Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools

Course Overview

Students will study a range of Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools related units which will enhance their understanding of working in this sector.

Each unit is made up of credits, at Level 3 students require 11 mandatory units which include:

  • Understand Child and Young Person Development
  • Understand How to Safeguard the Welfare of Children and Young People
  • Communication and Relationships
  • Schools as Organisations  
  • Support Children and Young People’s Health and Safety
  • Supporting Learning Activities
  • Promote Positive Behaviour
  • Develop Professional Relationships
  • Promote Equality Diversity and Inclusion 
  • Support Assessment for Learning
  • Engage in Personal Development

There are also a diverse range of optional units from which units that will provide a total of 12 credits are selected to reflect the student’s work placement and current practice. These include:

  • Plan and Deliver Learning Activities
  • Support Play
  • Support Numeracy Development
  • Support Special Education Needs

This one year programme leads to a nationally recognised qualification. It enables you to further develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding required of those working in this sector. This course provides the opportunity to continue to develop your level of occupational competence for working in schools. You can undertake this qualification as an employed member of staff in the schools sector or as an experienced volunteer in a school who already holds a recognised Level 2 qualification. You will need to be working with children of compulsory school age.

Updated January 2018

Entry Requirements

You will need to be employed in the sector or hold a recognised Level 2 qualification. You will also undertake screening as part of the interview process to check that your skills are at a suitable level for those working this sector.

Students will need a genuine interest in working in the sector and should demonstrate commitment and enthusiasm. Students need to be reliable, honest, trustworthy, well motivated and self reliant.

Students should be at least 16 years of age.

Course Delivery

Students will attend college for one session per week on a Tuesday from 6-9pm. The course includes compulsory work placement of a minimum 700 hours to be completed throughout the programme (minimum 20 hours per week. Learners who have completed a Level 2 qualification, can carry their hours forward to Level 3).

There is an emphasis on the development of skills with learners undertaking essential skills in communication, numeracy and ICT.

Knowledge assignments are internally assessed.

Occupational competence is assessed in placement by an occupationally qualified and competent assessor.

Progression Opportunities

Students will be able to progress to the Foundation Degree In Learning Support - Level 4.

Additional Information

Students on this course will be charged for a DBS [previously CRB] check. The current cost is £44. Students can apply to the Financial Contingency Fund [FCF] to cover the cost of a DBS check.


For course information please contact Helen Davies on helen.davies@gcs.ac.uk or 01792 284231 / To arrange an interview please contact Leanne Dalling on leanne.dalling@gcs.ac.uk or 01792 284282

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