Supporting Teaching and Learning Level 3

Overview (NV)

Supporting Teaching and Learning Level 3

Course length
1 year part-time


This course is ideal if you want to work in a supportive role within a school or college and gain a nationally-recognised qualification. It can also help you begin a career as a learning support assistant or special needs assistant.

It will give you a framework for education and training and provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills you need to provide effective support in the classroom. Working with others, problem-solving and personal performance are integral.

Why should I choose this course?

  • You work in, or want to work in, a support role within a school or college
  • You are interested in the development of children and young people
  • You are keen to learn about working effectively with colleagues
  • You are at least 19 years old

Where can I study this course?

This course is delivered on site at UCB only we will be offering two sessions for students, one that takes place during the daytime and one in the evening.

Supporting Teaching and Learning Level 3

  • UCB, Wednesday B3 1JB (9am – 12pm)
  • UCB, Wednesday B3 1JB (5pm – 8pm)

All days and times are subject to change, students will be informed of exact information close to enrolment.

Programme delivery

The programme includes a one 3-hour taught session per week.

When applying you will need to specify on the application form which session you would prefer to attend. Each session is subject to specific numbers. 

Teaching & Assessment (NV)

Teaching and assessment

Each level is studied part-time over one academic year. This includes two days in a classroom placement (which you need to arrange with the school of your choice) and a three-hour training session per week at one of 10 centres across the city.

A range of assessment methods are used across the course including observation within the workplace, building a portfolio and discussion. There are opportunities to have formal and informal feedback as you progress through the course. You will be assessed by your tutor or assessor using a range of methods.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry requirements

Level 3

  • You must be over 19 years of age
  • A relevant Level 2 childcare or early years qualification
  • You will need to achieve Level 1 on completion of an initial assessment in literacy and numeracy, students will be permitted a maximum of two attempts
  • You will need to provide official documentation prior to enrolment confirming that you are working or volunteering in an appropriate school environment (Year 1 or above) for a minimum of two full days per week
  • This course requires a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS). UCB will co-ordinate and fund the completion of the DBS check.

Work placement

Work placement will form an essential part of your individual study programme and all students will be expected to complete an appropriate work placement related to their course.

To find out more about the work placement opportunities for this course, click on the ‘Work Placement’ tab above.

What will I study? (NV)

What will I study?

Level 3

If you are looking to progress in your role, or you are currently in a Level 3 support role and would like more training, this qualification will provide you with an understanding of the knowledge and skills needed to work directly with children or young people in a school or college environment.

Units include:

  • Understand schools and colleges as organisations
  • Support health and safety in a learning environment
  • Understand how to safeguard children and young people
  • Develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Understand how children and young people develop
  • Support positive behaviour in children and young people
  • Support children and young people during learning activities
  • Support English and maths skills
  • Support the use of ICT in the learning environment
  • Support assessment for learning
  • Engage in personal and professional development
  • Support children and young people’s speech, language and communication
  • Understand how to support bilingual learners
  • Understand how to support learning of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities
  • Support children and young people during transitions
  • Support the role of play, leisure and extra-curricular activities for children and young people
Work Placement (NV)

Work placement

Many of our courses incorporate a period of work placement or work experience which are designed to equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge to enter their chosen career in the future.

A work placement not only gives you valuable experience, it also:

  • Helps you to apply what you’re learning into practice
  • It gives you a better understanding of how a company or organisation works
  • Helps you to develop essential skills such as time management, social and communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team
  • Enriches your CV
  • Enhances a UCAS application and personal statement should you wish to progress to higher education
  • Helps you to consider wider future employment opportunities

At UCB we have a specialised team of Employability Tutors based in hired@UCB (located on the ground floor of Moss House) who will provide you with the necessary skills in order to source a work placement.

If students are passionate about their career choice, work placements are vital

A set of achievements, skills, understanding and personal attributes make a student more likely to gain employment and be successful in their chosen occupation, which benefits themselves and the work force.

School of Education, Health and Community (Early Years)

Students studying the Supporting Teaching and Learning course will require to complete 2 full placement days working with children in a school setting (year 1 or above). Placements are organised by the applicant.

Careers (NV)


A diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning can help you begin a career as a teaching assistant, learning support assistant or special needs assistant.

If you successfully complete the Level 3 course, you can progress onto one of our degree courses. We offer both full and part-time studies in qualifications from foundation degrees, to BA (Hons) top-up degrees and postgraduate study.


The team at hired@UCB – our student placement and careers service – can help you with advice, information and guidance in finding a job. They can help you develop your work-related skills.

Based in new facilities on the ground floor of Moss House, the hired@UCB team comprises specialist staff to help with:

  • Careers advice and guidance
  • Placements, work experience and volunteering
  • Unitemps – UCB's recruitment agency
  • Employer engagement
  • Part-time and seasonal work
  • Internships, apprenticeships and traineeships
  • Alumni support

Find out more about hired@UCB services.

Profiles (NV)

Student profiles

Read what our current students and alumni love about UCB and how we helped them begin their career in industry.

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