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Focus Awards Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Assistant (Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools) – RQF

£2020 £419 Limited Time Offer
Monthly instalment starts from £49* Click Here
Credits 44
TQT 440
GLH 252
Duration (fast-track) – 8 week
Course Duration – 12 Months
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The Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools (RQF) is a UK OFQUAL accredited 100% online, competency-based Teaching Assistant (TA) qualification. This course is aimed at those members of the school workforce who directly support pupils’ teaching and learning. This qualification provides the knowledge, understanding and skills of all aspects of specialist support needed to support learning alongside the teacher, bilingual and special needs support, personal development, and reflective practice.

Who is it Intended for?

This Level 3 Diploma is for those who wish to become a teaching assistant or those working in primary, secondary or special schools as teaching assistants, as Learning Support Assistants, as SEN Teaching Assistants, in Early Years Setting, as Learning Mentors, as Intervention and Pastoral Support Assistants etc.

Duration and Delivery

This Level 3 Teaching Assistant qualification is designed to be completed online at the pace that suits you the best. This Level 3 course can be completed in as little as 8 weeks up to 12 months for you to become a qualified teaching assistant. You have a great opportunity of fast-track completion earlier at the pace and time of your choice. The OFQUAL Regulated Specialist Support for Teaching & Learning in Schools Level 3 qualification is delivered through our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Our online tutor support is there to facilitate you to achieve your success rate accordingly.

Assessment and Verification

All units within this OFQUAL Regulated Level 3 qualification are internally assessed by our qualified assessors and externally verified by the awarding organisation. The assessment takes the form of written assignments, detailed guidance for which will be provided by the tutor and witness testimony signed by your supervisor at your workplace. You will receive support once you are enrolled on our online portal to assist you in reaching your goals.


This is a thorough qualification of Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support in Teaching and Learning in Schools, which helps learner enhance their career profile. Successful completion of this 100% accredited online course enables learners to proceed to the following qualifications:

Unit Structure

Unit 1: Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults

Unit 2: Schools as organisations

Unit 3: Support learning activities

Unit 4: Promote children and young people’s positive behaviour

Unit 5: Develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults

Unit 6: Promote equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people

Unit 7: Support assessment for learning

Unit 8: Engage in personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s setting

Unit 9: Support children and young people’s Health and Safety

Unit 10: Understand child and young person development

Unit 11: Understand how to safeguard the well-being of children and young people

Unit 12: Support bilingual learners

Unit 13: Support disabled children and young people and those with special educational needs

Unit 14: Support children and young people with behaviour, emotional and social development needs

How we deliver our courses?
Instalment Plan
Instalment PlanOption
Instalment per Month£49
Total Monthly Instalments11
Total Fee£539

*The instalment price may vary from the lump-sum price because of promotional offers. If you choose to pay by instalments, the lump-sum price won’t be relevant in any way.
Please be advised that you will need to pay all outstanding instalments before being eligible to claim your certification.

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Entry Requirement
There are no specific entry requirements for this qualification. However, the learners must be 16 years or above to get themselves enrolled in this course.
Practical Requirement
This course is assessed through a series of tutor marked assignments in addition to practical work, which is assessed in the workplace by the supervisor. So, a work placement is required to complete the practical tasks, which can be spread over the duration of the course.
How will I be assessed?
All units in the course will be assessed through a series of written assignments, which are submitted to and marked by your course tutor. For some units, you must provide a witness testimony to meet the assessment criteria requirement.
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The diploma is suitable for anyone working in a Teaching Assistant or Learning Support Assistant role that supports pupils’ learning in primary, secondary or special schools.

This Level 3 Diploma is suitable for anyone working in a Teaching Assistant or Learning Support Assistant role that supports pupils’ learning in primary, secondary or special schools.

The Diploma requires 44 credits. Credits from the Award and Certificate can be carried over (if a learner already has these qualifications)and counted towards the Diploma.

Our courses are OFQUAL approved as we work with an approved awarding organisation called “Focus Awards”. This is a well-respected awarding organisation for education and training courses. This is the confirmation of their status-

This course is for anyone who is looking to start a career as:

  • Senior Teaching Assistant
  • Senior Special Education Needs Teaching Assistant

This course will open doors to your new career as a teaching assistant working with children in a school environment.

Yes, you will need to work or volunteer in a school environment where you are required to show competence in both knowledge and skills.
You will receive your course material right after you are enrolled in the course at our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

There is no fixed time frame for completion. Learners can complete this qualification as a fast-track option within 8 weeks up to 12 months.

Have a quick look at the following chart for TA courses to know which course suits you the best:

Witness testimonies are classed as “supporting” evidence and provide additional information in the form of a statement of authentication from an occupationally competent individual who verifies all relevant details of a learner’s workplace activities and validates that the learner can conduct a skill or task. In some instances, the course requires the learner to demonstrate certain skills such as “Positive working relationships” or “motivate and support children and young people’s positive behaviour”, all of which are very difficult to prove using documentary evidence alone. Hence, an expert witness is tasked with providing a written record of learner’s performance at the workplace, precisely describing the activity undertaken against targeted assessment criteria confirming if these have been followed in the work setting. Witness testimonies are compulsory in certain units and this will be clearly stated in the relevant Assignment Guide. Moreover, it is to be noted that you will need to write a reflective account as well along with providing the witness testimony.

A reflective account is the supporting written evidence/ learner’s statement that indicates how the learner performed/performs the activity testified by the workplace supervisor, what went well and what did not, what you learnt and what you should have done. You also mention what strategies you will adapt for improvement. Please note that there is no separate document for writing a reflective account. Reflective account/learner’s statement is given in the same Submission Cover Sheet (Assessment Brief document).

An occupationally competent individual i.e. a work placement supervisor, a learning resources manager, or even a teacher you are directly working with as a teaching assistant is requested to complete the Witness Statement form. Without this independent verification, it is impossible for us to approve your tasks.
There is only one witness statement form to be filled by your workplace supervisor only. This form will cover all the assessment criteria from relevant units/ modules of the accredited course that require a witness testimony.
Feel free to provide your supervisor with the Witness Statement form as soon as you have done appropriate planning and your mentor is available to fill the provided form. There is no hard and fast rule on when to undertake the activities. Some of you might choose an activity to undertake every other day and some might do every week. It varies from situation to situation.

Firstly, a witness statement is a source of evidence and does not confirm the achievement of assessment criteria or confer an assessment decision. For that purpose, the assessor needs to:

  • consider all the information in the witness statement
  • note the relevant professional skills of the witness to make a judgement of performance
  • review the supporting written evidence/reflective account when making an assessment decision.
  • be convinced that the evidence presented in the witness statement is valid, sufficient and authentic.

Moreover, if the supervisor has not witnessed you performing some of the targeted assessment criteria in your undertaken activities, the assessor will have to conduct an observation directly observing your activity to confirm the fulfillment of the remaining assessment criteria.

As teachers, we are bound to follow professional ethics. There is an element of trust that our trainee teaching assistants and the expert witness won’t present an inaccurate account of the activity undertaken. However, we will be vigilant and investigate where we are concerned that the sessions have not taken place as claimed.
Please refer to our main FAQs section or Contact Us; we have experienced course advisers who will be happy to assist you!


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