• LevelLevel 3
  • Age group19+
  • Duration1 Year
    1 Day per Week - Wednesday 5-7pm and online workshop (remote learning) Thursday 5-6pm
  • Awarding bodyCity & Guilds


The Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools is designed for support staff whose role requires competence across a range of responsibilities.

The frameworks provide training for the roles of teaching, classroom and learning support assistant, special needs assistant and behaviour support assistant/coordinator.

Course Information

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For more information call Course Information on
01642 333333 or email courseinfo@mbro.ac.uk.

Modules offered may vary.

Modules will include:

  • Communication and Professional Relationships with Children, Young People and Adults
  • Schools as Organisations
  • Support Learning Activities
  • Promote Children and Young People’s Positive Behaviour
  • Develop Professional Relationships with Children, Young People and Adults
  • Promote Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Work with Children and Young People
  • Support Assessment for Learning
  • Engage in Personal Development
  • Support Children and Young People’s Health & Safety
  • Understand Child and Young Person Development
  • Understand How to Safeguard the Well-being of Children and Young People

You will also cover some specialist subjects that are relevant to your work role.


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Start date Wednesday 22nd September

1 Day per Week - Wednesday 5-7pm and online workshop (remote learning) Thursday 5-6pm


Entry requirements

You must have achieved five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including English and Maths plus 2 suitable references. You will be required to complete a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS check.)

Tutors/assessors will use a variety of assessment methods which will include assignment work, questions, discussion and reflective accounts.

You can progress to further study.

The College Careers Service is available to all our students. We can help you when deciding which course or option you wish to take. During your course we ensure you develop employability skills and gain relevant experience. We provide information, advice and support when completing your course and progressing to work or going into higher education. When applying for university we can provide support with the UCAS application and Student Finance.


Tuition fees are free if you are a UK or home- fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course.

If you are aged 19 or over, you may be required to pay fees depending on your residency status, educational background and personal circumstances.

However, you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan. You can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan from Student Finance England (SFE) to fund all or part of the fee. For information on Advanced Learning Loans go to www.gov.uk/advanced-learning-loans/
Please note any fee shown excludes any additional costs to learners for any necessary equipment, materials, uniforms or any visit/residential that learners are required to participate in.


Please click the apply now button at the top of this page which will take you to an application form to apply for A Levels, or you can download a full time course application here and print it out, complete the form and send it to the College. You only need to apply once for A Level programmes. After receiving your application form you will be invited to attend an informal interview where you will have a chance to discuss which specific A Level subjects you would like to enrol on.


If you have any queries with regards to your application or you would like further information and support, please contact our Admissions Team on (01642) 333601. Or if you have any enquiries about courses, please contact Course Information on (01642) 333333 or e-mail CourseInformation@mbro.ac.uk.

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Additional Information

Learning Support

We understand that students may require a little extra help during their studies, which is why our learning support team are on hand to help learners with a learning difficulty or support need achieve their full potential.

Financial Support

Whatever your age or level of study, we offer a comprehensive financial support service and bursary scheme to help you through your time at Middlesbrough College. From childcare assistance to travel packages, we pride ourselves on giving expert advice and support.

Travel Information

We are situated in a fantastic location, just a stone’s throw from Middlesbrough town centre. As well as being a matter of minutes from both the train and bus stations, eligible students can also benefit from free travel.