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Teaching Assistant Diploma

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This QLS Level 3 Teaching Assistant Course is designed for students who are currently working with or want to work in an educational setting as a teaching assistant. It will equip you with a broad base of skills and knowledge, a perfect basis for progressing your career in the classroom.

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Level 3 / Quality Licence Scheme / PI221

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Course introduction

Eligible for an NUS TOTUM Student card with this course.

Teaching assistants are an integral part of the learning environment, carrying out a range of learning and practical tasks, as well as some administrative duties too. They help with the supervision and support of children and young people’s learning, including social development.

Their presence in the classroom promotes effective learning and teaching. Working under the guidance and supervision of their teaching colleague, teaching assistants strengthen the development and well-being of children.

The teaching assistant contributes to four main areas – supporting teaching, the pupil, the school and the curriculum. Online teaching assistant courses look to strengthen the skills of a TA in the classroom setting.

You must complete nine modules in order to successfully gain accreditation for this course. Assessment is carried out through a mixture of theoretical and practical tasks.

Why study a QLS Level 3 Teaching Assistant Course online?

Studying from home affords you flexibility – you can complete the QLS level 3 teaching assistant course at your own pace, in your own time and in the format that suits you, either online or via a paper-based course.

Our QLS level 3 course is highly valued and respected within the education sector, as are qualified and skilled TAs. With the successful completion of this diploma, you can work as a TA in a variety of settings.

You may also want to go on and complete specialist related courses such as speech and language courses or special needs awareness courses.

This diploma can also be a stepping stone onto a foundation degree programme.

Required knowledge

The good news is that no prior learning knowledge or experience is essential to take this course This QLS Level 3 Teaching Assistant course is openly available to anyone wishing to learn more about the role of a teaching assistant and would like to take part in a highly rewarding home study course. You have the freedom to start the Teaching Assistant course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 12 months from initial registration, with full tutor support.


There is a mixture of question types requiring a range of responses throughout this QLS Level 3 Teaching Assistant course, including: descriptive answers or the completion of practical activities. If you are currently working with children the activities may be used in support of your particular role, however, if you are not actively working with children at present, you will find that wherever possible the questions are structured to provide you with alternative means of answering them.

After successfully completing the above you will receive the Certificate of Achievement from Quality Licence Scheme.

You may find it profitable to approach the head of one of your local schools, to explain what you are doing and to see whether there are any opportunities for you to gain experience by helping out in the school on a purely voluntary basis.


At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the Quality Licence Scheme. This means that NCC Home Learning has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at QLS Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by NCC Home Learning to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. Quality Licence Scheme endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

The Quality Licence Scheme of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

Our knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables us to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

Course modules


  • Module 1: Provide Support for Learning Activities
  • Module 2: Support Children’s Development
  • Module 3: Help to Keep Children Safe
  • Module 4: Contribute to Positive Relationships
  • Module 5: Provide Effective Support for your Colleagues
  • Module 6: Use Information and Communication Technology to Support Pupil’s Learning
  • Module 7: Support a Child with Disabilities or Special Educational Needs
  • Module 8: Support Children and Young People’s Play
  • Module 9: Provide Displays

Learner support

You will receive the QLS Level 3 Teaching Assistant Course manual, assignments, and study guide. You will receive full personal tutor support by mail and email. Our student support team are also available for any other queries that you may have whilst completing your Teaching Assistant course. You can be assured that support is available for your home study course, so there is no need to struggle or feel isolated during your studies. You have the freedom to start the Teaching Assistant course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 12 months from initial registration.


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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Reviews from learners who completed...

Teaching Assistant Diploma

M Byrne

“Finished Teaching Assistant Diploma Level 3”

Great course would totally recommend it. Looking for another level now.

Katie Wakefield

M Byrne

“Very helpful with information on…”

Very helpful with information on courses available which made it easier to make my decision. Signing up was quick and straightforward, looking forward to starting my course and I know that I will get great support.


M Byrne


Excellent course really enjoying it

Katie Wakefield

M Byrne

“home learning”

Easy to access the course help readily accessible from your tutor or help desk great price for the course and pay monthly if you can't afford to pay in full

Michelle Moreton

M Byrne

“Great way to get qualifications working…”

Great way to get qualifications working at home. Good detailed feedback from tutor which helps with completing your work.

Sarah Ward,

M Byrne

“Just enrolled”

Just enrolled, quick and easy process, finance options available are quick and easy to use, help available at every step if needed and am looking forward to starting my training towards a new career!

Rebecca Bartley,

M Byrne

“Very easy enrolment process and option…”

Very easy enrolment process and option to pay monthly which is very helpful! Looking forward to starting my Level 3 Teaching Assistant qualification with them to be able to progress to working in a primary school!

