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Supporting Teaching and Learning (Level 3 Diploma)

Course Overview

Entry requirements

To enrol on this course, you must:

  • be 19 years old or older
  • be working or volunteering in a learning environment (school or college) for a minimum of 10 hours per week.
  • have successfully completed the Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning (if you have not, the tutor may take relevant experience into account, but you will need to demonstrate an academic ability to work at Level 3)
  • have Literacy and numeracy skills at level 2 equivalent (or working towards)
  • attend an interview and complete an initial assessment with the programme team
  • Information

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    This qualification provides learners with an in-depth understanding of the knowledge and skills needed when working directly with children and young people in school and college environments.It covers all aspects of specialist support, including planning; delivering, and reviewing assessment strategies to support learning alongside the teacher; bilingual support; special needs support; and personal development.

    You can expect to study:

    • schools and colleges as organisations
    • children and young people's development
    • safeguarding the welfare of children
    • professional relationships with children and young people
    • health and safety
    • behaviour management
    • equality, diversity and inclusion
    • learner support
    • support English and maths skills
    • support the use of IT in the learning environment
    • support assessment for learning
    • understand how to support bilingual learners
    • support children and young people's speech, language and communication
    • understand how to support learning of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities
    • support children and young people during transitions
    • support the role of play, leisure and extra-curricular activities for children and young people

    Essential Digital Skills in Education 

    You will also be given an opportunity to gain an extra qualification in digital skills alongside your vocational course. An extra hour will be provided to support you with these skills. This course will cover areas such as:

    • how to use your phone, laptop or PC
    • how to solve simple technical problems
    • how to create documents including images and video
    • how to use online communication such as e-mail, social media or video calls (e.g. Zoom)
    • how to use software programmes such as Edexcel 
    • how to stay safe online
    • Assessment Criteria

      You will be required to produce a personal portfolio of evidence demonstrating your understanding and competence in practice of the learning outcomes of the Level 2 qualification. All students will attend a work placement to gain real work experience and be assessed by a qualified assessor.

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    What Can This Course Lead To

    On completion of this course, you can progress onto the Level 4 Certificate for the Advanced Practitioner in Schools and Colleges, a Level 5 Foundation Degree or specialist roles within the education sector.

    Typically, students will go on to work in a school or college as a teaching assistant. Students may wish to look for work as a general classroom assistant or as a support assistant for individuals with specific learning needs.

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