Level 3


Course Level

Level 3


1 year part-time


2 days per week


September (2021)


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Begin a career as a teaching assistant, learning support assistant or special needs assistant

Flexible course to suit you, with one 3-hour taught session per week

Do you want to work in a supportive role in a school or college? Are you looking for a flexible way to study? Our Supporting Teaching and Learning college course offers you an ideal route towards a nationally recognised qualification that will boost your prospects for a rewarding career in this field, including roles as a learning support assistant or special needs assistant.

Designed for anyone aged 19 and over with a relevant Level 2 qualification, this course gives you a framework for education and training and arms you with the knowledge, understanding and skills you need to provide effective support in the classroom. You will cover a wide variety of subjects such as safeguarding, developing professional relationships, child development, the use of ICT for learning and how to support children or young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Our Supporting Teaching and Learning Level 3 course includes one three-hour taught session per week, with morning and evening sessions available. You will also apply your training to the real world during your studies by undertaking a work placement for two days each week.

Why choose this college course?

  • FLEXIBLE LEARNING - Study part-time for your qualification, with learning delivered in one three-hour session each week
  • BOOST YOUR SKILLS - Gain essential skills and knowledge for providing support in the classroom, including working with others, problem solving and personal performance
  • WORK PLACEMENT – Apply your skills to the industry by spending two days per week working in an appropriate setting with children
  • MOVE UP TO UNIVERSITY – Want to continue your learning journey after college? Progress your training to degree level on our wide range of university education and childcare courses

Course breakdown

Topics you will study

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

You will also have an individual study programme to help you build the skills and experience you need to progress onto higher education or gain employment.

Entry requirements

  • You must be over 19 years of age and have 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 – you 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 (DBS) check. University College Birmingham will co-ordinate and fund the completion of the DBS check.

Key information

Teaching and assessment

You will study 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.

We offer sessions at University College Birmingham (B3 1JB) at the following times:

  • Wednesday, 9am-12pm
  • Wednesday, 5pm-8pm

You will need to specify on your application which session you would prefer to attend. (Please note: each session is subject to specific numbers. All days and times are subject to change, and you will be informed of exact information close to enrolment.)

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.

Need some advice?

Our Schools Liaison team deliver drop-in sessions for you to ask any questions you have about college. Find out more here.


of graduate employers say relevant experience is essential to getting a job with them

Work placements


Work placements offer a wealth of benefits alongside your studies, helping you put your learning into practice, develop your skills and understanding of the workplace, boost your CV for your chosen career or enhance your UCAS application for higher education. Our hired@UCB team can help find the ideal placement for you.

Our Level 3 Supporting Teaching and Learning course requires you to complete two days per week on practical training which you need to arrange at a school of your choice.

I taught back home in Romania for many years and coming to the UK was a challenge as the system was different. I tried online courses, but they weren’t for me, then I found this course at University College Birmingham. I now work at the Oasis Academy in Short Heath alongside my studies.

Florenta Dinu Supporting Teaching and Learning Level 3

Career opportunities

The example roles and salaries below are intended as a guide only.

Teaching assistant

Average Salary: £23,000

Special educational needs (SEN) teaching assistant

Average Salary: £17,789

Family support worker

Average Salary: £21,000

Learning mentor (school)

Average Salary: £18,750

Learning mentor (college)

Average Salary: £18,750

Learning mentor (university)

Average Salary: £18,750

Aspiring to a higher level career? Complete this course and you could progress onto our Early Childhood Studies degree.


We are here to support your career goals every step of the way. 


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Ellouise’s Story

Ellouise, who plans to either support in schools or become a teacher, found the placement element of her course a huge draw.

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