Support Teaching (Level 3)


Course Code EDOCHSCCCT19

Course Overview

A distance learning course is the ideal way to gain a Level 3 Diploma in Support Teaching. Whether you're looking to go on to further education, improve your job prospects or expand your knowledge, distance learning Diploma in Support Teaching is a flexible and convenient course, which allows you to comprehensively prepare for an exam or career through home study. What's more, because the distance learning Level 3 Diploma in Support Teaching course is a fully comprehensive course, no prior knowledge is required.

Teaching support staff in schools fall under several titles including Classroom Assistant, School Assistant, Special Needs Assistant, Learning Support Assistant and Individual Support Assistant. The roles within each ‘title’ carry slightly different responsibilities and work but all these roles require similar underpinning knowledge, understanding and training.

This course aims to present theory and knowledge which will facilitate those working in or seeking to work in a classroom setting alongside teachers, supporting competency skills and expertise.

The course will be based on learning outcomes which are given at the beginning of each module. and these provide students with a ‘checklist’ of topics and issues that they should feel confident in on completion of each section of a module.

At the end of each module is an assignment which will be a mixture of short answer questions and essay style responses. Within module 1 you will be offered guidance on how to evaluate material and write in different styles.


What Could I Do After Taking This Support Teaching Course?

With relevant Experience and Qualifications, you can go on to become a Teaching assistant. Teaching assistants support children with their learning activities in the classroom. They work closely with teachers to make sure pupils enjoy learning in a safe and caring setting.

If you like working with children and want to play a part in their education and wellbeing, this career could be ideal for you. You'll need to the ability to work closely with parents and teachers. You'll also need good literacy and numeracy skills, as well as creative ideas for activities.

Salaries for full-time teaching assistants range from £13,000 to over £18,000 a year. Salaries for full-time HLTAs can start from £16,000 to £21,000 a year.*

*Figures are intended as a guideline only.

On completion of the Level 3 in Support Teaching course, learners can go on to study further in areas such as:



Course Features

Your Support Teaching (Level 3) Course:

    This course aims to present theory and knowledge which will facilitate those working in or seeking to work in a classroom setting alongside teachers, supporting competency skills and expertise.

Study Time

Study Hours are an approximate figure and are dependant upon how much time you can dedicate to your studies and how well you grasp the learning concepts in the course material. Furthermore, at the end of each lesson there is a question paper that needs to be completed and returned to your tutor. You should allow at least 1 - 2 hours of study to complete each question paper.

The approximate amount of time required to complete the Support Teaching (Level 3) course is: 200 Hours

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Key Topics

The Level 3 Support Teaching course is divided into ten comprehensive modules:

  • Module 1: Introduction and ICT (Information, Communication and Technology)
  • Module 2: Supporting learning activities
  • Module 3: Understanding Child Development
  • Module 4: Child Safety and Protection
  • Module 5: Understanding relationships
  • Module 6: Literacy and numeracy activities
  • Module 7: Supporting learning through play
  • Module 8: Supporting performance and assessment activities
  • Module 9: Supporting special educational needs
  • Module 10: Supporting learners in special environments (for example therapy, tests and examinations)
  • Assessments

    When you have completed the programme, your tutor needs to verify that you have worked through all parts of any Workbooks, Activities and Exercises successfully.

    100% of the final mark is made up of an online multiple choice exam.

    Upon verification of the activities, exercises and assignments, you will be awarded your diploma by ABC Awards as confirmation that your written work has met all of the learning outcomes and assessment criteria for the programme.

    Entry Requirements
    Min 16 Years

    All Students must be 16 years of age or above.

    The good news is that no prior learning knowledge or experience is essential to take this course. This course is openly available to anyone wishing to learn more about Support Teaching and would like to take part in a highly rewarding home study course. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and study further, so we try to keep our entry requirements to a minimum.

    You have the freedom to start the course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 12 months from initial registration with full tutor support.

    Home Study Support

    You will be provided with comprehensive materials - Online, designed to provide you with everything required to complete your Support Teaching course. You will have your own personal tutor helping you with your course work and with any questions you may have. Plus you can contact our Student Advisors by email or phone for all the practical advice you may need – so we really are with you 100%.

