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This course is eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan

An easy to apply for, low interest loan that you only start to repay when you complete your course and start earning over £25,000. Household income isn’t taken into account and the loan does not involve a credit check.

Mode of study Part-time
Duration 34 Weeks
Campus London Road Campus
Start date Please ring Course Advice on 01743 342333 to find out when this course next runs
Tuition Fee £2,225
Exam/Reg Fee £141
Course code PLR3DTL001 (2021)
Runs on Tuesday
  • Who is it for?

    The Level 3 Diploma is suitable for those working or volunteering in unsupervised roles that support pupils’ learning. This course is career related and is open to students who wish to be working as a Senior Teaching Assistant; Senior Learning Support Assistant; Senior Special Educational Needs Assistant or other related roles. This course provides a route into the Foundation Degree in Education.

  • Entry Requirements

    A discussion will take place to assess your interests, motivation and suitability to do the course. You will need to have a GCSE in English and Maths (at C or above) or equivalent and either a Level 2 qualification in a related subject or recent experience of working as a teaching assistant (either paid or voluntary). You will also need to be prepared to undertake an initial assessment of your literacy and numeracy skills. You will be asked to provide evidence of previous qualifications and/or a reference where you have worked as a teaching assistant.

    You will be responsible for ensuring that you have a voluntary or paid position in a school (minimum of two days a week) prior to enrolment, a position on the programme cannot be offered unless this is in place.

    Your voluntary or paid position will require you to have a DBS (Disclosure and Barring System) check, which will be the responsibility of you and your employer. Your position on the course needs to be supported by your employer and you will be provided with an Employer and Learner Agreement form during the discussion to be completed and returned to the College prior to the start of the course.


  • What does the course involve?

    This qualification will provide an understanding of the knowledge needed when working directly with children and young people in primary, secondary or special schools. You will undertake 11 mandatory units covering communication, developing professional relationships, safeguarding children’s welfare, equality, diversity and inclusion, child development, health and safety, behaviour management, supporting learning activities and assessment of learning. You will also be able to choose up to 4 optional units to suit your current experience and future career path.


  • How is the course assessed?

    Units of study will be assessed by your tutor or assessor using a range of methods; this could include direct observation in the workplace, written assignments, group and individual tasks, reflective accounts and a portfolio of evidence including witness statements and work products.

  • Additional Notes

    Informal interview required. No concessions. This course maybe eligible for a 19+ Advanced Learning Loan.


  • What do I do next?

    If you meet the entry requirements for this course, please use the Register my Interest or Apply Now buttons or contact Course Advice on 01743 342333 to organise enrolment. If you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Advice Events, ring Course Advice on 01743 342 333, use our Live Chat facility or email:

    Fees stated are for enrolment for the current academic year only. Courses which run for 2 or 3 years will be subject to further fees and possible price increases each year.