Kirsty Lovelock,

M Byrne

“I am currently doing my level 3 ta…”

I am currently doing my level 3 TA diploma and autistic awareness course, love the fact I can do it from the comfort of my home whilst also watching my son, I get around the clock support from my tutor for help or advice and I can work whenever i want, I don't have to be on time for lectures or studies just whenever I get a spare hour! So glad I decided to do it.

Nicole Elin Szymura,

M Byrne

“Just finished my Teaching Assistant …”

Just finished my Teaching Assistant course, and I've enjoyed doing it. Everthing was explained well in the folder that I received. Ceri Morgan was always there if I needed support, which I am grateful for. Kerry Steele my tutor gave me great feedback on my modules which helped me with my confidence. Thank you to both of you. I would like to do another course soon, so will be looking.

Samantha Smith,

M Byrne

“Very helpful”

From the beginning I have found all information very helpful and I found all members of staff that I have come across very helpful. I have done other courses online and none have been as helpful or as well explained as this course. Highly recommended.

Keely Sanderson,

M Byrne

“Enjoyed the course!”

I found the course challenging at times but I used the resources I was given and had success. Each module I completed was successful and had none returned for additional work to be done.

I did find that there was quite a gap between each module which for some people would be ideal, for me I would have preferred a shorter period of time. I enjoyed the course and it really stretched my mind and made me think and be creative .

Chryssy Bryan,

M Byrne

“Great Course, great feedback, great tutors”

I was doing the teaching assistant Diploma, it was a great course and I learnt a lot from the course. My tutor was great at getting back to me quickly with my coursework and her comments. I would recommend NCC for home study.


M Byrne

“Second to none”

My overall experience to attain my desired Qualification was second to none; I have enjoyed and will enjoy learning and gaining with NCC Home Learning Courses. Thanks a lot.

Nsar Qadr,

M Byrne


I really enjoyed the learning online, and the teacher was very helpful with any help I needed during my learning.

Eftigieni Hyseni,

M Byrne

“Enjoyable and rewarding”

I found the course challenging at times however very enjoyable and rewarding. The materials were very comprehensive and practical at the same time. I never thought that distance learning could be so motivating. I found the tutor's comments very encouraging and fair and the support from the support staff (Sally Swift) was just excellent. I will highly recommend this course to whoever wishes to go into teaching.

Esmeralda Kraja,

M Byrne

“Great Home Learning Courses”

Both the Teaching Assistant and Higher Level Teaching Assistant Diplomas have been amazing qualifications! NCC really has spent a lot of time, resources and energy in developing some great, preparatory qualifications that have allowed me to enter into education (through the TA Diploma) and further my career (through the HLTA Diploma).

The courses for me were simple to follow and yet detailed enough to give me the required tools and knowledge to prepare myself for entering into education as a Teaching Assistant. From this course, I became a TA at a local school and am furthering myself towards becoming a HLTA (although this Diploma in itself doesn't make someone a HLTA, but prepares them for reaching this).

The TA Diploma not only allowed me to confidently switch careers from catering to education, but also equipped me with enough skills to gain qualifications and attend courses in areas such as Special Educational Needs, First Aid, Speech & Language Therapy and Literacy interventions. this was made possible since the TA Diploma covers enough ground and gives you a good, general understanding of a vast array of areas in education.

Along with these NCC courses, I have had amazing tutor support and have been totally satisfied with their help and advice. Extra tutor support, should you need more time after the initial year-long support included, doesn't cost too much either (6 months extra for me cost £36).

Best of all, each course for me only cost around £350, which is far cheaper than studying for a year at a college. These courses have also given me the flexibility to study whenever and wherever I want, even around my career and home life!

William Windess,

M Byrne

“Really enjoyed the course”

I really enjoyed the course, and found it extremely useful. My only additional comment would be that with the 10 working day marking, you were unable to access the next module which made it difficult to work at speed.

Tracy Scantlebury,

M Byrne

“Chat now was a great help”

The 'chat now' feature on the website was very helpful. I used this system on more than one occasion.

Estelle Summerfield,

M Byrne

“Have recommended”

I have enjoyed completing this course and have recommended it to some of my colleagues.

Gillian Gallant,

M Byrne


I had an amazing time doing this course and will not hesitate to take another course through NCC Home Learning in the near future.

Colleen Peynado,

M Byrne

“Helpful tutor! Thanks!”

Am over the moon I have successfully completed my course, I couldn't have done it without the support of my tutor Allison, who always gave me positive feedbacks and encourage me to achieve my best. Also a big thanks to Sally too who always given me information about my course and all the info I needed to know while doing my course. Thanks! :)

Farhana Akhtar,

M Byrne

“Highly enjoyable”

I have just completed a course with NCC Home Learning and found the whole experience highly enjoyable. I found the feedback from the tutor, after each module, very motivating and left me feeling confident to move on to the following module. Anyone I had contact with throughout my course was extremely friendly and helpful.

Justine Brown,

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