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Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF)


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Introduction to the Qualification


The TQUK Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF) is regulated by Ofqual.

Qualification Purpose

The TQUK Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF) and TQUK Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF) provide learners with the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding to enable them work in the following roles; teaching assistant, classroom assistant, learning support assistant, additional needs assistant, pastoral/welfare support assistant, bilingual support assistant or foundation stage assistant. The roles must be under the direction of the class teacher, whose lesson planning and day-to-day direction set the framework within which the individual works.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements, however, learners should have a minimum of Level 2 in literacy or equivalent. Learners should be keen to work in the sector to support teaching and learning in schools. They should also have attention to detail and be willing to work in a team environment, whilst also being willing to work using their own initiative when required.

The TQUK Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF), contains competence based units, therefore learners must be working in an appropriate school environment for a minimum of 12 hours per week. This can include voluntary and unpaid work.

There may be a requirement, by their employer, for learners to be checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service: or if they intend to work with learners who are covered by these regulations (formerly Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)). It is the learner’s responsibility to seek advice from their employer regarding this.

Learners must be at least 16 years of age at certification.

Progression

Successful learners can progress to other qualifications such as:

  • Intermediate/Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Level 3 Certificate in Cover Supervision of pupils in Schools
  • Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Level 2 qualifications in Children’s Care, Learning and Development, Play Work or Youth Work Practice

Structure

Learners must achieve 12 credits from four mandatory units to be awarded the TQUK Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF)

Guided Learning Hours

The credit value of a qualification is based on the time taken by the average learner to achieve the learning objectives. One credit equates to 10 hours of learning. These hours are made up of contact time with a teacher/assessor, referred to as guided learning hours (GLH), and non-contact time for study and assessment activities.

internally marked and sampled as part of quality assurance/internal verification procedures.
Recording documents for the assessments can be found on the TQUK Management Suite.

The assessment and quality assurance process will be subject to external quality assurance/verification by TQUK.

Assessment must meet the requirements of the Training and Development Agency for Schools QCF Assessment Principles (Appendix 1). The qualification contains some units which must be assessed in line with Skills for Care and Development’s QCF Assessment Principles.

The recommended assessment methods for these qualifications are:-

  • Practical Demonstration
  • Group Discussion
  • Case study
  • Written assignment
  • Observation of learner’s skills
  • Question and answer sessions

All learning outcomes must be met to achieve a Pass – there is no grading.

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