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Course Mode
Start Date
Start / End Time
9:30am - 12:30pm
34 Weeks
Westmorland Campus

Education & Childcare

Childcare and education is one of the most exciting and rewarding sectors and one that needs top quality staff at all levels and offers plenty of career choice, working with children of all ages and within various settings.

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Course Overview

This qualification is designed to provide a specialist work-related qualification that gives learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment at this level. It also offers career development and opportunities for those already in work.

The QCF Level 3 Diploma offers an engaging programme for those who want to work in a support role in schools (primary, secondary or special schools)

Learning Styles
The course will help you learn by encouraging you to develop knowledge and understanding. You will also have an individual assessor to support you through a variety of methods, in particular, group discussion.

The Diploma is a 54 credit qualification that consists of 16 mandatory units.

Units include:
- Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
- School as organisations
- Support learning activities
- Promote children and young people's positive behaviour
- Support English & Maths skills
- Support children and young people's speech, language & communication
- Understand how to support the learning of children, young people with special educational needs
- Support the role of play, leisure and extra-curricular activities for children and young people

Although there are no examinations, candidates should be aware that there is a substantial theoretical element that underpins your practical competence. You will be assessed in your workplace or placement, through a wide variety of assignment briefs, and via your portfolio of evidence compiled during the course.

A qualified assessor will assess you in your working environment. This will help provide evidence to meet the practical assessment criteria.

Entry Requirements

You will be required to provide proof of substantial experience of supporting in a classroom. Acceptance on the course is subject to an interview.

You will need to be working or on placement within a school environment.

You will need a current DBS check.

You will need to feel confident that you can support literacy and numeracy at the level required in your work role.

All students interested in this course should contact the course tutor, prior to enrolment:


After Your Course

This Level 3 Diploma is a recognised qualification for working in schools as a Teaching Assistant or Special Attachment Welfare Assistant.



The fee displayed is the course fee. Course fees are per year for full-time courses and per course for part-time courses.

Other costs may be associated with this course, e.g., kit, equipment, books, trips, etc. Financial support may be available to support you with these. See the Student Money pages for more information.

Courses fees

The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2024/25 academic year.

Level 3-6 Courses

Advanced Learning Loans are available for students aged 19 or over and studying eligible level 3, 4, 5 & 6 courses. If you are on an Access course, the loan will be written off if you complete a degree.

You may qualify for financial support to cover the cost of a Level 3 qualification if you do not already have a Level 3 qualification (this will depend on the course & your age on 31/08/24).

Please speak to Student Services for more information on course fees.


The fees displayed are for the one-year AS-Level course. If you would like to progress onto the full A-Level, please get in touch with us for the cost of the second year, as it will be different.

16-18 year olds

There are no course fees if you were aged 16-18 on 31/08/24 and are not studying at another institution.