The Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for 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 as a Specialist Teaching Assistant, Higher Level Teaching Assistant or Support Worker.  The purpose of the qualifications is to develop the knowledge and competence of learning support staff whose role is in a specialist area and/or across a varied range of responsibilities.

In order to meet the requirements of this qualification, you will need to be working in a school setting.

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

Content of the Qualification
The qualification covers 14 units:

Unit 1: Promote children and young people’s positive behaviour

Unit 2: Support Children and Young People’s Health and Safety

Unit 3: Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults

Unit 4: Develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults

Unit 5: Promote equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people

Unit 6: Understand How to Safeguard the Well being of Children and Young People

Unit 7: Support Learning Activities

Unit 8: Schools as organisations

Unit 9: Support assessment for learning

Unit 10: Engage in personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings

Unit 11: Understand Child and Young Person Development

Unit 12: Support Children and young people to achieve their education potential

Unit 13: Support children and young people to make positive changes in their lives

Unit 14: Facilitate the learning and development of children and young people through mentoring

A range of topics are covered within the fourteen 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, making positive changes and mentoring.

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 Specialist Teaching Assistant, Higher Level Teaching Assistant or Support Worker.

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 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 Specialist HLTA qualification at Level 4, or a Teaching Qualification at a minimum of Level 4.


Our qualification fee of £550.00 includes registration and certification costs with our awarding organisation. There are no hidden fees or extra costs to pay.