The Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools (RQF) qualification is regulated by Ofqual and offered through the Awarding Organisation Training Qualifications UK (TQUK).
The qualification provides learners with the skills and knowledge necessary to work effectively within the role of a specialist teaching assistant or specialist learning support staff member.
Duration of the Qualification
There is no set time for completion of the qualification. Most learners complete the qualification within six to seven months, although some learners may complete within a shorter time frame.
Content of the Qualification
The qualification covers are range of topics including the role of a teaching assistant, legislation relating to supporting teaching, types of school environments, development stages of children and young people, safeguarding and supporting in a specialist area.
The qualification is assessed through the completion of worksheets, observations from a school-based expert witness and evidence gathered whilst working as a Teaching Assistant/ Support Assistant within an education environment.
Learners are expected to have a minimum standard of literacy at Level 2 and work within the role of a teaching assistant/support assistant.