Speech Language and Communication Advanced Course

Level 3 Qualification

Structure of the qualification

The Speech, language and communication advanced course: Level 3 qualification is made up of two mandatory units and one optional unit from a choice of four. As a learner, you will only be able to start your optional unit once you have completed your mandatory units.

Each unit has a number, for example, A/601/2872. This relates to its reference number which you can use to find units registered on the Qualifications Credit Framework (QCF).

Each unit has a credit value, which tells you how many credits are awarded when a unit is completed. The credit value also gives an indication of how long it will normally take you to prepare for a unit. One credit is approximately 10 hours of learning. However, every learner is different and the number of hours is for guidance only.

Discussions about your elective (there are options but it isn’t optional – so this reduces confusion) Unit will begin once your studies are well under way. Your tutor will provide guidance about this when the time is right.

Course Modules

The two mandatory units are: 



Support speech, language and communication development


Support children and young people's speech, language and communication skills

The four elective units are: 



Support the speech, language and communication development of children who are learning more than one language 


Supporting positive practice with children and young people with speech, language and communication needs


Understand the speech, language and communication needs of children and young people with social, emotional and mental health needs


Work with parents, families and carers to support their child’s speech, language and communication development

How to achieve your Level 3 Award

  • To achieve this unit you must successfully complete 6 portfolio tasks demonstrating that you have the knowledge and skills to meet the assessment criteria.
  • You will find your portfolio tasks at key points in your materials for each learning outcome of this unit as well as in the following slides. Portfolio tasks are clearly marked so you can distinguish them clearly.

Begin your course!




NCFE Centre Policies: 

All assessors supporting learners to achieve this Award abide by quality standards set by the Awarding Body NCFE. Speech and Language UK work in partnership with Reeves Consultancy and Training Ltd (Trading as Course Beetle) who are an NCFE Approved Centre.

The policies below are provided for your reference if required. You do not need to download them, but are free to if you wish. Should you have any issues or queries your first point of contact should always be your personal tutor, who is there to guide and support you.