A male teacher in his class room.

Step into Schools Entry Level 3

Who is this course for?

Considering a career change?

Looking for employment that works around child commitments?

Have you really enjoyed home learning, supporting your children and watching them grow?

Do you want to learn the basics and expectations of the role of a Teaching Assistant?


Then this course may be for you.


Course Details

This course is the first step into working within a school environment. It is aimed at learners who are thinking of a change in career and need to improve their skills before entering onto a qualification course.  The course is aimed at a range of learners, including young people, mature learners, learners with special educational needs or where English is an additional language, learners who are thinking of working in a school setting.
The outcomes of this course will be:
  • Gain awareness of the different types of school settings
  • Gain awareness of safeguarding in schools – CPD certificate in SAFL safeguarding adults and children – E safety workshop offered
  • Gain an awareness of healthy eating for a chosen age group
  • Gain an awareness of school subjects for a chosen age group
  • Gain an understanding of communication with both children and families






Start Date

End Date


Ron Davis Centre, Smethwick Friday 10am - 12pm 01/10/2021 10/12/2021


Entry Requirements:

You will need to provide evidence that you have any of the following:

  • Been a resident of the UK/EU for the past three years.

  • Proof of immigration status
  • ​Aged 19+

​This course requires you to have English at Entry 2/3 as a minimum. Before you can join this course, you will be required to complete a formal initial assessment for English. 

It is important that you are available to attend all your classes as non-attendance reduces your ability to achieve on your course.


The benefits of this course:

  • The course is a steppingstone into working within a school environment.

  • Beneficial for those looking for a career change but unsure if working in schools is right for them.

  • Can lead onto further qualifications within the framework of working in schools. 



On successful completion of the course you will receive a Sandwell Adult and Family Learning Service certificate of achievement. 



All the classes are run by a qualified and experienced tutor.  Learners will attend set classes each week and experience a variety of learning activities including tutor demonstration, practical activities, role-play, group discussion and research.

It is important that learners attend all classes, as not attending reduces their ability to achieve on the course.

Next Steps:

Learners can progress onto the Level 1 Preparing to Work in Schools and Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools and Colleges.

We also have Information, advice and Guidance qualified staff who can advise learners on progression and other opportunities.


Are there any additional costs?

There are no fees for this course it is funded by the West Midlands Combined Authority, which is government funding.


This is a 20-hour course that runs over 10 weeks.