Teaching Assistants


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

What does the qualification cover?

This qualification provides an in-depth understanding of the knowledge and skills required when working directly with children or young people in primary, secondary or special schools.

It covers all aspects of Specialist Support including planning, delivering, and reviewing assessment strategies to support learning alongside the teacher, bilingual and special needs support and personal development and reflective practice. It is also a must have for all those undertaking the Level 3 Supporting Teaching and Learning Apprenticeship.


Who is it suitable for?

Anyone working in roles that offer specialist support for pupils’ learning.


What are the entry requirements?

You should be at least 16 years old. For apprenticeship learners you will need to be working 30 hours a week, have right to remain in the UK,and have been resident in the UK for a minimum of 3 years. All Jam Training learners are required to undertake a basic skills assessment.



How is it assessed?

It will be assessed by your tutor or assessor using a range of methods. This could include direct observation in the workplace, a portfolio of evidence, written assignments.


Do you need to be working to take the qualification?

Yes, you will need to be working, volunteering or on practical placement as you need to show competence in both knowledge and skills.


How long does it take to complete?

You can usually complete it in a year.