloads, we have implemented a policy limiting learners to submitting a maximum of three units of work for evaluation at any given time. We recommend that you upload your completed units as you finish them. This way, you can benefit from your tutor's feedback to enhance your future assignment submissions.

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 10 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.

Kindly note that our tutors are currently supporting multiple learners simultaneously. In order to maintain a balanced workload for them, we have established a policy that restricts learners to submitting a maximum of three units of work for evaluation at any given time.

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. Your end of support date is when you need to have your course copmpleted by in order to be able to be certificated, this is usually 12 months from purchase.

The duration of the course is largely down to you. 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.

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 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 [email protected], NCC can then discuss or put you in touch directly with the course provider.

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 that if your circumstances change you can always take a limited break and come back to your studies to save your paid for support.

If you decide to enrol on more than one course at the same time, speak to our enquiries team for any bundle deals or offers.

Can I study from outside the UK?

Certainly, in most instances, there are no geographical constraints on where you can undertake your studies. However, it's important to note that specific courses may be subject to geographical limitations imposed by the Awarding Organisation, and these restrictions will be clearly stated in the course description.

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.

What if I’ve chosen the wrong course?

If, after receiving the course, you decide it isn’t the right course for you, you may return the materials within 14 days, provided you have not yet submitted any coursework for evaluation. Please note that you will be responsible for covering the return shipping costs. We will refund your payment, minus a non-refundable deposit of £29. Additionally, you have the option to select an alternative course that better matches your goals and aspirations.

For any help on cancelling your course please email [email protected], we will only deal with cancellation enquiries via email.

What is a Totum Card?

Totum is the new brand for UK student cards and replaces the old NUS student card. NCC students are eligible to sign-up for the Totum card where applicable, giving access to a multitude of retail, food and travel special discounts. For more information, you can visit their website:

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Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Award Level 3 RQF

M Byrne

“Great customer service speedy reply”

Great customer service speedy reply Financially affordable courses

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M Byrne

“Currently doing my level 3 supporting teaching and learning certificate.”

I can’t recommend NCC enough. It’s definitely self paced, the more hours you put in the faster you’ll be done which I love. I love the tutor responses, very detailed and self explanatory. Ps they run a plagiarism check, so you do need to study properly which I love.

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Great resources, quick feedback and support during my course. Thanks a lot.

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I am currently working through Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Award Level 3 RQF. I have found my tutor very helpful in all aspects of contact made and professional too. I would recommend NCC.

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Fab value for money

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M Byrne

“Just enrolled on a course with NCC”

Just enrolled on a course with NCC, was very easy to do, pay monthly with no credit check is a god send and nationally recognised qualifications! Hope the rest of the course is as good as the information received prior to enrolment and the enrolment process

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Very helpful in the lead up to enrolling. Answer all your questions. The course I'm doing is easy to follow and is very informative. Would recommend

Adele Mcdonagh,

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“Excellent tuition”

Excellent tuition. Would recommend this course to anyone interested. Affordable price


M Byrne

“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.

Natalie Roberts,

M Byrne

“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.

Emma Plumb,

M Byrne

“Would recommend!!!”

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

“Very happy and impressed!”

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!

Sarah Oakley,

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M Byrne

“Helped with my job.”

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

Georgina Dalton,

M Byrne

“Very pleased with NCC”

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!

Sameera Mohmood,

M Byrne

“Sally Swift was very helpful”

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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“Great customer service”

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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