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Train to support teaching and learning in schools as a teaching assistant, gain a nationally recognised qualification and boost your career with this NCFE Level 3 Supporting Teaching & Learning online course.

Who is it for? Adult learners looking to gain an introduction to the teaching assistant profession
Qualification: NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools
Location: Distance Learning
Start date: Ongoing
Duration: 300 recommended study hours - two years' tutorial support

Enhance your career as a teaching assistant with the NCFE Level 3 Supporting Teaching & Learning Course

If you want to develop a career as a teaching assistant, NCFE Level 3 Teaching Assistant training courses provide the advanced knowledge and skills required for work within an educational environment.

Full teaching assistant training is required for anyone looking to work unsupervised in an educational role, either as a teaching assistant or learning support assistant in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (educational requirements are different in Scotland, please check with your local Scottish regional council for details).

NCFE Level 3 Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools online courses are designed for those looking to develop their knowledge and skills within the sector and advance their career within a teaching and learning support role.

During this NCFE Level 3 Supporting Teaching & Learning training course you will learn how to support teachers with the delivery of a school curriculum, while helping children to develop self-esteem, independence and abilities for learning.

Study at home and underpin your theoretical knowledge with practical work experience

This NCFE Level 3 Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools online course will help you gain the practical understanding you need to support a teacher with learning delivery and help pupils get the most from their lessons.

This NCFE Level 3 Supporting Teaching & Learning training course is taught as a blended distance learning course, giving you the chance to put your knowledge into practice with a 100 hour work placement* in an Ofsted regulated organisation with children between the ages of 6-19.

Online training courses structured this way help develop your digital and distance learning skills, providing you with a practical and efficient way of getting to grips with the theoretical aspects of teaching and learning support in the run up to your placement.

*The student is responsible for organising this placement.

On this NCFE Level 3 Supporting Teaching & Learning online course you will learn about child psychology, child and young person development, safeguarding the wellbeing of children and young people, supporting children and young people’s health and safety, personal development, supporting learning activities, promoting children’s and young people’s positive behaviour, developing professional relationships with children, young people and adults, promoting equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people all within the EYFS framework.

You will also complete a 100 hour work placement* in an Ofsted regulated organisation with children between the ages of 6-19, giving you a chance to put your new knowledge to the test in a real life environment.

On successful completion of the course and work placement you will receive your Level 3 teaching assistant certification (QCF 501/0403/2).

You will also gain professional and technical skills, plus an understanding of the importance of positive relationships within a school.

View a short selection of our Course Content and Sample Materials for NCFE Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools course.

*The student is responsible for organising this placement.

Course Snapshot

  • Level 3 qualification - comparable to working at A Level
  • Students must hold a Level 2 qualification before starting this course. A DBS check will also be required by your work placement
  • Five books containing 11 modules and seven assignments – this course is assessed via submitted coursework so there is no final exam
  • Approximately 300 recommended study hours plus a 100 hour work placement – as this is a distance learning course you are in complete control over how much time you commit to your studies each week
  • Flexible payment options
  • It is essential that you have regular access to a computer with Internet access.

What is Included?

  • Two years unlimited tutorial support
  • Bespoke course materials written by industry experts
  • 24 hour access to the Home Learning College Virtual Learning Campus – the UK’s biggest online campus
  • Free Career Management Centre services
  • Optional NUS card - the definitive student discount card with a range of exclusive discounts.

Students wishing to enrol on the NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools course must hold a level 2 qualification before starting this course. Good written and verbal English language skills are also essential. If English is not your first language, evidence of IELTS 5.5 is required.

You will be required to organise and undertake a 100 hour work placement in an Ofsted regulated educational establishment with children between 6-19 years

Governance surrounding education support is in Scotland is different to the rest of the UK. Students looking to study in Scotland should check local requirements with their regional council. Ofsted do not regulate educational establishments in Scotland so the work-placement cannot be completed.

Before you enrol on this Home Learning College course, please ensure that you have read and understood the requirements below:

  • You have a valid UK address. This course is not available to students outside the UK, except members of HM Forces, posted overseas.
  • You are over the age of 18 or have a third party payee for any financial agreement.
  • You have a solid grasp of the English language. IELTS 5.5 or equivalent is required if English is not your first language.
  • You have access to a computer and the internet throughout your study period.
  • You have regular access to the Internet and basic PC skills in order to navigate our Virtual Learning Campus.
  • You are fully committed to your studies.

DBS Check Requirement

Before you start your placement working with children you will be required to pass a DBS enhanced disclosure check (formerly the CRB check). This is usually organised by your place of work.

Please note that Home Learning College is unable to arrange this check and students must ensure that the proper arrangements are made either personally via an umbrella organisation or via your work placement. Whilst most early years settings will be able to undertake this check, you can make a personal application through an umbrella organisation. For further details visit the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) website. Students in Northern Ireland will require a CHDS. For further details, please visit the Northern Ireland Criminal Records Checks website.

Did you know that one of the most common challenges people face in pursuing education is the cost?

That is why Home Learning College has developed the most flexible payment terms of any other UK distance learning provider. You can pay in full immediately or split your course fees over three installments at no extra charge. Alternatively you can apply for our 12 months payment plans*. Speak to one of our Course Advisors for further details.

*Any Credit Agreement you enter into will be governed by Oakbrook Finances Terms and Conditions, as provided to you by Oakbrook.

The NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools is an ideal qualification for those looking to consolidate and enhance their child development knowledge or ability to work as a qualified Teaching Assistant with a nationally recognised qualification.

Having gained your final qualification you will be able to apply for jobs as a Teaching Assistant with a salary of up to £19,893* per annum.

Teaching assistants generally work alongside a teacher in the classroom, making sure pupils get the most out of lessons. This might include helping with practical exercises or preparing the classroom and clearing up afterwards, thereby allowing the teacher to focus on delivering the lesson. Qualified level 3 teaching assistants are much in demand as they can work unsupervised in a classroom or other early learning setting.

NCFE is one of the UK’s fastest growing national awarding bodies, designing and awarding qualifications that are nationally recognised to meet the needs of learners and employers. The NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools has been accredited by the qualifications regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland and is part of the Qualifications Credit Framework (QCF) for England.

The NCF outlines level 3 qualifications as equivalent to A Levels, denoting and recognising the ability to gain and, where relevant, apply a range of knowledge, skills and understanding. Learning at this level is appropriate for people wishing to go to university, work independently, or in some areas supervise and train others in their field of work.

(Note: Legislation regarding working with young people is different in Scotland. QCF accreditation is recognised in England, Wales and Northern Ireland). This qualification can be transferred to the Scottish SCQF system but additional SQA units of study may be required.

The NCFE level 3 certificate in Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools supports assesment for Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) status, which would allow you to lead teaching sessions.

*Source: REED Salary Calculator,January 2013 (Note: appropriate professional experience is vital to attain these roles).

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