Teaching Assistant Level 3

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


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 click here or call or email us if you have any questions on 01403 216597 or  adulted@collyers.ac.uk.


Students must attend a college induction on the first evening of the course.


A £150 deposit is payable at the point of booking to secure your place on the course.

Advanced Learner Loans are available for this course. These loans are repayable when you finish your course and earn more than the threshold amount which is set by the government. Please see Advanced Learner Loan: Overview – GOV.UK  for more information.

Students may choose to self-fund the course fees. The fee for this course is £1567. Students can apply upon booking to pay the balance in instalments.

Prior to enrolling on any qualification course, please consider carefully if you have the time to commit to this course. If you start a course and do not complete it, or if your attendance rate is low, this might affect your eligibility to join funded courses in the future.

Our qualification courses are government-funded, and it is our responsibility to ensure that the funding is used effectively to help learners progress and develop. We will work with you to ensure that you achieve your personal goals and those of the course.

For further details see our Fees and Funding page.