child and youth studies
Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching & Learning in Schools
18 months

This advanced Apprenticeship is designed for learning support staff who are required to be competent in a specialist area and/or across a varied range of responsibilities. You will be working under the direction of a teacher who has overall responsibility for teaching and learning in the classroom. Once qualified, you will be confident in supporting individuals or a class of pupils and in preparing classrooms for activities. You will be able to provide other assistant staff with advice and suggestions.

What will I learn?

Level 3 mandatory units include:

  • Support learning activities
  • Schools as organisations
  • Promote children and young people’s positive behaviour
  • Develop professional relationships with children, young people & adults
  • Support assessment for learning 
  • Promote equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Plan and prepare learning activities


How will I be taught?

You will be based in the workplace with your employer and complete 20% off-the-job training where you will learn from industry experienced tutors. There will be some college attendance required. You will also be kept on track in the workplace with a Preston’s College Work Based Tutor.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be through a range of methods including:

  • Course work
  • Oral questioning
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Practical demonstrations

What can I do next?

On successful completion of Level 3 you can apply for entry to Higher Education courses to improve your employment opportunities as a Teaching Assistant. This qualification is relevant to a career as a teaching assistant roles where you could specialise in learning support or special needs.

Is there anything else I need to know?

18 months

Entry Requirements

All Apprenticeships require an initial assessment (Maths & English), interview and employment in the industry. To work in this industry you will need a DBS (disclosure and barring service) check. At Level 3 you will need a Level 2 qualification in the subject.

If the start date for your course has already passed we may still be able to accommodate you.

Any questions? Just ask!

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