Credit value: 44

Guided Learning Hours: 232

Total Qualification Time (TQT):400

Awarding Body : EDEXCEL

What is the purpose of this qualification?

The Edexcel Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools combines knowledge and practice for those specialist support staff roles that directly support teaching and learning. The Level 3 Diploma recognises competence in both generic and specialist aspects of supporting teaching and learning in schools. The purpose of this qualification is to confirm occupational competence.

What does this qualification cover?

The Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools is a 44 credit and 232 guided learning hour (GLH) qualification that consists of 11 mandatory units plus optional units that provide for a combined total of 44 credits, where at least 40 credits must be at Level 3 or above.

The Diploma is made up of the 11 mandatory units in the Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools together with optional units covering specialism such as supporting literacy and numeracy development, supporting a curriculum area, behaviour support, additional support needs for example gifted and talented, special educational needs, bilingual support/English as an additional language, pastoral and welfare support, examination invigilation, extra-curricular activities, working with parents, learning guide, induction mentor, team leadership.

The 11 Mandatory units:

Unit  01: Communication and Professional Relationships with Children, Young People and Adults (credit 2)

Unit 02: Develop Professional Relationships with Children, Young People and Adults (credit 2 )

Unit 03: Engage in Personal Development in Health, Social Care or Children’s and Young People’s Settings (credit 3)

Unit 04: Promote Children and Young People’s Positive Behaviour (credit 3 )

Unit 05: Promote Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Work with Children and Young People (credit 2)

Unit 6 :Schools as Organisations (credit 3)

Unit 07: Support Assessment for Learning (credit 4)

Unit 08:  Support Children and Young People’s Health and Safety (credit 2 )

Unit 07: Support Learning Activities (credit 4 )

Unit 10:Understand Child and Young Person Development (credit 4)

Unit 11: Understand How to Safeguard the Wellbeing of Children and Young People(credit 3)

Optional units will be chosen between yourself and your assessor.

How is this qualification assessed?

This qualification is assessed through internal assessment by your tutor or assessor using a range of methods  (written assignments, observation, practical tasks, portfolio of evidence, centre devised assessments etc).

Who could take this qualification?

This qualification is for all learners aged 16 and above, for learning support staff with a working role which requires competence in a specialist area and/or across a varied range of responsibilities. They will be working under the direction of a teacher who has overall responsibility for teaching and learning in the classroom. They will contribute to planning, implementing and evaluating learning activities and will work alongside the teacher to support whole class activities, as well as working on their own with individual, or groups of pupils.

What could this qualification lead to?

Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to:

  • Pearson Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training.

Can this support university progression?

Certainly – It is equivalent to 3 A levels

Potential job roles for those working towards this qualification are:

  • Teaching Assistant
  • Classroom Assistant
  • Learning Support Assistant
  • Team Leader
  • Learning Mentor