Supporting Teaching & Learning
Standard Level 3



This qualification provides learners with an in-depth understanding of the knowledge and skills needed when working directly with children and young people in school and college environments. It covers all aspects of specialist support including planning, delivering, and reviewing assessment strategies to support learning alongside the teacher; bilingual support; special needs support; and personal development and reflective practice.

1. Who is it suitable for?

The level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning is aimed at learners working in roles that offer specialist support for pupils’ learning in primary, secondary or special schools, as well as colleges and has been mapped to the Level 3 Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship Standard. (Standard Code 297)

This qualification has the following UCAS Points – P – 32.

2. What are the entry requirements?

Applicants must be at least 16 years of age. Ideally the Apprentice would hold a level 2 qualification although this is not essential and/or would have a level of experience of working with children and young people. Initial assessments in maths and English will be required to assess levels prior to sign up to the programme.

3. Training provided

You will be working towards the Level 3 Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship Standard (knowledge, skills and behaviours). The Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning is mapped to the Standard and will form the basis of the teaching and assessment whilst you are on programme. As a workbased training provider Aire Vocational Training will provide an exciting individually designed training programme to meet your needs and those of your employer, combining theory with hands on practical experience to ensure you develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours that are relevant to your role. Our programme has a particular focus on understanding local SEND provision.

You will be supported with maths and English at level 2 (if not already achieved)
You will be supported with and prepared for the end point assessment by EPA Plus which will comprise of:

  • Practical Observation
  • Followed by Q and A
  • Professional discussion supported by a portfolio of evidence
4. Apprenticeship exit requirement

The level 3 Diploma qualification is not a requirement for exit however all Apprentices will undertake this qualification which requires achievement of 16 mandatory units, Apprentices must successfully pass the End Point Assessment(EPA) and have the opportunity to pass with distinction. Maths and English must be achieved before End Point Assessment.

5. Education Funding Agency-funded learners

Funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency

6. How is this qualification structured?

To aid holistic delivery and assessment the units will be grouped around the key knowledge, skills and behaviours required to meet the standard e.g.:

  • Supporting children and young people with special educational needs and /or disability – including a good understanding of the Local Offer
  • Promoting Equality Diversity and Inclusion
  • Health, Safety and Security
  • Safeguarding and welfare
  • Communication and Team working
  • Building and Maintaining Relationships
  • Curriculum
  • Working with teachers to accurately assess
  • Professional Standards and Personal Accountability

Please see the qualification for the full Unit List
Learners must achieve:

  • 16 mandatory units
  • Credit Value: 53
  • Total Guided Learning: 310 (hours)
  • Total Qualification Time : 530 (hours)


7. How is it assessed?

To gain the level 3 Diploma the learner will need to:

  • Pass all units
  • Demonstrate competence in a real work environment
8. How long does it take to complete?
  • 12-18 months practical period.
  • EPA 3 months(Additional to the above)
9. Which type of job roles can you apply for on completion?

As well as ensuring full competency as a Teaching Assistant, this standard provides a foundation for potential progression into a number of career paths in the Educational sector including Higher Level Teaching Assistant, Assistant Teacher and Teacher. Learners can progress onto the Level 4 Certificate for the Advanced Practitioner in Schools and Colleges, a foundation degree or specialist roles within the workforce.

Support Materials

Key Facts

This document outlines the key information of this qualification for the Centre, learner and employer.

Need some help? Call us: