Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching & Learning


The Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching & Learning Level 3 is ideal for those who are working in a school environment or looking to work as a teaching assistant and gain a qualification in this area.

Our qualified and experienced tutors and assessors will guide you every step of the way, giving you the skills to excel and progress.

This course is also fundable through the 19+ advanced learner loan or as part of a Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship.

Key Features

  • Gain a Level 3 Diploma in Support Work in Schools qualification awarded by NCFE CACHE.

  • Learn while you continue to work, our tutors will work around your employers needs.

  • Full support from our tutors and assessors, as well as access to our online ePortfolio.

What’s involved

If you decide that this Diploma in Support Teaching and Learning qualification is for you then it will last for around 12 months. We will meet the needs of both yourself and the employer to deliver on the job training at your placement.

On completion of the course you will receive the industry recognised Level 3 Diploma in Support Teaching and Learning qualification from NCFE CACHE.

Units you'll cover

Unit Number Unit Title
STL3C1 Schools and colleges as organisations
STL3C2 Support health and safety in a learning environment
STL3C3 Understand how to safeguard children and young people
STL3C4 Develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults
STL3C5 Understand how children and young people develop
STL3C6 Support positive behaviour in children and young people
STL3C7 Support children and young people during learning activities
STL3C8 Support English and Maths Skills
STL3C9 Support the use of ICT in the learning environment
STL3C10 Support assessment for learning
STL3C11 Engage in personal and professional development
STL3D12 Support children and young peopleโ€™s speech, language and communication
STL3D13 Understand how to support bilingual learners
STL3D13 Support the use of ICT in the learning environment
STL3D14 Understand how to support learning of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities
STL3D15 Support children and young people during transitions
STL3D16 Support the role of play, leisure and extra-curricular activities for children and young people


Due to the funding eligibility rules, from the Skills Funding Agency, it is best to speak with one of our advisers, but as a quick guide, based on age:

16-18 – This course is no eligible for funding via the 19+ advanced leaner loan in this age group and only as part of an apprenticeship.

19+ – This course can be funded via the 19+ advanced learner loan or as part of the Level 3 Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship Standard.

Entry requirements

This L3 course doesn’t have entry requirements, although we recommend for this Level 3 qualification that you have a relevant placement in a school either voluntary or paid employment.

However, we would recommend getting in touch with us and one of our helpful recruitment team can discuss the qualifications with you and find one that fits your requirements.


All of our qualifications have excellent progression opportunities; once this course has been completed, progression onto a University degree course is a possibility as this qualification has UCAS points attached to it or the Level 4 Certificate for the Advanced Practitioner in Schools and Colleges – our tutors and assessors will help you every step of the way.


Contact us today for more information or even just for a friendly chat


Very good course, staff are friendly and helpful. I would recommend the course to anyone else looking to get back into employment
John Maguire
John Maguire
10:30 20 Sep 18
Very patient tutor. Good course l learnt a lot good companyPaul Nicoll
Paul Nicoll
Paul Nicoll
10:45 20 Sep 18
Thanks for every thing on this course. It was really good.I feel i have learned at lot.I highly recommend to very one.
Guinness Mick
Guinness Mick
10:35 20 Sep 18
I have totally enjoyed my time on the get ahead course. with the tutors commitment and input, it has given me the confidence to use various programmes on the computer and also to apply for jobs on line.Thank you so much Ahmed.
Geraldex ine Shuker
Geraldex ine Shuker
12:16 18 Oct 18
I have gained confidence in using a computer/laptop/device. I feel I am better equipped to deal with a job interview situation.Thanks to Ahmed and the team.
ian owen
ian owen
12:11 18 Oct 18
I have been doing a teaching assistant course here and its been very helpful with what i want to achieve in the future, the staff are really nice and supportive they have made me more confident in speaking out and taking part in group activities. i would definitely recommend this place to anyone
Catherine Dutton
Catherine Dutton
09:05 18 Oct 18
Enjoyed the training here, gained insight of how a trainer/tutor works as this is what i want to do.
Dea Weston
Dea Weston
12:05 18 Oct 18
absolutely love this place mentor is great girls are so friendly I have learned so much highly recommended.
Gemma Lyon
Gemma Lyon
08:55 18 Oct 18
Great staff very helpful and I have learnt a lot on the course.
Lynn Christine Poar
Lynn Christine Poar
09:02 18 Oct 18
I have really enjoyed my time at the get ahead course, I am a lot more confident in using the computer and will continue to practice.
glen orourke
glen orourke
13:06 14 Nov 18
I've enjoyed the programme very much and have learned some new basic computer skills, I also enjoyed the company of my fellow learners.And feel more prepared for my job search.Thank you JTM,
David Bailey
David Bailey
12:56 14 Nov 18
The course was amazing I really didn't want it to end! Everyone was so nice, the work was not as bad as it seemed and Cathy was an amazing teacher ๐Ÿ™‚
Mica O'Brien
Mica O'Brien
09:04 26 Feb 19
Just finished SWSC 2, Cathy was a great tutor! Really enjoyed attending JTM and very happy with my qualification!
Abbie Simons
Abbie Simons
09:32 26 Feb 19
I have really enjoyed doing this course, it has opened other doors for me going forward. Most importantly, I have learned the safe guarding policies in schools and Health and Safety Policy. I've enrolled myself on STL level 3. I feel confident in getting a job in schools now. It's been a great experience.
ourdert t
ourdert t
09:48 06 Mar 19
The course was amazing I really didn't want it to end! Everyone was so nice, the work was not as bad as it seemed, i learned a lot and Cathy was an amazing teacher ๐Ÿ™‚ -Mica O'BrienA really positive experience, and they practice what they preach. Very capable staff. I can reccomend this course. -Paul Owns
Mica O'Brien
Mica O'Brien
09:46 06 Mar 19
All the staff were so helpful and supportive, really enjoyed the course, thank you for all your help ๐Ÿ™‚
Laura Keefe
Laura Keefe
09:44 06 Mar 19