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Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Diploma Level 3 at Darlington College

Course description

The course will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the knowledge and skills needed when working directly with children or young people in school environments.

The course is suitable for those wanting to pursue a career or currently in the role as a teaching assistant, learning support assistant, parent support advisers learning mentors or similar roles at Level 3.

Anyone wishing to apply for this course must also complete the suitability declaration form which will be sent to you at the point we invite you to interview.

Course content

This course enables and encourages you to develop your skills and acquire relevant knowledge to enter the world of employment. The structure of this qualification ensures you are placed in a real work environment for minimum of two days per week. You have to attend tutor led sessions, practical sessions, workshops and tutorials. A variety of teaching methods are implemented in order to offer maximum learning opportunities throughout the programme of study. Real Work placements will consist of a primary/secondary setting for a minimum of 300 hours (2 days per week).

Mandatory units include:

  • Communication and professional relationships with children and young people practice
  • Schools as organisations
  • Support learning activities
  • Promote equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people
  • Understand child and young people development
  • Understand how to safeguard the wellbeing of children and young people

Entry requirements

You will need 5 GCSEs at Grade A*-C including English or maths,progression from Level 2 Diploma in Childcare and Education at grade B or above, as well as GCSE English or maths at Grade C or above. You must also supply details of two personal referees who are not relatives and the college will write to them to obtain up to date references to support your application.

You will be required to attend an interview at the college and we will request a school or college report.


By your tutor through a range of methods This could include direct observation within the workplace, a portfolio of evidence, written assignments.

Future opportunities

Employment in the workforce

Foundation Degree Working With Children and Young People

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Darlington College directly.

Last updated date: 08 March 2016
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