A selection of courses designed to guide Learning Assistants through their new role or gain credit for work they are already doing within the school environment. 

Level 4 Certificate in Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) (RQF)

 The TQUK Level 4 Certificate for Higher Level Teaching Assistants (RQF) is regulated by Ofqual.

The qualification was developed in association with NCC Resources.

Qualification Purpose

This qualification is aimed at learners employed in a teaching assistant role who wish to progress to Higher Level Teaching Assistant status. The purpose is to develop learners’ knowledge, understanding and skills to enable them to address the challenges that they meet in their workplace. They will also develop an understanding of the knowledge required to support individuals and small groups and to support individuals with a range of additional needs.

Entry Requirements

It is recommended that learners have a minimum of level two in literacy and numeracy or equivalent and be working/volunteering in a school as a teaching assistant.  The qualification is suitable for learners of 16 years of age and above.

This qualification is made up from the following units: 

Unit 1: Understand the Higher-Level Teaching Assistant Role

Unit 2: Child Development and Welfare

Unit 3: Awareness of Special Educational Needs

Unit 4: Promoting Positive Behaviour in Children and Young People

Unit 5: Providing Support for Individual Learners and Small Groups

Unit 6: Developing Skills to Promote Positive Working Relationships

Unit Seven: Curriculum Planning, Delivery and Assessment

Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools (RQF)

Qualification Purpose 

The TQUK Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools (RQF) to develop the knowledge and competence of learning support staff whose working role is in a specialist area and/or across a varied range of responsibilities. Learners will be working under the direction of a teacher who has overall responsibility for teaching and learning in the classroom. They will contribute to planning, implementing and evaluating learning activities and will work alongside the teacher to support whole class activities, as well as working on their own with individual, or groups of, pupils. Job titles may include: teaching assistant; classroom assistant; learning support assistant; additional needs assistant; pastoral/welfare support assistant; bilingual support assistant; foundation stage assistant; learning guide; learning coach; induction mentor; team leader. 

The TQUK Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools (RQF) can be used as the combined knowledge and competence component of the Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools. 

Entry Requirements 

There are no specific entry requirements however learners should have a minimum of level two in literacy and numeracy or equivalent. The qualification is suitable for learners of 16 years of age and above. 

Progression 

Successful learners can progress to employment within primary, special and secondary schools in both the state and independent sectors where there are opportunities to take on a wider range of responsibilities or to move into other roles across the wider children's workforce e.g. child care, play work or youth work. Specialist roles may be applicable, dependant on the specialist optional units taken. 

This qualification is comprised of the following units: 

Unit 1: Communication and Professional Relationships with Children and Young People

Unit 2: Schools as Organisations

Unit 3: Understand Child and Young Person Development

Unit 4: Understand How to Safeguard the Wellbeing of Children and Young People

Unit 5: Support Assessment for Learning

Unit 6: Support Learning Activities

Unit 7: Engage in Personal Development in Health, Social Care or Children’s and Young People’s Settings

Unit 8: Promote Children and Young People’s Positive Behaviour

Unit 9: Support Children and Young People's Health and Safety

Unit 10: Develop Professional Relationships with Children, Young People and Adults

Unit 11: Promote Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Work with Children and Young People

Unit 12: Support children and young people to achieve their education potential

Unit 13: Support children and young people to make positive changes in their lives

Unit 14: Facilitate the learning and development of children and young people through mentoring

Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (RQF)

Qualification Purpose
The TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools provides learners with the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding to enable them work in the following roles; teaching assistant, classroom assistant, learning support assistant, additional needs assistant, pastoral/welfare support assistant, bilingual support assistant or foundation stage assistant. The roles must be under the direction of the class teacher, whose lesson planning and day-to-day direction set the framework within which the individual works.

Entry Requirements
There are no specific entry requirements however learners should have a minimum of level two in literacy and numeracy or equivalent. Learners are required to be actively working or volunteering in a school environment in order to demonstrate competence in knowledge and skills.

There may be a requirement, by their employer, for learners to be checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service: https://www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check/overview or if they intend to work
with learners who are covered by these regulations (formerly Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)). It is the learner's responsibility to seek advice from their employer regarding this.

The qualification is suitable for learners of 16 years of age and above.

