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TQUK Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools Level 3 Cert (RQF)

This Teaching Assistant Level 3 NVQ course is available to learners aged 16+ who are interested in working within a school as a teaching assistant, classroom assistant or learning support assistant in reception or above. The aims of the teaching assistant level 3 certificate are to enable students to understand the roles and responsibilities, to those involved in supporting teaching and learning in schools and provides an opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge required to do this effectively in a self-directed way.

To complete this work based qualification, learners are required to be placed in a classroom setting for a minimum of 1 day per week with children aged 5 and above. We recommend 6/7 hours but this can be spread over two mornings or afternoons to suit personal circumstances. The more you can access the classroom setting the better!

Alongside placement, learners will access their course lessons, resources and tutor support via our online learning platform The Laser. Everything you need is located here in once convenient place. Log in and out to suit, adapt your studies around family and other commitments. Access is provided for 12 months, however you are able to complete quicker than this with the right commitment and attitude, You have complete flexibility within this period to study how you wish. The more you log in, the quicker you complete!

Still confused? Read our guide on how to become a teaching assistant

Upon completion, this course will fully qualify you as a Teaching Assistant. 

Qualification: TQUK Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools RQF 
Support: 1-year support included 
Start Date: Anytime - We enrol 365 days a year
Ofsted Accepted
Recognised: By Schools 
Price: Interest-Free Finance
UCAS Points: 16

If you wish to work 1-1 with SEN then please consider our TQUK L3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching & Learning.

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Course Details

Course Syllabus

Learners will complete 11 units of study in total as listed below.
11 tutor marked assignments to complete

Understand children and young person development

Understand the expected pattern of development for children & young people from birth – 19 years
Understand the factors that influence children & young peoples development and how these affect practice
Understand how to monitor children & young peoples development and interventions that should take place if this is not following the expected pattern
Understand the importance of early intervention to support the speech, language and communication needs of children & young people

Understand how to safeguard the wellbeing of children and young people

Understand the main legislation, guidelines, policies & procedures for safeguarding children & young people
Understand the importance of working in partnership with other organisations to safeguard children & young people
Understand the importance of ensuring children & young people’s safety and protection in the work setting
Understand how to respond to evidence or concerns that a child or young person has been abused or harmed
Understand how to respond to evidence or concerns that a child or young person has been bullied
Understand how to work with children & young people to support their safety and wellbeing
Understand the importance of e-safety for children & young people

Support children and young peoples safety

Understand how to plan and provide environments and services that support children & young people’s safety
Be able to recognise and manage risks to health, safety and security in a work setting or off site visits
Understand how to support children & young people to assess and manage risks for themselves
Understand appropriate responses to accidents, incidents, emergencies and illness in work settings and off site visits

Engage in personal development in children & young peoples settings

Understand what is required for competence in own work role
Be able to reflect on practice
Be able to evaluate own performance
Be able to agree a personal development plan
Be able to use learning opportunities and reflective practice to contribute to personal development

Support learning activities

Be able to contribute to planning learning activities
Be able to prepare for learning activities
Be able to support learning activities
Be able to report and observe on learner participation and progress
Be able to contribute to the evaluation of learning activities
Be able to evaluate own practice in relation to supporting literacy, numeracy and IT

Promote children and young peoples positive behaviour

Understand policies and procedures for promoting children & young people’s positive behaviour
Be able to promote positive behaviour
Be able to manage inappropriate behaviour
Be able to respond to challenging behaviour
Be able to contribute to reviews of behaviour & behaviour policies

Develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults

Be able to develop professional relationships with children & young people
Be able to communicate with children & young people
Be able to develop professional relationships with adults
Be able to support children & young people in developing relationships
Be able to comply with policies and procedures for confidentiality, sharing information and data protection

Promote equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people

Be able to promote equality and diversity in work with children & young people
Understand the impact of prejudice and discrimination into children & young people
Be able to support inclusion and inclusive practices in work with children & young people

Support assessment for learning

Understand the purpose and characteristics of assessment for learning
Be able to use assessment strategies to promote learning
Be able to support learners in reviewing their learning strategies and achievements
Be able to contribute to reviewing assessment for learning

Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults

Understand the principles of developing positive relationships with children, young people and adults
Understand how to communicate with children, young people and adults
Understand legislation, policies and procedures for confidentiality and sharing information, including date protection

Schools as organisations

Know the structure of education from early years to post-compulsory education
Understand how schools are organised in terms of roles and responsibilities
Understand school ethos, mission, aims and values
Know about the legislation affecting schools


Entry Requirements

No previous qualifications are required.

A placement either employed or voluntary is required for a minimum of 1 day per week for the duration of the whole Course. The placement must be in a classroom setting (Reception or above). International Students must be based in a school that follows the UK Curriculum

Be aged 16 Years or above
Possess a solid knowledge of the English language
Have access to a PC and the internet for the duration of the whole course
Basic computer skills: e.g. Word processing, emailing, uploading documents etc
Have a genuine desire to succeed

Qualification Awarded

TQUK Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools (RQF)

Qualification ref:  601/2731/4
Credit value: 32
UCAS Points: 16
Awarding body: TQUK – Training Qualifications the UK

Training Qualifications UK

This course provides successful students with a fully recognised qualification from TQUK, listed on the RQF (Regulated Qualifications Framework). TQUK is recognised as an awarding organisation by the qualification regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, who are: the office of the qualifications and examinations regulator (OFQUAL) in England and the examinations and assessment (CCA) in Northern Ireland.

