Supporting Teaching & Learning Level 3 Diploma City & Guilds (Flexible Learning) Print this page

Dates: Flexible
Days: Flexible
Sessions: 1
Centre: Sutton - Sutton
Course Code: S10018B13NE
Fees: Standard - £2,225.00
Concessionary - £45.00

Course Information

Concessions rates are only available to:

• Those aged 16-18
• Those aged 19-23 who do not already hold a full Level 3 qualification.

If you fall outside these criteria, you can apply for an advanced learner loan.
Please enquire further for full details on these concessions
Alternatively you can select ‘Full Fee’ when completing your enrolment online’

What are the overall aims of the course?

Throughout the course you will gain knowledge and understanding of both the practical and theoretical aspects of working as a Teaching Assistant to support Teaching and Learning.

What will I learn on the course?

The mandatory modules will ensure that all areas of the National Occupational Standards are addressed. The course will allow the development of a thorough and sensitive approach to the needs of children and allow you the opportunity to gain insight into the importance of viewing education as both an educational and social experience.

The course is made up of eleven mandatory and four optional units and will cover the following topics:

Effective communication with adults and children
How schools are organised
Supporting Teaching and Learning Activities
Promoting positive behaviour
Supporting Assessment for Learning
Promoting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Supporting Literacy, Numeracy and other Curriculum areas
Maintaining learner records
Reflective practice and how to participate in Continual Professional Development
Supporting Health and Safety
Understanding how to safeguard children and young people

On completion of the course you will have demonstrated your knowledge and understanding of each topic and gained skills in, and strategies for delivering good practice in schools.

Your tutor will give you more information about the course at the induction session.

Are there any entry requirements?

Candidates should normally have worked for at least 6 months as a Teaching Assistant and a minimum of 2 days a week throughout the duration of the course. Time spent in placement should encompass the core subjects of literacy and numeracy.

Good literacy skills – with the ability to write at level 3 (A level equivalency) and must provide evidence of a Level 2 literacy qualification by the start of the course. Competent in the use of ICT in order to complete unit assignments and access course information provided online.

Do I need to attend a course approval interview/assessment before I can join this course?


If my course requires a Course Approval interview/assessment, what do I do?

As this course leads to a qualification, you will need to make an appointment for a course approval interview. This is to ensure the course is suitable for you. You may also be asked to complete a test/tests.

To be considered for a place on this course, you will need to make an application by clicking on ‘Apply’. If you do not already have an account with Sutton College, you will need to create one before you can make an application.

When you click on ‘Apply’ for this course, you will be asked for some further information and then directed to a list of available dates/times when you will be able to attend a Course Approval interview/assessment. Please select a time suitable for you.

How will I be taught?

Non-classroom based (including work-based learning)
Flexible Learning

How will I be assessed?

Portfolio of work
Tutor observation

Does the course have any features I should be aware of?

You will need to develop and maintain a professional relationship with the staff at your placement school in order for you to undertake and meet all of the performance criteria and gather necessary evidence for your portfolio.

All the teaching materials are on-line. After you have enrolled you will be assigned a tutor who will help you plan your work and give feedback. You will attend one tutorial with your tutor per month at a mutually convenient time, either on a Saturday or Thursday. The location will be at Sutton Centre.

An assignment must be completed for each unit of study which will require you to read the on-line materials and may require extra research; evidence of your work may take different forms however written assignments are a large part of the course. You will be required to gain evidence from your school placement and may have to speak to key personnel within school to gain the necessary information.

The Level 3 Diploma aims to prepare learners for work supporting the teaching and learning of children in accordance with the National Standards for Teaching Assistants. Learners will gain an appreciation and understanding of issues that affect learning and support learning and will be provided with the knowledge of how to implement national, local and institutional strategies that support pupils learning, development and well-being.
The course is assessed by both the compilation of an e- portfolio of evidence and the meeting of performance outcomes. Both are mapped against set assessment criteria. Each unit will require a knowledge based assignment to demonstrate theoretical understanding whilst performance criteria will be met by the completion of a series of observations, reflective accounts and witness testimonies. Candidates will be observed four times whilst carrying out their Teaching Assistant duties by staff from Sutton College.

Each assignment will be marked and you will be given clear guidance on how to include all the necessary information to meet the unit criteria and improve your work. Feedback will be done on-line and at tutorial sessions.

Following your Sutton College observations an observation report will be completed which will advise you on positive aspects of your current practice and areas to focus on for your own Professional Development.

What do I need to bring with me to class?

Writing materials and folder.

How do I find out if I can get some support for my learning?

Additional Learning Support (ALS) may be made available for learners who, at the time of assessment and/or enrolment, declare a difficulty or disability that may affect their learning. Our service can support learners in English, maths, who are dyslexic, deaf or hearing impaired or who have evidence of other medical issues impacting on learning. Learners can also find information about financial and child care support from the Customer Enquiry Centre.

All learners are entitled to use our iClick - Computer & Digital Learning Centre. For more information please see or contact

You will be issued with a Sutton College e-mail address, which will give you access to Sutton College’s Virtual Learning Environment, called VERA.

There is free guest Wi-Fi available in the College

Can I receive advice and guidance about further education opportunities and careers?

Yes. To find out more about what may be available to you please contact our Advice Team. See

What can I do after the course has finished?

List progression opportunities – especially similar courses we offer at Sutton College.

Who should I contact with any questions?

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