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).