Teaching Assistant

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Qualification type: Diploma
Level: Level 3
Awarding body CACHE
Academic year: 2018/2019
Start date September 2018; 9am
Duration 34 weeks
Location: Darlington College
Attendance: Part time

Course overview

The qualification you will receive on completion of this study programme is, Level 3 Diploma Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools.

The course will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the knowledge and skills needed when working directly with children or young people in school environments.

The course is suitable for those wanting to pursue a career or who are currently in the role as a teaching assistant, learning support assistant, parent support advisers, learning mentors or similar roles at a Level 3.

The course includes 2 days a week in a school environment as a placement.

Anyone wishing to apply for this course must also complete the suitability declaration form which will be sent to you at the point when we invite you to interview.

Course costs

Costs shown are per course







This course could be free depending on your personal circumstances. Please contact the college on 01325 503030 for further information about assistance with course fees.

Entry requirements

You will need 5 GCSEs at Grade A*- C including English or maths. You must also supply details of two personal referees who are not relatives and the college will write to them to obtain up to date references to support your application.

You will be required to attend an interview at the college and we will request a school or college report.

You will need to have a clear Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check at Enhanced Level.

How to enquire/apply

To apply for this course please click the apply button and complete the online application form. If you have any queries with regards to your application or would like further information and support please contact us on 01325 503030.

How will I be assessed

You will be assessed by your tutor through a range of methods. This could include direct observation within the workplace, a portfolio of evidence, or written assignments.

What next

You could gain employment in a school setting or work towards the Working with Children and Young People Foundation Degree.

Information, advice and support

Darlington College offers a wide range of support including careers guidance, financial assistance, additional learning support, childcare and many more. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Student Services Team on 01325 503030 and they will direct your call to the appropriate college support team.

What if I need support?

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

Enquiry Form

If you have any questions about this course, send us a message using the form below.