Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools (Learning for Life)

This course is suitable for students aged 19 and over.

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, classroom based learning route and a workplace 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 flexible start dates. At the beginning of the course you will be assigned a tutor/assessor who will work with you throughout the programme.

This course takes place at St Helens College, Town Centre Campus, St Helens, WA10 1PP.

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

You will study alongside like-minded people in classes delivered by friendly supportive tutors.

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?

Course fees are dependent on your personal circumstances and you may be eligible for funding. For more information on the financial support that may be available, please visit our dedicated Adult Financial support page.

If you are aged 19 or over, you could also choose to apply for a 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, please visit our dedicated Advanced Learner Loan page.

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop into our next Enrolment and Information Event. Alternatively, submit an application form to secure a place.

Ref: Julie Houlton