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

This course is suitable for those who currently work or volunteer in a role where they support teachers and pupils in their learning within a school environment. This course will allow you to gain a formal qualification which will allow you to develop and demonstrate your skills and knowledge.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

There are two pathways in which you can study this course, workplace learning route and a classroom based learning route.

Classroom Based Learning Route

The classroom based learning route will start in September, taking one academic year (9 months) to complete. It is classroom based delivery and delivered one day per week in College, 9.30am - 3.00pm.

Workplace Learning Route

The workplace learning route has start dates in September, January and April. You will need to attend one workshop in College every two weeks over a 20-week period. There is an option to undertake the workshop either during the day, on a Wednesday, 10.00am - 12.00noon or a Tuesday evening, 6.00pm - 8.00pm.

You will have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience through completing a work placement. In addition, you may already be employed within a teaching assistant role.

What will I study?

You will develop the theoretical understanding gained from a range of mandatory and optional units, including:

Mandatory units:

  • Support learning activities
  • Develop professional relationships
  • Support assessment for learning
  • Promote positive behaviour
  • Understand child and young person development
  • Understand how to safeguard the wellbeing of children and young people

Optional units:

  • Support children with communication and interaction needs
  • Support learners with cognition and learning needs
  • Support learners with sensory or physical needs

How is it assessed?

In terms of assessment, you will be fully supported by your tutor during delivery sessions. You will link the theory that has been taught on the course to your practical work in the form of case studies, activities, reflective logs, diaries and practice files.

In the workplace learning route assessors will observe you in your placement throughout the course.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

No formal qualifications are necessary, although you may find having a relevant level 2 qualification as well as a good standard of English and maths beneficial.

What are the course fees?

If you are aged 19+ you could also choose to apply for a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan to cover your course fees enabling you to study now, pay later. Loan eligibility isn't dependent on income or employment status and there is no credit check. Loan repayments don't start until you have finished your course and earn over £25,000 per year.

For more information on the Advanced Learner Loan, please click here.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Successful completion of this course will allow you to progress onto the HLTA status, increasing your employability and credibility in the workplace. You will also be able to progress onto foundation degrees. You could also choose to stay at University Centre St Helens to undertake the foundation degree in Early Years Practice.

I'm interested in this course, what do I do next?

If you would like any further information in relation to this course, please contact our enquiries team directly on 0800 99 66 99 or email enquire @ sthelens.ac.uk or drop into our next Enrolment and Information Event. Alternatively, submit an application form to secure a place.

Ref: Marie Sephton



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Work Experience

Gain valuable work experience within childcare settings such as nurseries and schools. 

Enrichment Activities

Get involved in community initiatives and activities to boost your CV and university application. 

Experienced Tutors

Lecturers and tutors have industry experience and a passion for the subjects they teach.


Our excellent progression routes can lead to an apprenticeship, university or employment.

Industry Links

We have excellent links with local primary schools and childcare providers.

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