The Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (RQF) qualification is regulated by Ofqual on the Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF) and accredited through our Awarding Organisation, Training Qualifications UK (TQUK). This qualification is undertaken online through our easy-to-use Online Qualification System.

Qualification Information
The qualification is suitable for anyone who wishes to achieve a recognised qualification in as a Teaching Assistant. In order to meet the requirements of this qualification, you will need to be working in a school, college or training provider. This qualification is suitable for anyone who wishes to develop their knowledge and skills of the role of a teaching assistant, classroom assistant, support worker or pastoral support in a school, college, or training provider.

Duration of the Qualification
You will have up to one year to complete the qualification, although most learners complete it with Educating UK within four to five months. Some learners may complete within a shorter time frame.

Content of the Qualification
The qualification covers 11 units:

Unit 1: Communication and Professional Relationships with Children, Young People and Adults

Unit 2: Schools as Organisation

Unit 3: Understand Child and Young Person Development

Unit 4: Understand How to Safeguard the Wellbeing of Children and Young People

Unit 5: Support Assessment for Learning

Unit 6: Support learning activities

Unit 7: Engage in personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings

Unit 8: Promote Children’s’ and Young Peoples’ Positive Behaviour

Unit 9: Support Children’s’ and Young People’s Health and Safety

Unit 10: Develop Professional Relationships with Children, Young People and Adults

Unit 11: Promote Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Work with Children and Young People

A range of topics are covered within the eleven units including the role of a teaching assistant, legislation relating to supporting teaching and learning, communicating with learners, colleagues and externals, types of school environments, the stages of development of children and young people, safeguarding, assessment, supporting learning, health & safety and equality & diversity, promoting positive behaviour and inclusion.

Qualification Assessment Activities
The qualification is assessed through the completion of worksheets, observations, expert witness testimonies and evidence gathered when working in the role of a teaching assistant.

What you get with Educating UK
Throughout your time studying with us, you will receive access to our bespoke Online Qualification System and a designated Tutor. You will be given on-going support by your experienced and well qualified Tutor. You will also receive detailed feedback on each of your assessments within 72 hours of submitting your work.

Entry Requirements
You must:

– Have reading and writing skills adequate to meet the requirements of the qualification and be able to complete the written assessments to a good standard.

– Be working in an appropriate school, college, or training provider for a minimum of 12 hours per week or 50 hours over the duration of the qualification. This can include voluntary or unpaid work.

– Have a colleague who is willing to work in the capacity of an Expert Witness for you throughout the duration of the qualification, to complete the Observations and Expert Witness Testimonies. Your Expert Witness must hold either a HLTA qualification at Level 4, or a Teaching Qualification at a minimum of Level 4.


Our qualification fee of £425.00 includes registration and certification costs with our awarding organisation. There are no hidden fees or extra costs to pay.