Supporting Teaching and Learning Distance Learning - Level 3 Certificate

Online/Distance Learning

Course Summary

Distance learning courses enable you to boost your career with a nationally recognised qualification even if you don’t have the time to attend training sessions. You will work your way through the qualification at your own pace, achieving within approximately three months.

Within every educational institution, a large part of the workforce is made up of staff who support the teaching and learning of students. The presence and specific expertise of support staff are highly valued by teachers and students alike, both enhancing the learning experience for pupils and reinforcing the work of educators.

Ideal for anyone currently working within a school or educational environment, this qualification focuses on providing you with the key information needed to effectively support teaching staff throughout an educational institution, including understanding the development of children and young people, how to promote positive behaviour, supporting learning activities and ensuring the well-being and safety of students.


  • Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support in Teaching and Learning NVQ

Entry requirements

  • You must have a minimum of Level 2 Literacy and maths

  • You will need to be working or have a placement within an educational institution as an important part of the assessment process requires a teacher to complete competency elements and observations.

Course content

Unit 1: Understand child and young person development: Providing you with an understanding of the expected pattern of development for children and young people from birth to 19 years of age, the factors that influence children and young people’s development and how these affect practice.

Unit 2: Understand how to safeguard the well-being of children and young people: Recognise the main legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for the safeguarding of children and young people, as well as the importance of working in partnership with other organisations to safeguard children and young people. You will also understand the importance of ensuring children and young people’s safety and protection in the work setting, how to respond to evidence or concerns that a child or young person has been abused, harmed or bullied, how to work with children and young people to support their safety and wellbeing and the importance of e-safety for children and young people.

Unit 3: Support children and young people’s health & safety: How to plan and provide environments and services that support children and young people’s safety, how to recognise and manage risks to health, safety and security in a work setting or offsite visits, as well as how to support children and young people to assess and manage risks for themselves and the appropriate responses to accidents, incidents emergencies and illness in work settings and off site visits.

Unit 4: Engage in personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings: The requirements for competence in your work role as well as the ability to reflect on your own practice and evaluate your own performance. This unit will also provide you with the ability to agree a personal development plan and use learning opportunities and reflective practice to contribute to personal development.

Unit 5: Support learning activities: How to contribute to prepare, plan and support learning activities, observe and report on learner participation and progress, contribute to the evaluation of learning activities and evaluate your own practice in relation to supporting literacy, numeracy and ICT.

Unit 6: Promote children and young people’s positive behaviour: Understand policies and procedures for promoting children and young people’s positive behaviour. It will also provide you with the ability to promote positive behaviour, manage inappropriate behaviour, respond to challenging behaviour and contribute to reviews of behaviour and behaviour policies.

Unit 7: Develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults: Develop professional relationships with children and young people, communicate with children and young people, develop professional relationships with adults, support children and young people in developing relationships and comply with policies and procedures for confidentiality, sharing information and data protection


Unit 8: Promote equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people: This unit will provide you with the ability to promote equality and diversity in work with children and young people and support inclusion and inclusive practices in work with children and young people. This unit will also provide you with an understanding of the impact of prejudice and discrimination on children and young people.

Unit 9: Support assessment for learning: The purpose and characteristics of assessment for learning. It will also provide you with the ability to use assessment strategies to promote learning, support learners in reviewing their learning strategies and achievements and contribute to reviewing assessment for learning.

Unit 10: Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults: The principles of developing positive relationships with children, young people and adults, how to communicate with children young people and adults and the legislation, policies and procedures for confidentiality and sharing information, including data protection.

Unit 11: Schools as organisations: How schools are organised in terms of roles and responsibilities, school ethos, mission, aims and values, the purpose of school policies and procedures and wider context in which schools operate. This unit will also provide you with knowledge on the structure of education from early years to post- compulsory education and the legislation affecting schools.

Timings and Assessments

  • Approximately 6 - 9 months.

  • Start anytime

  • You will work mainly on-line and will be required to complete a series of tasks and activities designed to reinforce the learning process and test your knowledge; two units include work place assessment. Your on-line learning account also includes an electronic copy of your workbook. As you work through the learning material, you will answer questions which allows you to complete a portfolio of evidence. These are then submitted to your trainer for marking. Your trainer will agree the deadlines for the submission of your assessments during your induction.

Costs and Resources

  • £1,600

  • The fees for this course can be covered by the Advanced Learner Loan where the Government covers the course fees. The fees are then only repaid on completion and when your salary reaches £25,000. If you don’t earn £25,000, the fees are written off after 30 years. More information can be found here:

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