NCFE Level 3 Teaching
Assistant Certificate Course

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If you’re already volunteering or working in a school with children aged five and up, our Level 3 NCFE Teaching Assistant Certificate course is the perfect choice. This course is all about showing what you can do, right there in the classroom. It’s a hands-on way to prove your skills and knowledge and take your classroom involvement to the next level.

Not working in a school yet? Choose our Level 3 Award Course.

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NCFE LEVEL 3 Certificate Course

Perfect Work-Placement Course

Our course is hands-on and includes some real classroom time, so you get to apply what you learn right where it matters most! To make the most of it, you should be working or volunteering in a school. We suggest putting in about 100 hours at a school placement, which works out to roughly 3-6 hours each week.

And if you’re not yet in a school setting, no worries! Check out our NCFE Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools course. It’s a fantastic stepping stone to getting there.

Gain A Genuine OFQUAL Qualification

We know it’s no easy task when deciding which Teaching Assistant course to enrol on. Plenty of choices are out there, so we’ve done our utmost to provide you with the best syllabus you’ll find anywhere.

NCFE certificate included – no extra fees

This course is specially designed to deliver an exceptional, learner-centred experience, ensuring you receive a top-notch education to kickstart your career as a Teaching Assistant. It’s packed with all the essentials you need to thrive in the dynamic world of modern schools, focusing on developing your skills to support children’s learning and well-being effectively.

What’s even better? This course is on the RQF Framework, meaning it’s fully recognised and aacepted by schools across England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. So, when you complete this course, you’ll be all set with the qualifications schools are looking for.

Just so you know, when you sign up with us, your enrolment fee covers your NCFE certificate, which is issued by OFQUAL, the government’s examinations department. This means the certificate you get from us is the same as the one you’d receive from a traditional college that you attend in person. So, you can rest assured it’s fully recognised and respected by schools across England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Isn’t that great?

A Flexible And Fully Supported Home Study Course

Our friendly tutors are always here to help with any questions you might have. The best part? You’ll have the same tutor offering you one-to-one expert guidance all the way until you pass. They’re just a phone call or an email away whenever you need them.

Our course offers a brilliant blend of practical assessments in the classroom and regular written assignments to keep you engaged and learning actively. To complete the course, you’ll need to be in a voluntary or paid work placement, as it’s essential for you to be working in a school. We suggest being in the school for about 3-6 hours each week to get the most out of your learning experience.

We’re here to support you every step of the way, so don’t hesitate to reach out. Looking forward to seeing you excel in your journey to becoming a teaching assistant!


The latest 2024 RQF syllabus included

This course follows the latest 2024 RQF school guidelines with up-to-date information. You must volunteer or work in a school classroom to enrol on this course. Please see our Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools course if you don’t have a school placement.

We take enrolments all year round, and one of the biggest benefits of home study is you can make your study fit around you and your schedule. You get full 1-1 access to your personal tutor, who will guide you through the course, help prepare you for your assignments, and provide full feedback on your course progress. You can also include printed course materials, which is ideal if you prefer paper-based study to online learning. Our passion will enable you to interact with your tutor as you complete each unit. Full tutor support is offered throughout the course to ensure you pass as easily as possible.

NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning


Lessons covered in this course:

Understand how children and young people develop
RQF Unit Reference A/616/5882
Unit Level Level 3
Guided Learning 25 hours
Credit Value 3

This unit explores:

The expected pattern of development for children and young people from birth – 19 years

  • The factors that influence children and young people’s development and how these affect practice
  • How to monitor children and young people’s development and interventions that should take place if this is not following the expected pattern
  • The importance of early intervention to support the speech, language and communication needs of children and young people
  • The potential effects of transitions on children and young people’s development
Understand how to safeguard children and young people
RQF Unit Reference M/616/5880
Unit Level Level 3
Guided Learning 25 hours
Credit Value 4

This unit explores:

  • The main legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding children and young people
  • The importance of working in partnership with other organisations to safeguard children and young people
  • The importance of ensuring children and young people’s safety and protection in the work setting
  • How to respond to evidence or concerns that a child or young person has been abused, harmed or bullied
  • Understand how to work with children and young people to support their safety and well-being
  • Understand the importance of e-safety for children and young people
Schools and colleges as organisations
RQF Unit Reference T/616/5878
Unit Level Level 3
Guided Learning 10 hours
Credit Value 2

This unit explores:

  • The structure of education from early years to post-compulsory education
  • How schools are organised in terms of roles and responsibilities
  • School ethos, mission, aims and values
  • The legislation affecting schools
  • The purpose of school policies and procedures
  • The wider context in which schools operate
Support health and safety in a learning environment
RQF Unit Reference A/616/5879
Unit Level Level 3
Guided Learning 20 hours
Credit Value 3

This unit explores:

Maintaining high standards within Health & Safety within any classroom.

Teachers can enhance their lessons/courses by creating a safe and supportive learning environment. This can be achieved through the initial assessment process, confidentiality within the classroom, Health & Safety and by being approachable.

Support positive behaviour in children and young people
RQF Unit Reference F/616/5883
Unit Level Level 3
Guided Learning 20 hours
Credit Value 4

This unit must be assessed in accordance with the TDA assessment principles

Policies and procedures of the setting relevant to promoting positive behaviour eg:

  • behaviour policy
  • code of conduct
  • rewards and sanctions
  • dealing with conflict and inappropriate behaviour
  • anti-bullying
  • attendance

Inappropriate behaviour is behaviour which conflicts with the accepted values and beliefs of the setting and society. Inappropriate behaviour may be demonstrated through speech, writing, non-verbal behaviour or physical abuse.

