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Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools

This qualification provides you with the core knowledge and skills needed when providing specialist support for children and/or young people in primary, secondary or special schools.


This qualification is ideal for you if you have already completed the Level 2 or Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools, as you will already have an understanding of the unit subject matter; undertaking the Level 3 Diploma will you to build on this knowledge and apply it in real work settings, including special schools. 

You will need to be working as you will need to show competence in both knowledge and skills. You will also undertake the Employment Rights and Responsibilities workbook. You will have access to a Training Officer who will support you through your qualification and will visit you a minimum of once every 12 weeks. You will be able to call, text or email term time and holidays (excluding bank holidays).

This course isn't suitable for learners in a volunteering capacity, as the course comes under an apprenticeship framework so paid employment is required.


Delivery is completed within the work place and no attendance at College is needed. A Training Officer will plan your qualification with you and tailor it to meet your needs and role. They will also guide you through Functional Skills, giving you extra support where needed.

Entry Requirements

This qualification is a good choice for you if you're currently working in a role that support pupils learning, including teaching assistants, learning support assistants and special needs assistants.

Interview Process

If you wish to know more about the course or arrange an information session, please contact Cindy Gavin or Melanie Clough.

Questions & Answers

Who is the course for?

The qualification is suitable for teaching assistants, one to one support and cover supervisors. This can be in a supervised or unsupervised role that support pupils’ learning.

What will be studied?

You will work towards achieving 11 units consisting of 32 credits. For example this will include: Unit TDA3.1 Communication and relationships Unit TDA 3.2 Schools as Organisations Unit CYP3.1 Understand Child & Young Person Development The qualification is assessed at level 3 only. Candidates complete written work as well as being observed in their school setting.

How is the course assessed?

Assessments will be made of your skills in the workplace. All work is submitted online and via the Calderdale College e-portfolio system.

Are there any opportunities for progression?

This qualification provides you with the knowledge and skills related to working with children and young people in a variety of school settings to study towards achieving Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) status. Due to the school environment in which you are or will be working, the Diploma could also allow you to study towards the Early Years Teacher status.

Functional Skills



Before Enrolment

The Advice & Guidance team provide impartial Student Advisors to give information about College Courses and provide initial guidance to help you decide which course is best for you . Financial advice and assistance if you need help with childcare, equipment, fees, or travel. Careers and Student Advisors to give you the necessary help and guidance you need when you are progressing on to further and higher education or employment.

During Your Study

Before enrolment you will be asked to attend an interview with a Training Officer and complete a Basic Key Skills assessment. The results of this will be used to determine the level of support you will require to complete your framework successfully.

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Course details

  • Attendance: Part-time (evening)
  • Start Date: Start anytime.
  • Hours per week: Work Based Learning
  • Days: N/A
  • Start Time: N/A
  • End Time: N/A
  • Duration: 16-24 Months including Functional Skills if needed
  • Course Fees: Please contact Student Services on 01422 399367
  • Venue: Calderdale College and Workplace
  • Faculty: HE and Professional Studies
  • Department Manager: Karen Robson


  • Level: Level 3
  • Qualification Name: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Awarding Body: CACHE

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