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Qualification Purpose 

The TQUK Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools (RQF) to develop the knowledge and competence of learning support staff whose working role is in a specialist area and/or across a varied range of responsibilities. Learners will be working under the direction of a teacher who has overall responsibility for teaching and learning in the classroom. They will contribute to planning, implementing and evaluating learning activities and will work alongside the teacher to support whole class activities, as well as working on their own with individual, or groups of, pupils. Job titles may include: 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.

The TQUK Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools (RQF) can be used as the combined knowledge and competence component of the Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools.


Successful learners can progress to employment within primary, special and secondary schools in both the state and independent sectors where there are opportunities to take on a wider range of responsibilities or to move into other roles across the wider children’s workforce e.g. child care, play work or youth work. Specialist roles may be applicable, dependent on the specialist optional units taken.

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Developing the knowledge and competence of learning support staff
Training Qualifications UK Platinum Approved Centre

Awarding Body: Training Qualifications UK (TQUK)
Qualification Number: 601/4423/3

TQUK are an Ofqual regulated Awarding Organisation. This guarantees that all of their qualifications conform to a high standard.


Study Hours

Approximate study period for this qualification is 232 hours.


  • Complete written assessment activities
  • Undertake a risk assessment
  • Produce a report
  • Be observed a minimum of four times
  • Have an Expert Witness complete four testimonies regarding your work and competencies.

Course duration

The course has a 12 month expiry and you must complete within this time. Most learners will complete this qualification in 5-6 months although it can be completed quicker.

Course Type

This is a distance learning course. You will not be required to attend a training centre to complete this qualification.

You will be provided with a named tutor who will be available by telephone, email or online chat to assist you when required. Your tutor will mark your assessments and provide feedback within 72 hours.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements however learners should have a minimum of level two in literacy and numeracy or equivalent.

The qualification is suitable for learners of 16 years of age and above.

All-Inclusive prices

Our prices include everything you need to pass the award. This includes your tutor support, assessment and certification. We believe there should be no hidden surprises at the end of the course!

Course Content

Unit No: 1

Communication and Professional Relationships with Children and Young People

Unit No: 2

Schools as Organisations

Unit No: 3

Engage in Personal Development in Health, Social Care or Children’s and Young People’s Settings

Unit No: 4

Promote Children and Young People’s Positive Behaviour

Unit No: 5

Support Children and Young People's Health and Safety

Unit No: 6

Develop Professional Relationships with Children, Young People and Adults

Unit No: 7

Promote Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Work with Children and Young People

Unit No: 8

Support children and young people to achieve their education potential

Unit No: 9

Support children and young people to make positive changes in their lives

Unit No: 10

Facilitate the learning and development of children and young people through mentoring


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