Distance Learning
Fee Information

Fees indicated are based on the current academic year (2019/20) and are subject to change next year.

For students under 19

Our courses & apprenticeships are usually free if you are 18 or under on the 31st of August 2019. Some courses have additional fees for things like materials and travel, which you will need to pay at the start of your course. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support for these costs.

For students aged 19 or over

If you are aged 19 or over you may be required to pay fees. Some courses may be free, depending on your circumstances. Certain Level 3 & 4 courses require you to pay the fee in full or take out an Advanced Learning Loan to pay for your course. Please see our guide to fees for more information.

International Students

Students from outside the EU/EEA need to pay the full international fee for their course. Please note, West London College does not offer Tier 4 Visa Sponsorship for students to study in the United Kingdom.


About this course

If you already work in a school as a teaching assistant, you will find this comprehensive course covers all the skills and knowledge you are expected to have in order to support the teaching and learning of the pupils in your classes. However, the Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools Level 3 is designed for those who work or who want to work in particular specialist areas with children, primarily supporting literacy, numeracy, extra-curricular activities, and in planning and delivering learning activities under the direction of a teacher. To do this, this course is an amalgamation of the Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools level 3, with an addition 4 modular units in these more specialist areas. You will learn how to keep children safe from harm, how they should develop, what to do if they develop differently from other children, and how to maintain positive relationships with children. Modules for this course Module 1: Schools as organisations Module 2: Understand Child and Young Person Development Module 3: Communication and professional relationships with children, young Module 4: Understand How to Safeguard the Wellbeing of Children and Young Module 5: Engage in personal development in health, social care or children’s Module 6: Support Children and Young People's Health and Safety Module 7: Promote equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and Module 8: Support learning activities Module 9: Promote children and young people’s positive behaviour Module 10: Support assessment for learning Module 11: Develop professional relationships with children, young people Module 12: Plan and deliver learning activities under the direction of a teacher Module 13: Support literacy development Module 14: Support numeracy development Module 15: Lead an extracurricular activity

Entry Requirements

You must be aged 19 or over to join this course.

In order to successfully complete a Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning In Schools (RQF) Level 3 qualification you are required to complete a compulsory work placement. The work placement can be paid or voluntary and each learner is responsible for arranging their own placement.

Along with their first set of course materials, learners will receive a comprehensive guide giving them plenty of information on what is required during the placement, how to set it up and the types of activities that they will need to complete (including examples of the types of evidence that will need to be submitted).

Assessment Method

Youll get a question paper at the end of each lesson, and this should take you around 1-2 hours to complete. These papers, once marked by your assessor, will enable your tutor to continually monitor your progress and provide help and advice where needed. The course is estimated to require around 232 hours of study time in total.

Progression Opportunities

If you arent currently employed as a teaching assistant, this course will enable you to apply for this role, and you will feel a lot more confident about going to interview and taking up your new job because of the studying you have done. Any employer will see immediately that you have the knowledge and skills they desire for someone in that role.

Your Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools Level 3 will ensure your CV stands out to employers, and you are more likely to be called for interview and also to get the job you want.

If youre already a dedicated teaching assistant, this level 3 diploma will mean you can apply for more senior roles, such as Senior Teaching Assistant, and you will be able to get a larger salary as a result.


We look forward to welcoming you to Ealing, Hammersmith and West London's College. We are enrolling now. Come along to the College to enrol directly. See our enrolment dates and times. www.wlc.ac.uk/enrol