Teaching Assistant Level 3

Time:6.30pm- 9pmDuration:30 weeks
Qualification:Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and LearningAwarding Body:NCFE

About the course

This qualification is aimed at those with experience working in roles that support teaching and learning in schools.  The course provides an understanding of the knowledge and skills needed when working directly with children and young people in school environments.

Topics covered include:

  • Supporting children’s learning
  • Safeguarding
  • Health and safety
  • Inclusion
  • Relationships
  • Behaviour
  • Child development
  • Schools as organisations
  • Assessment for learning
  • Personal development

Entry requirements

This qualification is suitable for learners who have completed the Level 2 qualification or have some experience and an appropriate level of responsibility in a teaching assistant role in a school. Learners should be volunteering or working for a minimum of 8 hours a week over at least 2 days. The application form for this course will need to be signed off by your school’s Headteacher.

Students should have a good standard of English and Maths.

This qualification is not suitable for those working or volunteering solely in a Receptions or EYFS setting.


Assessment is via written work and practical observations. Work is submitted and assessed via an electronic portfolio, which demonstrates how you have met the assessment criteria for the course.

You should expect to complete at least 3 hours of homework per week in addition to class attendance.


Learners will attend weekly lessons in college. This course may incorporate an element of live remote lessons where appropriate.   It is recommended that you have access to a PC, laptop or other suitable device.

There is a set textbook for this course and this is included in the course fee.

Learners also benefit from access to the College library during our evening opening times, including computers, study stations, print-based and electronic learning materials, printers and scanners.


How to apply

If you wish to apply, please call or email us if you have any questions on 01403 216597 or adulted@collyers.ac.uk.



For this course, students may self-fund the course fees or apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.

A £50 non-refundable deposit is payable at the point of booking and the remainder of the course fees are due one week before the course start. Students can apply to pay the balance in two instalments.

Advanced Learner Loans are available for this course. These loans are repayable when you finish your course and earn more than £27,295 per annum.

This course may be free to learners if they:

  • Are 19-23 and do not already hold a level 3 qualification.
  • For further details see our Fees and Funding page.