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

Part Time 19+ Learner Loan available

About the course

This qualification is designed for those working in teaching assistant roles. You will need to have some degree of responsibility through the planning and running of intervention groups or being named pupil support assistant with an input into the named pupil’s IEP and targets.

Once the appropriate units are agreed, assessment can commence. This takes the format of an assessor working with you in the workplace to observe you carrying out your daily tasks. Assessments will contain a mixture of:

  • Observation
  • Questioning
  • Witness statements from colleagues

Your assessor will plan their visits with you in advance and will accommodate your work pattern and activities in order to gather the appropriate evidence.

The qualification takes approximately one year.

Course content

You will be expected to complete the mandatory units from the qualification which are:

  • Engage in personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings.
  • Promote children and young people’s positive behaviour
  • Promote equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people
  • Schools as organisations
  • Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Support assessment for learning
  • Support children and young people’s health and safety
  • Support learning activities
  • Understand child and young person development
  • Understand how to safeguard the wellbeing of children and young people

Then choose from a number of optional units which can include.

  • Provide literacy and numeracy support
  • Support children’s speech, language and communication
  • Support delivery of the 14-19 curriculum
  • Support gifted and talented learners
  • Support disabled children and young people and those with special educational needs
  • Support disabled children and young people and those with special educational needs
  • Improving the attendance of children and young people in statutory education
  • Lead an extra-curricular activity

Entry requirements

  • Have agreement from your employer to allow an assessor to visit you in the workplace
  • Have a minimum of 3 months prior experience in the classroom.
  • Be working a minimum of 15 hours per week
  • Have GCSEs of equivalent in maths and English Language

Where next?



To become an HLTA you need to already be working as a teaching assistant and have support from your head teacher. Schools and local authorities no longer receive government funding to train HLTAs, so you must discuss funding with your school. It is also up to headteachers to approach relevant training providers and organise assessment.

What additional resources will I need?


Fees information

  • The price of this qualification varies depending on your age and experience. Guide price: £2,225 dependent on location
  • The qualification is eligible for the Advanced Learner Loan where the Government covers the course fees and repayments are only made once you are earning £21,000 or more. More details can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan/overview
  • For further career guidance, the National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. This service offers confidential and impartial advice and is supported by qualified careers advisers. https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/Pages/Home.aspx


For further information about this course please contact a member of the Fast Forward Team on 01793 732892 or email: info@fastforward.newcollege.ac.uk