Qualification structure

This qualification is based around the following units: 
1. Equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people. 
2. Maintain and support professional relationships with children and young people. 
3. Communication and professional relationship with children, young people and adults
4. Child and young person development
5. Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
6. Support children and young people's positive behaviour
7. Support children and young people's health and safety
8. Supporting learning activities
9. Help improve own and team practice in schools
10. Schools as organisations
11. Prepare and maintain learning environments.

Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools (RQF)

Qualification Purpose

The purpose of the qualification is to introduce learners to the knowledge required to work in the school

sector in a range of support functions including: administrative roles, site support roles, technical roles or

working with children and young people. Areas covered include child and young person development,

safeguarding welfare of children and young people, communication and professional relationships,

equality and diversity and schools as organizations.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements however learners should have a minimum of level one in

literacy and numeracy or equivalent.

The qualification is suitable for learners of 16 years of age and above.

Qualification structure

Learners must achieve 12 credits, from mandatory units: 

1:   Child and young person development

2:   Safeguard the welfare of children and young people

3:   Communication and professional relationship with children, young people and adults

4:   Equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people

5:   Schools and organisations

Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (RQF)

The TQUK Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (RQF) is regulated by Ofqual.

Qualification Purpose

The TQUK Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (RQF) provides learners with the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding to enable them work in the following roles; teaching assistant, classroom assistant, learning support assistant, additional needs assistant, pastoral/welfare support assistant, bilingual support assistant or foundation stage assistant. The roles must be under the direction of the class teacher, whose lesson planning and day-to-day direction set the framework within which the individual works.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements, however, learners should have a minimum of Level 2 in literacy or equivalent. Learners should be keen to work in the sector to support teaching and learning in schools. They should also have attention to detail and be willing to work in a team environment, whilst also being willing to work using their own initiative when required.

There may be a requirement, by their employer, for learners to be checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service https://www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check/overview or if they intend to work with learners who are covered by these regulations (formerly Criminal Records Bureau CRB)). It is the learner’s responsibility to seek advice from their employer regarding this.

The qualification is suitable for learners of 16 years of age and above.

This qualification is made up of the following units: 

Unit One: Communication and Professional Relationship with Children and Young People

Unit Two: Schools as Organisations

Unit Three: Understand Child and Young Person Development

Unit Four: Understand How to Safeguard the Wellbeing of Children and Young People

Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (RQF)

TQUK Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (RQF) is regulated by Ofqual.

Qualification Purpose
The TQUK Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (RQF) provides learners with the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding to enable them work in the following roles; teaching assistant, classroom assistant, learning support assistant, additional needs assistant, pastoral/welfare support assistant, bilingual support assistant or foundation stage assistant. The roles must be under the direction of the class teacher, whose lesson planning and day-to-day direction set the framework within which the individual works.

Entry Requirements
Learners should have a minimum of Level 2 in literacy or equivalent. Learners should be keen to work in the sector to support teaching and learning in schools. They should also have attention to detail and be willing to work in a team environment, whilst also being willing to work using their own initiative when required.

The TQUK Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching Learning in Schools (RQF), contains competence based units, therefore learners must be working in an appropriate school environment for a minimum of 12 hours per week. This can include voluntary and unpaid work.

There may be a requirement, by their employer, for learners to be checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service https://www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check/overview or if they intend to work with learners who are covered by these regulations (formerly Criminal Records Bureau CRB)). It is the learner’s responsibility to seek advice from their employer regarding this.

The qualification is suitable for learners of 16 years of age and above.

This qualification is made up of the following units: 

Unit One: Communication and Professional Relationship with Children and Young People
Unit Two: Schools as Organisations
Unit Three: Understand Child and Young Person Development
Unit Four: Understand How to Safeguard the Wellbeing of Children and Young People
Unit Five: Support Assessment for Learning
Unit Six: Support Learning Activities
Unit Seven: Engage in Personal Development in Health, Social Care or Children’s and Young People’s Settings
Unit Eight: Promote Children and Young People’s Positive Behaviour
Unit Nine: Support Children and Young People's Health and Safety
Unit 10: Develop Professional Relationships with Children, Young People and Adults
Unit Eleven: Promote Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Work with Children and Young People