Course Type: Part Time

C&G Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching & Learning

  • Course Code AAA0463
  • Day Weekdays
  • Time Evening
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Baltic Campus


If you want to work as a teaching assistant, classroom assistant, learning support assistant or special needs assistant in a primary, secondary and special school, this course is for you. It replaces the NVQ Level 3 teaching assistant qualification.


To gain entry to the course, you should have:

  • a GCSE or equivalent at grade C or above in English
  • at least one years experience working with children
  • Level 2 qualification in literacy and numeracy (or be working towards this)
  • a basic knowledge of ICT skills (as all assignments need to be word processed)


The course covers the following units:

  • Child Protection
  • Importance of positive relationships
  • Supporting learning activities
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Observation and Assessment


You must be at least 16 years of age and be working in a school at foundation stage, or key stages 1-4, for the whole period of the course. It is expected that a teaching assistant at this level has a wide range of responsibilities within the school, either as a paid employee or regular volunteer.

Your attendance at college must be a minimum of 80% to successfully complete the course.

All students will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check following Safeguarding and Data Protection protocols. 

An interview is required and a DBS check is required.

How to apply

You can register your interest for this course online, call 0191 490 2246 or email start@gateshead.ac.uk.

Qualifications needed

2 GCSEs grade C (4) or above in English and maths.

Required experience

Relevant work experience in a childcare setting - this will be discussed at interview.

The cost of this course varies depending on your age and circumstances.

If you are under 19 years old, this course is free.

If you are aged over 19 years old you may qualify for free or reduced price course fees, depending on your circumstances.

If you already have a full level 3 qualification and are aged 19 years over, you can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan or pay the fee upfront in full and qualify for a 10% discount.

For an up to date cost and more finance information please visit an Enrolment Event, call 0191 490 2246 or email us at start@gateshead.ac.uk

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