    What's more, you'll have access to the online student portal, where you can interact with other students, browse our resource library and manage your account.

    Home Study Resources

    You will be provided with comprehensive materials designed to provide you with everything required to complete your course of study. Your course fee covers all textbooks, study folders, and/or online learning aids designed for distance learning.

    This Level 3 in Support Teaching Course pack includes the Student Handbook with all relevant information that you would need to successfully complete the course.


    Level 3 Support Teaching Diploma

    This course is Quality Assured by the Quality Licence Scheme

    At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course).

    The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Oxford Learning has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future.

    The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

    The course itself has been designed to meet specific learners' and/or employers' requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

    Possible Career Path

    Teaching / Classroom Assistant
    Teaching assistants help teachers in schools. They may have other job titles, such as classroom assistant, non-teaching assistant or learning support assistant. Teaching assistants usually work with small groups or with individual children. Their duties vary depending on the particular job and the age of the children. In primary schools their work can include: helping to get the classroom ready for lessons, listening to children read, reading to them or telling them stories, helping children with number work, helping children who need extra support to complete tasks, helping with art and craft activities and displaying work, looking after children who are upset or have had accidents, playing educational games with children and encouraging younger children to learn through play, helping with outings and sports events and helping with routine administrative tasks. In secondary schools most teaching assistants work with individuals or small groups of pupils who have disabilities or learning difficulties.

    Find out more about the Job Role for Teaching/Classroom Assistant .

    Another possible career path is that of a Learning Support Assistant

    What's Included

    Our online courses are fully digitised so you can study on any smart device. Your learning programme is completely flexible so you can study at a pace that suits you. All our content is broken down into bite size chunks to make your learning more manageable and effective. Your course of study is broken down into units and sections, each of which contains lessons, activities and test papers. Courses are delivered on our Digital Learning Environment allowing you to study from anywhere on any smart device as long as you have access to the Internet. The course concludes by preparing you for examination using past papers in your chosen subject.

    As a student, your course fee covers everything you will need to successfully complete the Support Teaching home study course and earn your award:

    • Online study materials to enable the student to successfully complete the course.
    • Completion Certificate
    • Tutor marked assessments (TMAs)
    • Access to the online student portal (Student Chat, Forums and Online Support Resources)
    • NUS Extra Card (discounted membership)
    • One year educational support by e-mail.
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    Further Information
    Award Level: Level 3 Diploma

    Awarding Body: ABC Awards (

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    Professional Membership

    About ABC Awards

    ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government for their qualifications on the national framework i.e. the Qualifications and Curriculum Framework (QCF). It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries.

    As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of examination and assessment expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers They are committed to developing qualifications, which help learners and organisations, by cultivating the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment and skills for life.They work with over 600 centers nationally and many tens of thousands of learners achieve an ABC Awards’ qualification each year.


    What is the difference between Level 3 Diploma and an A Level?

    Our Level 3 Diplomas have been specifically written for us by qualified distance learning course writers who are qualified to at least Level 5 or above. The Level 3 Diplomas are 1 year courses comprising 10 modules followed by an online examination. The course is pitched at Level 3 so is the equivalent level of study as an A Level. On successful completion of the exam, an Oxford College Diploma certificate is issued.

    An A Level is a 2 year course that follows a specific syllabus provided by the corresponding examining body such as Edexcel, AQA and OCR. The A Level carries UCAS points depending on the grade achieved. The A Level is on Level 3 of the National Qualifications Network. A Levels are assessed by exams which have to be attended in person. A Level certificates are provided by the examining boards.

    How is the course accredited?

    The Level 3 Diplomas are accredited by ABC Awards. Our Diplomas do not carry UCAS points. Many of our Diplomas are approved by the CMA (Complementary Medical Association) where students can register as a practitioner and receive advice on setting up a practice and getting the correct insurance.

    How is the course assessed and examined?

    All Level 3 Diplomas are assessed by online examination at the end of the course. The online exam must be taken within the 1 year time limit of the course. The exam consists of 50 multiple choice questions. When you are completely ready to take the exam, please contact us for an authorisation code for one-time access to your exam. We recommend that students also complete all SAPs (Self Assessment Preparation assignments) at the end of each unit to ensure full knowledge has been gained prior to the exam.

