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Supporting Teaching & Learning Level 3 Taster Course

Looking to qualify as a TA?

Not sure if it is the role for you?

Been a long time since you studied?

Uncertain if home learning is for you?

If you answer yes to all of the above then this Supporting Teaching & Learning course is for you. This allows you to try the first unit of our Level 3 Supporting Teaching & Learning course so you can find out once and for all if this really is the right career move for you. Students can complete this unit and the required tasks/assignment just like you would if registered for one of our full courses. You will be able to correspond via email with your tutor with any questions you have as you progress and submit your assignment for assessment and feedback at the end.

Once you receive your feedback, it's then totally up to you as to whether you further your studies. If not, then no hard feelings, but at least you have satisfied your curiosity once and for all. If you wish to progress then you can choose from our Level 3 Award, Certificate or Diploma courses to take the next step of your journey at any time.

Not only that, the work completed on your taster course can be used and submitted as part of your portfolio moving forward. In addition, you can also claim the full £99 off the Level 3 Award, Certificate or Diploma should you wish to continue studying.


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Course Details

Course Syllabus

Understand the principles of developing positive relationships with children, young people and adults

Unit 1.1 Explain why effective communication is important in developing positive relationships with children, young people and adults
Unit 1.2 Explain the principles of relationship building with children, young people and adults
Unit 1.3 Explain how different social, professional and cultural contexts may affect relationships and the way people communicate.

Understand how to communicate with children, young people and adults.

Unit 2.1 Explain the skills needed to communicate with children and young people
Unit 2.2 Explain how to adapt communication with children and young people for the age of the child or young person, the context of the communication, communication differences
Unit 2.3 Explain the main differences between communicating with adults and communicating with children and young people
Unit 2.4 Explain how to adapt communication to meet different communication needs of adults
Unit 2.5 Explain how to manage disagreements with children, young people and adults.

Understand legislation, policies and procedures for confidentiality and sharing information, including data

Unit 3.1 Summarise the main points of legislation and procedures covering confidentiality, data protection and the disclosure of information.
Unit 3.2 Explain the importance of reassuring children, young people and adults of the confidentiality of shared information and the limits of this.
Unit 3.3 Justify the kinds of situation when confidentiality protocols must be breached

Entry Requirements

This taster course is open to all students aged 16 or above.

No placement or voluntary work is required
No previous qualifications needed

As long as you can use a word processing program to type up the assignments, along with the ability to send and receive emails and attachments from your tutor then you are ready to go! 

Qualification Awarded

We do not offer certification for this taster course, however, should you choose to progress after this you can then study towards a recognised RQF qualification which will provide you with certification.

Course Duration

This taster course will take approx 10 hours of study time dependant on ability and student background. All students have 2 months to complete and submit the assignments/tasks.

Study Method

This course is supplied in paper format and will be delivered directly to your chosen address. Students are able to complete their course assignments using a word processing programme and email them direct to the tutor. Once received tutors will reply to you directly with detailed feedback to help you complete.



All students on this course will be registered to a personal tutor for 2 months who is contactable via email. We also have a team of dedicated advisors to help and advise with any course-related queries via telephone.

Students will complete 1 unit of study on this taster course. As you progress through the unit you will complete a series of written tasks which are submitted at the end of the unit for marking/assessment.



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✅ Flexible learning – Study at a time that suits you
✅ Qualified Tutors – Fast assignment turnaround

*NUS/TOTUM Student cards are only available to students who are studying a fully recognised RQF/QCF course of 120 study hours or more. £12 fee per year applies.

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Emily Hale 02/12/19

I really enjoyed learning with the UK Open College, if I need to do another course in the future I will definitely be returning. It made life so much easier for me as I could do it all on my computer, I didn’t have to worry about driving down to the local college or doing an adults course in the evening. Tutors were great and really helpful. Great value for money

Ian Woodward 23 May 2019

I decided to do something with my time upon being made redundant, I am not one for sitting around doing nothing. The course booklet was excellent, there was enough information in it to put you on the right path for each question. I was able to carry out the work at my own pace which was superb for me as I wasn't out of work for long. One major positive for me were the tutors, I had two in my year long course that were both brilliant. The only negative about the whole thing was writing each question to my fullest but then being told there were word counts for each section which led to me spending a long time cutting large chunks of text out. (this could have been me not realising.) All in all though I would recommend UK open college to people looking to broaden their horizons and who want to try something new.

Maria Cunningham 26 May 2019

From the very first phone call I was dealt with very professionally, customer service was very friendly. My study books arrived promptly and my contacts with the tutors were responded to within timescales. Once or twice I had difficulty understanding what was required but tutor took the time to explain it to me. Unfortunately my tutor changed towards the end of my course which, although the replacement was friendly too, was a bit of a hiccup in the journey. It would have been improved by having assignment feedback documents that we could download rather than having to type them up from scratch. Also if I knew in advance that evidence in the earlier tasks could be used in the later ones it would have made the work easier and faster - maybe some co-relation in the index folder? Overall I would recommend for value and quality - Thank you UK open college

Daniel Gaye 29 May 2019

Just finished my course, was easy to do, and easy to order, course was enjoyable all round excellent service

Abidemi 3 Jun 2019

I just finished my course. I started with a course and later change to another one with the help and support of my tutor. The college is very good in encouraging students to achieve their potential. I can recommend them always. I still wish to continue my home studies with them. I am really impressed with their support. Kudos to them all.

David 3 Jun 2019

Easy to talk to staff (phone). Emails responded to in a very good time. I can’t mention online support as I didn’t use it. The few questions I had were dealt with via my assessor or a quick phone call. Would happily study with ukopencollege again.

Sara Liles 19 Jun 2019

recently enrolled on level 2 understanding behaviour that challenges. very interesting and informative. completed and passed first assessment and working on second. so far support has been excellent i will definitely be looking at taking another course when this one is complete.

Caroline Blake 25 Jun 2019

I love studying with UK open college, I completed my Teaching Assistant course last year and have just received my course manual for Child Psychology. Really excited. The tutors are very helpful and so are the staff on the phone. Never had any issues with this college and would study with them again without hesitation!

Amirah Simpson 4 Jul 2019

It really saves me time and effort.

Nikki Read 7 Jul 2019

After working for over 10 years in H.R, I decided I wanted a change in career. I chose the Open College as not only did they offer me the perfect course (Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools Level 3) but more importantly the flexibility - being able to study around my 3 children. I passed the course in April and just got my first job in a school. I just wanted to say thank you to my tutor Sam who I knew was always there for support if I needed it. I didn't have any queries with my work but I had an issue with my email and Sam and Kerry were extremely helpful in sorting that issue out. If I were to study again, I would definitely use the Open College. Never too old to learn something new.