Start Dates

September, February and April

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.

Entry requirements

Preferably you will have GCSE English at grade C or above. However if you have commensurate life experience you may be able to study a GCSE English qualification alongside the course.

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?


Awarding body


Where will this course take me?

  • Study further HE courses, leading to a teaching qualification

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?

You are welcome to bring your own device (tablet, laptop).

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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