The NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools is a competence-based qualification. A competence-based qualification is based on National Occupational Standards and is a job-ready qualification which requires learners to demonstrate the skills and knowledge required to work in a specific industry. A competence-based qualification must be assessed in the workplace in accordance with the relevant assessment requirements.This qualification is for those members of the school workforce who directly support the teaching and learning of pupils.

Entry Guidance

There aren't any specific recommended prior learning requirements for this qualification. However, learners might find it useful if they've already completed qualifications in a relevant area at Level 2. This qualification is suitable for learners aged 16 and above.

Progression and Development Opportunities

Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to:

  • NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Cover Supervision of Pupils in Schools
  • NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools
    This qualification also allows progression into the workforce.


Credit Transfer

One of the benefits of the QCF is that learners can transfer credit from one qualification to another. Learners who've already achieved one or more of the units included in this qualification elsewhere can transfer the credit already achieved. Simply let us know which units are being achieved by credit transfer on the Certificate Claim Form.

How are they Assessed?

They will be assessed by your tutor or assessor using a range of methods. This could include tasks such as designing charts or leaflets, coursework or methods such as oral questioning.

Do you need to be working to take the Qualification?

No, as these are knowledge only qualification.

How long do they take to complete?

You can usually complete this in a year or less.

Which type of Job Roles can Learners Apply for on Completion?

This qualification do not qualify you to work but do provide a starting point for deciding whether a career in the sector is right for you.

Qualification Reference Number

Certificate: 501/0403/2