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Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching Learning

Course Level: 

Level 3

Job opportunities after this course: 

You may be able to apply for the post of Teaching Assistant or Learning Support Assistant in a school setting.

Overview of the course: 

Class work including demonstrations, discussions and practical work. Subject information is given via lectures, videos, visits, speakers, handouts and demonstrations. You will need to attend placement for a minimum of 1 day or 6 hours per week. You will also be observed by an assessor whilst attending placement to meet the competency element of the course.

Entry requirements: 

Applicants should have achieved GCSE at 4 grade in English and mathematics. Applicants must also be able to demonstrate the potential to act independently and safely. All candidates must be interviewed, and receive a satisfactory DBS (Disclosure Barring Service). Additionally, Learners must have successfully completed and achieved the Level 2 Supporting Teaching and Learning qualification.
Direct entry is only considered based on the applicants experience in the sector and completion of a skills test. Entry onto any course at East Durham College is subject to final approval from the Assistant Principal. Where relevant, the term ‘entry requirements’ also includes DBS checks, references, fitness to practice, etc.


To complete the qualification learners must gain 32 credits in total. Some topics include; Curriculum, supporting pupils with particular needs, safeguarding and health and safety.

How is the course assessed?: 

All units are individually assessed and are graded pass or refer. All assessment criteria of the chosen units must be achieved in order to obtain a pass. Assessment methods include direct observation of practice, witness evidence, professional discussion and written assignments.

Further study options after this course: 

Successful completion of the course may enable learners to gain employment in the school sector.

Length of the course: 

1 evening per week. One year


Peterlee Campus

When does the course start: 

September 2021


Fees for this course are;

Free if you are under the age of 19 on the 31st August 2021

Loan funded. Contact us for details of how to apply for an Adult Learner loan, which you won’t have to start repaying until you earn over £25,725 per annum.

Alternatively you may self fund the course. If you need to pay fees they are:


*you must have been a legal resident of the UK/EU for the last 3 years

*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (04 Dec 2020 21:09) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

How to apply: 

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Alternatively, if you need assistance with your application or you would like to apply over the phone or using a paper-based application form, please call Student Services on 0191 518 8222.

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