Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning

This course is suitable if you wish to work as a classroom assistant in a school or college setting.


Academic Year: 2023/24
Course Code: 10934
Campus: Bangor, Downpatrick, Lisburn, Newtownards, Ballynahinch, Holywood, Newcastle
Study Type: Part-Time
Education Level Further Education
Department: Health & Care

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Course Overview

This course has replaced the "Classroom Assistants CCEA Level 3 course"

This qualification provides learners with an in-depth understanding of the knowledge and skills needed when working directly with children and young people in school and college environments. It covers all aspects of specialist support including planning, delivering and reviewing assessment strategies to support learning alongside the teacher; bilingual support; special needs support; and personal development and reflective practice. Access NI clearance will need to be processed for each student at a cost of £33 (Which can be done through the College) All candidates must have their Access NI completed and a placement secured before commencing the programme.  (If there is anything in the check that stops you from working with children the place will be forfeited).  

There are 11 units to study including the following:

  • Schools and colleges as organisations
  • Support health and safety in a learning environment
  • Understand how to safeguard children and young people
  • Develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Understand how children and young people develop
  • Support positive behaviour in children and young people
  • Support children and young people during learning activities

You wish to work as a classroom assistant or enhance knowledge if currently in post or provide a stepping stone into further learning in the sector.  

How to support children’s learning; the psychological stages of development and its relationship to learning. 

The flexible, adult teaching and the experience of working in a school settings.

After successful completion of this qualification you can then progress on to the Level 3 Award in Working with Children and Young People with Special Needs or Learners can progress onto the Level 3 Diploma supporting teaching and learning which carried UCAS points.

As learners need to show competence in both skills and knowledge, they will need to be working or be on a practical placement during the duration of the taught programme of study, in a learning environment (school or college).

CACHE recommends that the learner undertakes 100 hours of placement in a real work environment

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Terms & Conditions

Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

We strive to ensure the description of courses on SERC's website and in publications is accurate. However, for various reasons there may be occasions when the College may need to change arrangements or be unable to deliver classes due to circumstances such as reduced funding. If there are insufficient numbers applying for a course it may not be viable to deliver the class.

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