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Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools Level 3 Diploma RQF

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Qualification Name: TQUK Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools (RQF).
Qualification Number: 601/4423/3
Total Credits: 44
UCAS Points: 24

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Course introduction

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The primary purpose of this qualification is to develop and confirm your occupational knowledge, competence and skills when working in a job role in a specialist area and/or across a varied range of responsibilities under the direction of a teacher who has overall responsibility for teaching and learning in a classroom.

The TQUK Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools leads to the full RQF qualification and provides progression into employment. Learners may also progress to achieve HLTA status. The course provides you with the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding to enable you to work as teaching assistant; classroom assistant; learning support assistant; additional needs assistant; pastoral/welfare support assistant; bilingual support assistant; foundation stage assistant; learning guide; learning coach; induction mentor; team leader.

Please Note: a work placement of at least 50 hours is required to complete this option. This workplace MUST be in a school setting. This can either be a primary, secondary or special school, however you MUST also ensure that the pupils you work with are aged 5+ and are studying at Key Stage 1 or above.

As part of this work placement you must first ensure that a member of staff with occupational competence is able to provide supervision, prepare and sign the witness testimonies, to prove you have achieved the work based learning outcomes of this course. 

The course is designed for study by distance learning at work and at home. Students receive course manual, assignments and 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. In addition, students of this qualification will need to arrange and undertake a work placement of a minimum of 50 hours during their course.

Although unit titles vary slightly the course follows the syllabus set by TQUK for this national qualification. Assessment is through the production of a portfolio of evidence and candidates can choose appropriate forms of evidence for each assessment criteria, but will include written description of knowledge, witness testimonies, observation reports, professional discussion records and similar.

Qualification Title: TQUK Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools (RQF)
Qualification Number: 601/4423/3
Total Credits: 44

UCAS Points: 24

Required knowledge

The good news is that there is no previous knowledge required to complete this course.

This course is designed for those already employed or on a placement within a school setting and as such will assume that the learner is already working in this environment.


This programme is fully assessed via tutor marked assignments. Upon completion of each module the learner will be required to complete a series of tasks, requiring essay style answers, which are sent to the tutor for marking. Observation of certain tasks by a competent person (manager) will also be required.

Upon completion of all the course assignments the work is then subject to internal and external moderation to ensure consistency, fairness and that all standards have been properly applied and met.

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: Support Children’s and Young People's Health and Safety
Unit 4: Engage in personal development in children & young people’s settings
Unit 5: Support learning activities
Unit 6: Promote children’s and young people’s positive behaviour
Unit 7: Develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults
Unit 8: Promote equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people
Unit 9: Support assessment for learning
Unit 10: Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
Unit 11: Schools as organisations
Unit 12: Support children’s speech, language and communication
Unit 13: Support disabled children and young people and those with special educational needs
Unit 14: Support children and young people with behaviour, emotional and social development needs

Learner support

The course is designed for study by distance learning at work and at home. Students receive course manual, assignments and 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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Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools Level 3 Diploma RQF

M Byrne

“Great Specialist support in Teaching…”

Great Specialist support in Teaching and Learning Diploma Level 3 course, lots of information, detailed feedback from the tutor.

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M Byrne

“TQUK Specialist Support for Teaching & Learning in Schools Level 3 Diploma RQF”

Very supportive advisor when I rang to find out if there were any hidden charges for the course I had chosen (there is not). I found NCC to offer the course for the best price using discount codes offered, and the ability to do online learning. I will review the course once complete.


M Byrne

“Brilliant so far”

Customer service were excellent at answering my calls and emails, very quickly. All paper documents were received within 3 days. Very easy and simple to use. Looking forward in receiving my feedback from my own tutor.

Rachel Ely,

M Byrne

“Specialist Support for Teaching & Learning in Schools Diploma”

I spent some time researching which online course provider to choose and I am very happy that I chose NCC Home Learning! The website was easy to use and registration very straightforward. The course was good value for money and the materials arrived promptly. Once I had overcome my anxiety about submitting my first course unit, my tutor was very quick to mark my work and gave me lots of useful and positive feedback. I would definitely recommend NCC to others.

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I've just enrolled and so far everyone has been super helpful. I can't wait for my assignments to arrive so I can get started.

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Easy enrolment process, managed to sign up for a low monthly fee and low deposit. Customer services through Facebook were a great help at answering my questions. Looking forward to getting started!

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M Byrne

“Excellent online course”

I have started my home learning, in January. I am about to submit my first coursework. NCC staff are very supportive and ensure they do everything to the best of their ability to answer my queries. The online course material are easily accessible. I have already recommended it to a few of my colleagues and l will certainly recommend it to others. Thank you NCC Staff for making it possible for me to do TA course.

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