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Supporting Teaching & Learning: Level 3 Cerificate (Distance Learning)

Course information

Course Summary

This qualification provides learners with an 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 elements including children and young people’s development, safeguarding their welfare, and communication and professional relationships.

Course Code:FCN3TUA
Study Type:Part Time
Academic Level:Level 3
Award:Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning
Awarded by:NCFE
Course Detail

This qualification may be right for learners who would like to gain further knowledge and understanding needed when working directly with children and young people in a school or college environment. This course is designed to introduce learners to the Supporting Teaching & Learning sector. This should support learners in identifying their interests within the sector to support their progression to further training or qualifications, and/or into employment. It is also suitable for those who are either working in the schools and colleges field or for those who are thinking working in the sector.

The aims of the course:

  • To focus on the study of the supporting teaching and learning
  • Offer breadth and depth of study, incorporating a key core of knowledge
  • Provides opportunities to acquire a number of practical and technical skills.
  • Provide learners with knowledge and skills needed to work in a school or college environment
  • Provide a steppingstone into further learning within the sector

The objectives of this qualification are to help learners to:

  • Understand 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
  • Support English and Maths skills
  • Support the use of ICT in the learning environment
  • Support assessment for learning
  • Engage in personal and professional development
  • Support children and young people’s speech, language, and communication
  • Understand how to support bilingual learners
  • Understand how to support learning of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities
  • Support children and young people during transitions
  • Support the role of play, leisure and extra-curricular activities for children and young people

Learners work through the course materials for the programme through distance learning, therefore, there is no need to attend the college to gain the qualification. The course is delivered using different methods to meet the learning objectives.

Course Fees


Payment for the course can be made direct either by the learner or employer. Alternatively, an Advanced Learner Loan may be available to help learners aged 19 and over pay for the course costs.

Please note: Fees are for 2022/23 entry and are for home and EU students of all ages. For more information about financial support for students, please click here.

Entry Requirements

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). This must be the minimum of 100 hours.

Learners should have the necessary foundations to undertake the programme of study at level 3. This should include related Level 2 subjects of Support Work in Schools and Supporting Teaching & Learning and/or a foundation of formal qualifications such as appropriate Level 2 standard in English, so you can access resources and complete the unit assignments. You will also need to demonstrate commitment and motivation to work through the specially prepared distance-learning materials. Learners will be required to carry out work experience as part of the course programme. As part of the entry requirements learners will also be required to complete the initial assessment for digital skills and assignment writing.

Your Next Steps

The qualification aims to provide a sound preparation for further study and access to a range of vocational qualifications, including level 2 Learning Support, level 3 Award in Education and Training & Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training, level 3 & 4 Assessing Quality Assurance/ Internal Quality Assurance.

Other Information


This Nescot College website describes the facilities and courses which the College intends to offer during the academic year commencing Autumn 2022. The web pages are prepared in advance of the academic year to which they relate and every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in these pages is helpful, fair and accurate at the time of printing. However, this information is subject to change over time.

Nescot will take reasonable steps to provide the courses and services as described, however, the College cannot guarantee the provision of any course or facility. Some circumstances, such as staff changes, resource limitations and other factors over which the College has no control, such as industrial action or a change in the law or the level of demand for a particular programme or module (please note that this list is non-exhaustive), may result in the College having to withdraw or change aspects of the programmes, modules and/or student services detailed on the website. This could include, but not necessarily be limited to, programme/module content, staffing, the location where the programme/module is taught or the manner of teaching delivery, and the facilities provided to deliver or support the programme. Where circumstances demand an unavoidable change or where it is necessary for the College to discontinue a programme of study, Nescot will take all reasonable steps to minimise the effect and all proposed changes will be notified to potential applicants who have registered an interest in the relevant programme at the earliest possible opportunity as well as being reflected on the College’s website. In addition, any changes between the website and the proposed course and services will be notified to applicants at the time of making an offer.

All prices quoted may be subject to change and you will be notified of any such change when any offer of a place is made to you by Nescot.

Should you become a student of the College, this notice shall be a term of any contract between you and Nescot. Any offer of a place at the College shall be subject to the student enrolment conditions and the College’s rules and regulations as amended from time to time. A copy of the Nescot’s current terms and conditions can be obtained in writing from Nescot, Quality Office, Reigate Road, Ewell, Epsom, Surrey, KT17 3DS.

Last updated - 04/11/2021