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About the course

This qualification will give you the knowledge and skills needed to work as qualified Teaching Assistant supporting children in primary, secondary or special schools. This qualification is ideal if you are interested in working as a teaching assistant or learning support assistant or are currently working in an unsupervised role that supports pupils' learning, including specialist roles. You will need to be working, volunteering or on practical placement as you will need to show competence in both knowledge and skills.


1 day per week for 18 months.

Studying at Harlow College plus work experience or volunteering in a school at least two days per week.

*The department recognises that a large number of students have care or parental responsibilities and makes allowances to ensure these demands can continue to be met by learners.

Entry requirements

English and Maths and Level 4 or above or equivalent.

You must undertake and receive clearance for a compulsory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check for suitability for working with children and young people.

Who is it suitable for?

This course is suitable for those who are currently working in a teaching support role and would like to gain a qualification and move to the next level.

How much does it cost?

The fee for this course is: £2,225

You may be entitled to an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of this course.

Contact Us or call 01279 868100 to get the most up-to-date info on fees and the financial support that may be available.

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Where will this course take me?

  • Study further Higher Education courses

  • Study a Teaching Qualification

  • Or work in a school as a Level 3 Teaching Assistant

Core modules

  • STL3C1: Schools and colleges as organisations
  • STL3C2: Support health and safety in a learning environment
  • STL3C3: Understand how to safeguard children and young people
  • STL3C4: Develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • STL3C5: Understand how children and young people develop
  • STL3C6: Support positive behaviour in children and young people
  • STL3C7: Support children and young people during learning activities
  • STL3C8: Support English and maths skills
  • STL3C9: Support the use of ICT in the learning environment
  • STL3C10: Support assessment for learning
  • STL3C11: Engage in personal and professional development
  • STL3D12: Support children and young people’s speech, language and communication
  • STL3D13: Understand how to support bilingual learners
  • STL3D14: Understand how to support learning of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities
  • STL3D15: Support children and young people during transitions
  • STL3D16: Support the role of play, leisure and extra-curricular activities for children and young people

Will I have to provide anything?

General stationery (lever arch folders, dividers etc).

Access to the internet at home would be beneficial

I'm interested. What should I do now?

Call 01279 868100 and talk to an Admissions Adviser
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