Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools NVQ Level 3

Cost Duration
£1 375 Approximately 12-18 months

Course Summary

This qualification is designed for those working in teaching assistant roles at a more advanced level.  You will need to have some degree of responsibility through the planning and running of intervention groups or being named pupil support assistant with an input into the named pupil’s IEP and targets.


  • Progression within employment as Teaching Assistant/Learning Support Assistant.

Entry requirements

In order to be eligible for the qualification you will need the following:

  • have at least level 2 in Literacy
  • have agreement from your employer to allow an assessor to visit you in the workplace
  • have a minimum of 3 months’ prior experience in a teaching assistant role
  • be working a minimum of 15 hours a week


There are 12 mandatory units which are:

  • Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Engage in personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
  • Promote children and young people’s positive behaviour
  • Promote equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people
  • Schools as organisations
  • Support assessment for learning
  • Support children and young people’s health and safety
  • Support learning activities
  • Understand child and young person development
  • Understand how to safeguard the wellbeing of children and young people

You must then choose two optional units.

Timings and Assessments

  • 12 – 18 months to complete
  • Your assessor will work with you to cover the knowledge and skills covered in the qualification. As well as being able to complete tasks competently, you should know why you do them a certain way. Together you will gather evidence to demonstrate you meet the qualification standards. A variety of assessment methods will be used. These will usually contain a mixture of:
    • Observation
    • Work products
    • Professional discussions
    • Oral and/or written question & answers
    • Reflective accounts
    • Witness testimonies

Costs and Resources

  • £1,375
  • The qualification is eligible for the Advanced Learner Loan where the Government covers the course fees and repayments are only made once you are earning £21,000 or more.  More details can be found here:
  • For further career guidance, the National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. This service offers confidential and impartial advice and is supported by qualified careers advisers.


For further information about this course please contact a member of the Fast Forward Team on 01793 732892 or email:

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