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Level 3 Diploma Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools

Subject Area

Education & Training

Student Type


Study Mode

Distance Learning

Course Type

Adult Further Education

What is the course about?

This course provides an in-depth understanding of the specialist knowledge and skills required when working directly with children and young people in a school environment. It allows you to focus on specific support areas, after having completed the mandatory units in the Level 3 Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools. The diploma allows you to supplement this with credits achieved from a range of additional specialist units. To study this diploma, you will need to be working in a role that allows you to demonstrate those learning outcomes relating to your practice.

The qualification requires you to demonstrate competence in both knowledge and skills and is suitable for you if you are employed within the sector as a teaching assistant, learning support assistant or similar role. This is a work-based qualification, therefore employment in a school at key stage 1 or above is essential. You will also be required to provide evidence of an enhanced DBS (formerly CRB).

The course is offered via distance learning and will utilise an e-portfolio, therefore a PC with internet access is required. You must hold the Level 3 Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools certificate to access the specialist diploma.

Why should I choose the course?

This qualification provides you with the knowledge, understanding, and skills required to work in a variety of job roles that support children and young people in schools. The diploma will allow you to choose from a selection of bespoke units that specialise in a variety of different areas.

What will I learn?

To achieve this course, you must achieve 12 credits from the optional units. Some examples of these include:

  • Support gifted and talented learners
  • Support children’s speech, language, and communication
  • Support bilingual learners
  • Support children and young people with behaviour, emotional, and social development needs
  • Support students with cognition and learning needs
  • Support students with sensory and/or physical needs
  • Facilitate the learning and development of children and young people through mentoring.

All units will be internally assessed.

What will the course lead on to?

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to progress on to a Level 4 Certificate for the Advanced Practitioner, a foundation degree, or specialist roles within this sector.

Are there any links with industry and university?

You must be working in a face-to-face role with children for at least one full day or two half days and have an enhanced DBS certificate (formerly CRB). Employment will need to be at key stage 1 or above.

What support is available?

We have a team of staff dedicated to providing learning support if required, as well as a Welfare Team that is on hand to offer guidance, support and help when needed. Additionally, eligible students can access a wide range of finance and funding support to help them during their time at college.

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Why should I choose to study the course at Warrington & Vale Royal College?

Here at Warrington & Vale Royal College we have a team of dedicated, experienced staff who can share their extensive knowledge and skills with you. Learning in a friendly and inclusive environment, you will be fully supported to achieve your goals.

What are the entry requirements?

As this is a work-based qualification, a suitable work placement is necessary for you to access the course. You must hold the Level 3 Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools certificate to access this course.

What are my funding options?

For further information about funding, please contact our Learner Services Team on 01925 494400 or

Are there any additional costs associated with the course?

There are currently no additional costs associated with this course.

Careers Information

Course options


11 Weeks
Class Times
17:30 - 20:30
Distance Learning
Adult Fee
16-18 Fee
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Fees Information
This course is eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan.

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