The Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools (RQF) is a UK OFQUAL accredited 100% online, competency-based Teaching Assistant (TA) qualification. This course is aimed at those members of the school workforce who directly support pupils’ teaching and learning. This qualification provides the knowledge, understanding and skills of all aspects of specialist support needed to support learning alongside the teacher, bilingual and special needs support, personal development, and reflective practice.
This Level 3 Diploma is for those who wish to become a teaching assistant or those working in primary, secondary or special schools as teaching assistants, as Learning Support Assistants, as SEN Teaching Assistants, in Early Years Setting, as Learning Mentors, as Intervention and Pastoral Support Assistants etc.
Duration and Delivery
This Level 3 Teaching Assistant qualification is designed to be completed online at the pace that suits you the best. This Level 3 course can be completed in as little as 8 weeks up to 12 months for you to become a qualified teaching assistant. You have a great opportunity of fast-track completion earlier at the pace and time of your choice. The OFQUAL Regulated Specialist Support for Teaching & Learning in Schools Level 3 qualification is delivered through our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Our online tutor support is there to facilitate you to achieve your success rate accordingly.
Assessment and Verification
All units within this OFQUAL Regulated Level 3 qualification are internally assessed by our qualified assessors and externally verified by the awarding organisation. The assessment takes the form of written assignments, detailed guidance for which will be provided by the tutor and witness testimony signed by your supervisor at your workplace. You will receive support once you are enrolled on our online portal to assist you in reaching your goals.
This is a thorough qualification of Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support in Teaching and Learning in Schools, which helps learner enhance their career profile. Successful completion of this 100% accredited online course enables learners to proceed to the following qualifications:
- Focus Awards Level 4 Certificate for Higher Level Teaching Assistants (RQF)
- Focus Awards Level 3 Award in Education and Training (RQF)
- Focus Awards Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training (RQF)
Unit 1: Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
Unit 2: Schools as organisations
Unit 3: Support learning activities
Unit 4: Promote children and young people’s positive behaviour
Unit 5: Develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults
Unit 6: Promote equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people
Unit 7: Support assessment for learning
Unit 8: Engage in personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s setting
Unit 9: Support children and young people’s Health and Safety
Unit 10: Understand child and young person development
Unit 11: Understand how to safeguard the well-being of children and young people
Unit 12: Support bilingual learners
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
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How will I be assessed?
This Level 3 Diploma is suitable for anyone working in a Teaching Assistant or Learning Support Assistant role that supports pupils’ learning in primary, secondary or special schools.
The Diploma requires 44 credits. Credits from the Award and Certificate can be carried over (if a learner already has these qualifications)and counted towards the Diploma.
Our courses are OFQUAL approved as we work with an approved awarding organisation called “Focus Awards”. This is a well-respected awarding organisation for education and training courses. This is the confirmation of their status-https://register.ofqual.gov.uk/Detail/Index/1391?category=organisations&query=focus%20awards.
This course is for anyone who is looking to start a career as:
- Senior Teaching Assistant
- Senior Special Education Needs Teaching Assistant
This course will open doors to your new career as a teaching assistant working with children in a school environment.
There is no fixed time frame for completion. Learners can complete this qualification as a fast-track option within 8 weeks up to 12 months.
Witness testimonies are classed as “supporting” evidence and provide additional information in the form of a statement of authentication from an occupationally competent individual who verifies all relevant details of a learner’s workplace activities and validates that the learner can conduct a skill or task. In some instances, the course requires the learner to demonstrate certain skills such as “Positive working relationships” or “motivate and support children and young people’s positive behaviour”, all of which are very difficult to prove using documentary evidence alone. Hence, an expert witness is tasked with providing a written record of learner’s performance at the workplace, precisely describing the activity undertaken against targeted assessment criteria confirming if these have been followed in the work setting. Witness testimonies are compulsory in certain units and this will be clearly stated in the relevant Assignment Guide. Moreover, it is to be noted that you will need to write a reflective account as well along with providing the witness testimony.
A reflective account is the supporting written evidence/ learner’s statement that indicates how the learner performed/performs the activity testified by the workplace supervisor, what went well and what did not, what you learnt and what you should have done. You also mention what strategies you will adapt for improvement. Please note that there is no separate document for writing a reflective account. Reflective account/learner’s statement is given in the same Submission Cover Sheet (Assessment Brief document).
Firstly, a witness statement is a source of evidence and does not confirm the achievement of assessment criteria or confer an assessment decision. For that purpose, the assessor needs to:
- consider all the information in the witness statement
- note the relevant professional skills of the witness to make a judgement of performance
- review the supporting written evidence/reflective account when making an assessment decision.
- be convinced that the evidence presented in the witness statement is valid, sufficient and authentic.
Moreover, if the supervisor has not witnessed you performing some of the targeted assessment criteria in your undertaken activities, the assessor will have to conduct an observation directly observing your activity to confirm the fulfillment of the remaining assessment criteria.
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