Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Certificate Level 3

Course Code: SUTS3
Learning Aim Code: 50111231
Full-time / Part-time: Part-time
Duration: One Year - Autumn and Spring Intake
Campus: Paget Road campus

Is this the right course for me?

Are you passionate about your vocation and thinking about furthering your career in supporting children to achieve their potential? Then this course is right for you!

This is a vocational course requiring a weekly attendance in college. The Level 3 STLS qualification presumes that you support and work with other members of staff, as well as with children, and are able to act independently in your role. It is therefore strongly advised by the awarding body that you are employed in a school or, under exceptional circumstances, this qualification may be achieved if you work on a voluntary placement providing you can meet the course criteria and have the full support of the school.

This qualification aims to:
  • Provide the underpinning knowledge and understanding for those directly supporting the teaching and learning of pupils in schools
  • Develop the skills necessary for work as a teaching assistant or similar role
  • Assess competency in the role as teaching assistant in the school workplace environment

We have a 98% success rate on this course and excellent feedback from our past students. In fact, many of our past students have gone on to take up posts in a variety of schools ranging from early years to secondary in both mainstream and special provision.

While you are on this course you will benefit from supportive and knowledgeable tutors and assessors and by sharing good practice from fellow learners.

What will I learn?

During this course you will study:

  • Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Schools as organisations
  • Understand child and young person development
  • Understand how to safeguard the well being of children and young people
  • Support learning activities
  • Promote children and young people’s positive behaviour
  • Develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Promote equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people
  • Support assessment for learning
  • Engage in personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
  • Support children and young people’s health and safety

What skills will I gain?

By studying this course you will:

  • Apply appropriate communication skills relating to the context and audience requirements
  • Work in line with the school organisational structure
  • Develop an awareness of when a pupil is not meeting developmental targets and act appropriately
  • Use professional judgment to safeguard pupils in and out of the school environment
  • Support pupils to meet their individual learning targets
  • Use assertive behaviour management strategies to promote positive behaviour
  • Demonstrate appropriate professional qualities when working with pupils and adults
  • Demonstrate an ability to treat all within the school environment with equal concern
  • Use assessment to support learning
  • Demonstrate an ability to continuously develop as a professional
  • Identify potential risks and use appropriate methodology to overcome such risks

How will I be assessed?

This is a portfolio based course so there are no exams. You will be continually assessed throughout the units on the course by your tutor and assessor. There are several components to the assessment: Written and practical assessment and lesson observations.

What can I do next?

The skills you will learn from this course will enable you to:

  • Progress on to the Foundation Degree in Supporting Inclusive Practice, BA degree in Education or PGCE
  • Pursue a career in teaching

What are the Entry Requirements?

To access this course you are required to:

  • Ideally have a Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools or equivalent, or have relevant occupational experience
  • Be working at Level 2 or have achieved Level 2 in English and maths
  • Provide evidence of existing competence in supporting literacy, numeracy and ICT within the National Curriculum framework in a school of further education setting.
  • Be working with individual pupils, groups of pupils or in a whole class environment, under the direction of a teacher or independently, for a minimum of one day a week, ideally two or more.
  • Be working as part of the whole school team and have the support of the head teacher to compete the level 3 qualification
  • Attend an interview to determine your interest, commitment and suitability for the course
  • Have valid and current DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) in place, or applied for one

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