Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

"I didn't believe I could pass but my tutor gave me a lot of help and I was very proud when I qualified"

Sian Childcare Student

The qualification

The Level 3 Diploma provides an in-depth understanding of the knowledge and skills needed to work with children or young people in primary, secondary or special schools. This includes learning about children and young people's development, safeguarding their welfare and communication.

The course

It will take 18 months to complete the Level 3 Diploma on a part-time basis. You'll need to be employed in a school or have a regular work placement in a primary or secondary school setting to undertake the course. You'll attend monthly study groups at a local training centre and will be given assignments to complete and have observations in your workplace. Alternatively we can offer bespoke training for groups of 10 or more learners at the same school - contact us to find out more about this option.

If you receive Government funding for the course - check our funding finder to see if you're eligible - you'll also study functional skills in English, maths and ICT along with Employment Rights & Responsibilities and Personal Learning & Thinking Skills.

An Apprentice needs to be in training for at least a year and a day, which equates to 1,560 hours – or 30 hours a week – of employment. It is expected that 20% of these hours are spent completing off the job training.

Subjects covered

You'll cover 10 different subject areas during this course including supporting literacy and numeracy development, promoting positive behaviour and helping keep children safe. There's also a selection of optional units including managing individuals' performance, managing individuals' development and encouraging innovation.

Work & assessment

You'll find all the resources for your course on our Online Training Academy where you'll also be able to submit your work and study for your functional skills. Assessment is by workplace observations, practical tasks at work, answering questions and assignment writing.

Entry requirements

To take this course as an Apprenticeship Learner you will already have a Level 2 in either Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools or Childcare or three years experience plus Level 1 Functional Skills in Maths and English. For learners funding their training through an Advanced Learning Loan the same applies but they need to be working at Entry 2 level in English only.


Learners could progress onto a Level 3 Diploma in Management if they wanted to pursue more of a supervisory role following this course.

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The Qualification

Courses can also be delivered at your own work premises for groups. Contact us to discuss your options.

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But how much does it cost?

Try our funding finder to calculate how you could fund this course. We have some Government funding so your course could be free of charge!

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