    Can I re-sit the exam if I fail?

    You can take an online exam re-sit within 3 months of taking the exam, or before the end of your course, whichever is sooner. There is a £150 charge to re-sit the exam.

    What is the duration of the course?

    Our Level 3 Diplomas last for 1 year from the date of enrolment. All studies and the online exam must be completed within the 1 year time frame.

    Can I extend the course if I don’t finish in time?

    We do offer a course extension programme where Level 3 Diploma courses can be extended for £75 per month for up to 3 months. The extension period starts from the expiry date of the course.

    Can I get into university with a Level 3 Diploma?

    Most universities require UCAS points to gain entry. Some universities accept Level 3 Diplomas in place of A Levels. We urge you to check the entry requirements of your chosen college/university/employer before enrolling on a course with us.

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    If you have paid in full and opted for the Online version, the course access will be emailed to you within 48 hours. The paper version will take 3 weeks after you have received the online version and are happy with the course contents.

    For students, who choose to pay in instalments - you are required to complete the necessary agreement before the course is emailed to you.

    Will I get a certificate on completion of my course?

    You will receive a certificate from the College. A digital version is included in the price and will be emailed to you within 5 days of taking your online exam.

    Should you require an embossed hard copy of your certificate to be sent to you by Special Delivery post, you can order this separately after taking your exam.

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    All our tutors are working professionals in their chosen fields and prefer to be contacted by email. In this way they can record your questions and progress.

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    Yes, all tutors aim to give you feedback on your assignments within 10 working days. However, you do not usually have to wait this length of time.

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    Most of our courses are designed to be completed through assessments so you are not required to take exams except for A Levels and some Bookkeeping courses. However, as mentioned elsewhere, the arrangement for a centre at which to sit your exams is for you to make.

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    To ensure studying is flexible and convenient, most of our courses are divided into sections. You work through each section at your own pace and time. Once completed, send the test paper back to your personal tutor for marking. You will then move onto the next section once successfully completing the previous section. The support period is dependent on the type of course you choose; our minimum support period is one year.

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    Course Outline

    How is this course structured?

    The Level 3 Support Teaching course is divided into ten comprehensive modules:

    Module 1:
    Introduction and ICT (Information, Communication and Technology)

    ICT is now a major part of learning at all levels. Therefore this module will look at ICT and the different mediums that teaching assistants may use to support learning. This will include the use of computers, the internet and looking at portfolio based assessment and feedback.

    The communication part of ICT is also concerned with personal reflection in order to identify strengths, weaknesses and explore practice in order to maintain standards and advance professional development. Therefore this module will look at SWOT analysis, reflective practice and continued professional development, as well as general issues of communication.

    Module 2
    Supporting learning activities

    Supporting learning activities includes supporting teachers, other educational staff and students. This is probably the most important part of the teaching assistant’s role.

    In this unit we look at what is needed in order to plan, support and evaluate learning activities in whatever setting they may take place.

    We will discuss the possible problems you may encounter and how to deal with these; including how to build relationships, strategies and policies etc.

    Module 3
    Understanding Child Development

    This module builds on module 2, We will look at child development and learning in some detail. The module also looks at how child development influences cognition and learning. Therefore there will be some anatomy, physiology and psychology within this unit, together with evaluation of theories.

    The intention of this unit is to give students the opportunity to develop observational skills and the competency to analyse different contexts and situations in order to formulate an appropriate action or activity.

    The module will also include reference to legislation regarding safety, protection and confidentiality.

    Module 4
    Child Safety and Protection

    Working with children requires that you know about procedures and policies within your particular working environment with regard to keeping children safe from harm and provision of a suitable environment. Therefore in this module we will be evaluating the different legislation in place and how this affects the responsibilities and day to day activities of the teaching assistant.

    One of the key frameworks in place and that will be discussed is the Every Child Matters Framework.

    On completion of this module you should be able to identify key legislation and describe what your own role and responsibilities are within the framework. This will include everything from safeguarding children, manual handling, hygiene practices and reporting procedures.