Please note: This qualification is not recognised in Scotland or Wales. 

Study Method - The Laser

Learners are able to access their course lessons via our LASER online learning platform.  Access your lessons, complete your assignments and contact your tutor all in one convenient place. 

As long as you have an internet connection you can access your course 24/7. You are able to access our online platform on the following link Laser Online Learning Platform

Laser Online Platform


Each course on the laser follows our unique Laser Lessons formula, and consists of:

  • A filmed tutorial with a professional presenter and accompanying text for those with hearing difficulties
  • Selected reading available in PDF format and also from trusted websites
  • A presentation to give further explanation of a specific topic
  • Good practice example videos, including videos scripted by Laser Systems for Canal Wharf Studios to cover specific criteria
  • An interactive quiz to test knowledge gained
  • Evidence opportunities which allow the learner to produce work towards their course
  • Extended learning materials for those who want to develop their skills and knowledge even further

A think and challenge activity which asks the learner to put the knowledge they have gained towards a real-life scenario

See an example of one of our good practice video’s available below on the Laser. 




Course Duration

Online course access and tutor support are provided for 12 months,  all included in the fee. Complete to suit within this time frame.

Guided Learning Hours (GLH) – 180 Hours
Total Qualification Time (TQT) – 320 Hours

On average, learners will complete this course within 10 months.

Tutors & Support

All learners have access to a qualified tutor via email for the stated support period. In addition to this, you are able to speak to our support team via telephone with any query you may have relating your course.

Our tutors and support team have years of experience in delivering online and distance learning courses. If you require help, then we are only a phone call away.

Course Induction - Zoom

As part of the enrolment process for this course, all leaners are required to attend a course induction with one of our friendly assessors. These are normally carried out within 7 days of receiving course access. Inductions are carried out using Zoom and are compulsory for all students registered on this course. You are able to download Zoom totally free of charge here Zoom Induction

This is a great way of meeting one of our assessors who will introduce you to the functions of our learning platform The Laser and answer any questions you may have before progressing. Inductions are provided on a regular basis at times to suit all. 

course Induction



Learners will be required to complete a series of tutor-marked assignments (normally 1 after each unit) as they progress through this course. Each assignment will contain a variety of tasks/questions. These assignments are assessed by your tutor to monitor progress. You will be provided with constructive feedback to help you in completing each unit to the required standard.

There is no examination to complete as the course is completed using a continual assessment.

The practical tasks within each unit of your course will require witnessing by a qualified teacher in your placement setting.  This should be the teacher you work with in the classroom. Alternatively, you can use a qualified assessor if you are fortunate to have one located within your setting. 

Your expert witness must be suitably qualified to do so as below:

Have a working knowledge of the units for which they are providing expert testimony.

Be occupationally competent in their area for which they are providing expert

Be a qualified teacher with QTS status or have EITHER any qualification in assessment of workplace performance eg:

Hold an A1 or D32 qualification OR a work role which involves evaluating the everyday practice of staff within their area of expertise.

Evidence/proof of the (EW) qualifications will be required.

The use of an Expert Witness (EW) should be determined and agreed by the assessor and final assessment decisions must be made by the qualified assessor based at UK Open College.

Optional Extras

This course comes with an optional extra

1-1 tutor sessions:

For a £30.00 fee, all learners on this course have the option to arrange a 1-1 zoom meeting with their tutor. Here you will have your tutors undivided attention to ask anything you want for a maximum of 30 minutes per session. All we ask is that you let your tutor know in advance what you would like to discuss so they can prepare. This allows you to get the maximum from your session. 

All sessions can be booked with your tutor at a mutual time to suit. 


Why UK Open College?

✅ Enrol online today – No set term times
✅ Accredited College – We are fully approved
✅ Spread the cost – interest-free finance (Guaranteed acceptance*)
✅ NUS/Totum Student Card Approved*
✅ Trading since 2006 – We will not let you down
✅ 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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Payments plans - Guaranteed acceptance*

Select whether to pay in full upon enrolment or opt to pay a deposit and spread the cost with our Interest-free payment plan.  *Guaranteed acceptance for those who meet the following conditions:

Aged 18 and above (Maximum age 75)
Permanent resident in the UK
Be able to provide 3 years of address history from the UK
Have a UK bank account that accepts direct debits
Hold a valid UK credit or debit card

Please note: We do not carry out credit checks

Alternative payment plans may be available for those that do not meet these conditions. Please speak to a member of our team who will be happy to assist on 0121 792 3872.

Applicants choosing the monthly option will be required to complete and sign a financial agreement for the remaining payments.  All payments to be set up via direct debit.  We are only able to set up monthly payments for students resident in the UK. 

Please note: Once a payment plan is set up, you are liable to pay the course fees in full whether you complete the course or not.  Please ensure the monthly repayments are affordable before agreeing to any payment plan offered.

14 Day Money Back Guarantee

Once received at your requested delivery address, you have 14 days to ensure this course meets your needs and requirements. If for any reason you are not happy, simply return your course pack unused for a refund.*

*Minus postage. An admin fee is deducted from any deposit refunded if a finance plan is arranged and then cancelled.

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