Challenging behaviour may involve:

  • verbal abuse (eg. racist comments, threats, bullying others)
  • physical abuse (such as assault of others, damaging property)
  • behaviour which is destructive to the child/young person
  • behaviour which is illegal
Develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults
RQF Unit Reference T/616/5881
Unit Level Level 3
Guided Learning 15 hours
Credit Value 2

This unit must be assessed in accordance with the TDA assessment principles.

Forms of communication eg:

  • spoken language
  • play
  • body language
  • sign language

Communication differences between individuals which may create barriers to effective communication between them eg:

  • language
  • sensory impairment
  • speech, language or communication impairment
  • cognitive abilities
  • emotional state
  • cultural differences

Strategies and techniques to promote understanding and trust in communication, eg:

  • active listening
  • avoiding assumptions
  • using questions to clarify and check understanding
  • summarising and confirming key points
Support English and maths skills
RQF Unit Reference L/616/5885
Unit Level Level 3
Guided Learning 25 hours
Credit Value 4
Support the use of ICT in the learning environment
RQF Unit Reference M/616/5958
Unit Level Level 3
Guided Learning 15 hours
Credit Value 3
Support assessment for learning
RQF Unit Reference J/616/5965
Unit Level Level 3
Guided Learning 15 hours
Credit Value 3

Information required to support assessment for learning:

  • the learning objectives for the activities
  • the personalised learning goals for individual learners
  • the success criteria for the learning activities
  • the assessment opportunities and strategies relevant to own role in the learning activities

Personalised learning goals will reflect the learning objectives of activities and take account of the past achievements and current learning needs of individual learners.

Assessment opportunities and strategies are the occasions, approaches and techniques used for ongoing assessment during learning activities, such as:

  • using open-ended questions
  • observing learners
  • listening to how learners describe their work and their reasoning
  • checking learners? understanding
  • engaging learners in reviewing progress
  • encouraging learners to keep in mind their learning goals and to assess their own progress to meeting these as they proceed
  • encouraging learners to review and comment on their work before handing it in or discussing it with the teacher
  • praising learners when they focus their comments on their personalised learning goals for the task
Support children and young people during learning activities
RQF Unit Reference J/616/5884
Unit Level Level 3
Guided Learning 25 hours
Credit Value 4

Information required to support learning activities includes:

  • relevant school curriculum and age-related expectations of learners
  • the teaching and learning objectives
  • the learning resources required
  • own role in supporting the learning activities
  • any additional needs of the children or young people involved

Resources to support learning activities including:

  • materials
  • equipment (including ICT)
  • software
  • books and other written materials

Learning support strategies to support the needs of learners, for example:

  • creating a positive learning environment
  • managing behaviour
  • encouraging group cohesion and collaborative learning
  • prompting shy or reticent learners to ask questions and check understanding
  • translating or explaining words and phrases
  • reminding learners of teaching points made by the teacher
  • modelling correct use of language and vocabulary
  • ensuring learners understand the learning tasks
  • helping learners to use resources relevant to the learning activity
  • providing individual attention, reassurance and help with learning tasks as appropriate to learners? needs
  • modifying or adapting activities

Social organisation and relationships, for example:

  • learner grouping
  • group development
  • group dynamics
  • the way adults interact and respond to learners

Problems relating to:

  • the learning activities
  • the learning resources
  • the learning environment
  • the learners
  • assessment
Engage in personal and professional development
RQF Unit Reference L/616/5966
Unit Level Level 3
Guided Learning 15 hours
Credit Value 3

Participation involves:

asking children and young people what works, what doesn’t work and what could work better; and involving them in the design, delivery and evaluation of services, on an ongoing basis.

Equality of access:

ensuring that discriminatory barriers to access are removed and allowing for children and young peoples individual needs

Anti-discriminatory practice:

taking positive action to counter discrimination. This will involve identifying and challenging discrimination and being positive in own practice about differences and similarities between people


a process of identifying, understanding and breaking down barriers to participation and belonging.

Course Entry Requirements – school placement required

To enrol on this NCFE Level 3 Certificate course, you need to work or volunteer in a school with key stage 1 and above (5 years +) as it includes observations in the classroom (nursery or reception classes are not eligible).

NCFE recommends 100 hours of practical experience in the school classroom for between 3 – 6 hours per week. This observation can be completed by a qualified teacher, assessor, or a higher management level.

  • School placement is required.
  • No formal qualifications are required.
  • You must be over 16 years of age.
  • Enrolments are open all year.

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A genuine government certificate from NCFE & OFQUAL

Study with us, and you will gain exactly the same government-accredited qualifications and certificates as at a local college.

Upon course completion, you will receive a government-regulated NCFE Level 3 RQF certificate that’s fully recognised & accepted by all primary and secondary schools, including colleges. There’s no mention of distance learning or home study anywhere on the certificate, and we guarantee it’s exactly the same qualification that attendance-based colleges provide.

Enrolment fee includes NCFE certificate, all your course materials and full tutor support.

( RQF’s have now replaced the old NVQ & QCF qualifications )

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