    Module 5
    Understanding relationships

    Building relationships is a key skill within any educational setting. We will have discussed this briefly in module 2 but here we look at the underpinning theories and psychological background. Positive learning experiences is dependent on positive relationships; therefore we look at communication in detail, for example listening, body language etc. these were briefly covered in module 1 but here we look at how communication takes place at different ages. This will involve exploring how language develops, challenges of non-English speaking students, cultural considerations, and the differences when communicating with children compared to young adults.

    Module 6
    Literacy and numeracy activities

    Whether your role includes helping with numeracy and literacy activities or not, you will at some point need to be involved with these in your student support.

    This module discusses how literacy and numeracy skills are promoted and the types of activities that are used to help students in this respect.

    We will look at how children learn to read, write and comprehend as well as assimilate numbers and simple mathematical problems (although there is not the scope within the course to cover these topics in depth). In addition the module will explore different influencing factors such as setting, student ability and prior learning.

    Module 7
    Supporting learning through play

    Children in their early years learn through play activities. In this module we explore the concepts, theories and models of play, and offer supporting theoretical evidence for evaluation and consideration.

    Structured pay activities are designed to facilitate learning in many ways and for specific subjects such as reading and mathematics. The module will look at many example activities and explore the teaching assistant role in this respect. In addition equipment and environment will be discussed.

    Children’s imagination is an important tool in the learning process. Play fosters use of imaginative and cognitive processes. Therefore we will spend some time looking at these and assessing the influence different activities have on skills.

    Module 8
    Supporting performance and assessment activities 

    Assessment in either formative or summative forms is integral to education at all levels. This module will first define and discuss formative and summative assessment and then look at the role of teaching assistants in these processes.

    You will explore different techniques such as observation of social and emotional skills, how to evaluate language and communication skills both with staff and other children.

    The module will also discuss how these observations are reported and discussed with teaching staff.

    In addition and for information we will briefly look at summative assessment and how this may affect the teaching assistant role.

    Module 9
    Supporting special educational needs

    Many students in mainstream education have special educational requirements because of disabilities, learning problems or other contributing factors.

    Teaching assistants in this field may be required to support and liaise with parents, guardians, social workers and other professionals in order to assess progress and develop appropriate actions and activities.

    This module will explore some special education requirements examples together with the legislation which governs provision of these services within educational establishments.

    We will also look at special skills requirements and training.

    Module 10
    Supporting learners in special environments (for example therapy, tests and examinations)

    There is a vast array of different situations where the teaching assistant may be required to support learning and these might be outside the ‘normal’ educational environment. For example you may be required to support learning in therapy sessions as these may be part of the learning programme. This module will look at the supporting legislation and special skills requirement, such as reporting and documenting.

    Invigilating or supervising students during tests and examinations is a common part of the teaching assistance role. The module will look at the processes within the test or examination process and examine the protocols to be observed and skills required for this role.

    At the end of this unit a brief overview of the course will be presented.

    Course Fees

    Our aim is to provide you with the best deal available, therefore any registration fee, certification fee and full tutor support is included in the course price for you. The enrolment fee for the Level 3 Diploma in Support Teaching home study course is £456.25, though for a limited time we are offering you the opportunity to pay only £365 which is a 20% discount if you enrol online and pay in full.

    You can also opt for our Easy Payment Plan and enrol online today by paying a deposit of £91.25 and then 4 equal payments of £91.25 per month. The first instalment is paid about a month after you receive your course.

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    With online & paper based study we post out the course materials to you and you can also access the course online. You can then review them in your own time and complete the assignments which you are required to submit to your personal tutor for marking and feedback.

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    To request a price match refund, please fill out the form below including: the name of the website where the product is cheaper, your full name, telephone number and email if available. You will receive an automated acknowledgment of your request, and we will review the details and reply to you via email within three business days.

    Upon our acceptance of your refund request, please allow 14 days for delivery of your refund which will be credited as a second transaction on your credit or debit card. The time taken for the refund to appear on your credit or debit card statement varies so the amount may not show on your next statement.

    Please note: to avoid potential abuse and to enable us to honour our price-match refund guarantee to genuine customers, the acceptance of all refund requests is ultimately at the discretion of Home Study Expert, who will at all times act reasonably and in good faith.

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    Format Online / Paper
    Study Time 200 Hours
    Entry Requirements Min 16 Years
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