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Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching & Learning in Schools


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£495 inc VAT
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Study method
Distance learning, self-paced
Qualification
Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF)
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Additional info
  • Exam(s) / assessment(s) is included in price
  • Tutor is available to students

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Overview

The course is available to learners 16+ who are working within a school, particularly in the role of a Teaching Assistant, Classroom Assistant or Learning Support Assistant. It is a competence based qualification which requires students to be employed in a school setting or to have placement. In particular it is for those members of the school workforce who directly support teaching & learning of pupils in an area that requires specialist knowledge and skills.

The qualification is designed for those learners already working or volunteering in a learning support role in a school environment who want to develop their knowledge and skills or confirm occupational competency. There is a requirement for assessment in a real work environment so learners must have a placement (either as a volunteer or as a member of staff) in a school environment. Learners must be at least 16 to take this qualification.

Aims

The course aims to enable learners to understand the roles and responsibilities of those involved in supporting teaching and learning in schools, especially where that support requires specialist knowledge and skills.

This is a competence based qualification designed for those already working or volunteering in a school environment, directly supporting the teaching and learning of pupils in an area that requires specialist knowledge and skills, within primary, secondary or special schools. It is suitable for adult learners completing it as a standalone qualification to confirm occupational competence whilst working in various specialist support roles.

Learners will develop the knowledge and skills required to provide specialist support to teachers and pupils, including:

  • supporting children with special education needs
  • supporting children’s speech, language and communication
  • supporting disabled children
  • supporting learners with behavioural emotional and social development needs

Learners will also develop a wide range of personal, transferable skills, such as teamwork, mentoring, communication skills, self - assessment, planning and personal development which will benefit them as they progress through employment roles.

Qualification

Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF)
Regulated by Ofqual

Description

The course is designed for home study or distance learning and is comprised of comprehensive printed course notes presented in an A4 ring binder, together with course assignments and study guide. Tutor support and a student helpline facility are integral to the course, and students have a full 12 months in which to complete their studies. Actual study time will be of the order of 350 hours.

The course is divided up into 14 study units, each with one tutor marked assignment to be completed. Each assignment contains approx 8-10 written tasks to be completed which are then submitted to a subject tutor for marking. Where required assignments can be re-submitted after amendment in the event that the assessment standards are not full met on first submission

The course units and topics are as follows:

Unit 1: Understand Child and Young Person Development. (L/601/1693)

This unit provides knowledge and understanding of how children and young people from birth to 19 years develop, including underpinning theoretical perspectives. It also includes actions taken when differences in development are identified and the potential effects of transitions on children and young peoples development.

Unit 2: Understand How to Safeguard the Wellbeing of Children and Young People. (Y/601/1695)

This unit provides the knowledge and understanding required to support the safeguarding of children and young people. The unit contains material on e-safety.

Unit 3: Support Children and Young People's Health and Safety.(D/601/1696)

This unit provides the knowledge, understanding and skills required to support children and young people’s health and safety. It requires a demonstration of competence in recognising hazards and undertaking risk assessments in the work setting.

Unit 4: Engage in personal development in children & young people’s settings. (A/601/1429)

This unit is aimed at those who work in health or social care settings or with children or young people in a wide range of settings. The unit considers personal development and reflective practice, which are both fundamental to such roles.

Unit 5: Support learning activities. (F/601/4073)

This unit provides the knowledge, understanding and skills to support learning activities. It requires competence in supporting the planning, delivery, assessment and review cycle.

Unit 6: Promote children and young people’s positive behaviour. (A/601/4069)

This unit provides the knowledge, understanding and skills required to promote children and young people’s positive behaviour. It requires demonstration of competence in promoting positive behaviour, managing inappropriate behaviour, dealing with challenging behaviour and contributing to reviews of behaviour and behaviour policies.

Unit 7: Develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults. (H/601/4065)

This unit covers the competence required to develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults.

Unit 8: Promote equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people. (M/601/4070)

This unit provides the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to promote equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people. It requires demonstration of competence in promoting equality and diversity and supporting inclusion.

Unit 9: Support assessment for learning. (A/601/4072)

This unit provides the knowledge, understanding and skills to support assessment for learning. It requires demonstration of competence in using assessment strategies to promote learning, supporting learners to review their learning strategies and achievements, and working with the teacher to review assessment for learning processes and outcomes.

Unit 10: Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults. (F/601/3327)

This unit provides the knowledge and understanding which underpins effective communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults.

Unit 11: Schools as organisations. (A/601/3326)

This unit aims to prepare the learner for working in a school. It covers knowledge and understanding of the structure of education, how schools are organised, school ethos, mission, aims and values, legislative and policy frameworks and the wider context in which schools operate.

Unit 12: Support children’s speech, language and communication. (T/600/9789)

This unit promotes the knowledge, understanding and skills to support the development of speech, language and communication of children in a school setting.

Unit 13: Support disabled children and young people and those with special educational needs (H/601/7726)

This unit provides the knowledge, understanding and skills to support children in school who have a disability or have a special educational need and require additional provision.

Unit 14:Support children and young people with behaviour, emotional and social development needs (Y/601/7707)

This unit provides the knowledge, understanding and skills to support Children and young people with behaviour, emotional and social development needs including those:

  • who experience emotional and behavioural difficulties
  • who are withdrawn or isolated or display school phobic reactions
  • who are disruptive and disturbing, hyperactive and lack concentration
  • with immature social skills or personality disorders
  • presenting challenging behaviours which may arise from other complex

Who is this course for?

The course is available to learners 16+ who are working within a school, particularly in the role of a Teaching Assistant, Classroom Assistant or Learning Support Assistant. It is a competence based qualification which requires students to be employed in a school setting or to have placement. In particular it is for those members of the school workforce who directly support teaching & learning of pupils in an area that requires specialist knowledge and skills.

The qualification is designed for those learners already working or volunteering in a learning support role in a school environment who want to develop their knowledge and skills or confirm occupational competency. There is a requirement for assessment in a real work environment so learners must have a placement (either as a volunteer or as a member of staff) in a school environment. Learners must be at least 16 to take this qualification.

Requirements

Students should have prior experience of learning or teaching support, and be employed (or in a placement) which enables them to gather the practical evidence of learning required to meet the qualification standrads.

Career path

The course is deigned for people in teaching or classroon support or general learning support and who wish to acquire the skills required to provide additional support in a classroom environment.

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Anita asked:

Would this qualification enable you to work in nursery schools?

Answer:

Thank you for yur emauiry. The course is intended for teaching and learning assistants in schools but would also allow supervised employment in a nursery. It would not however meet the full level requirements for working unsupervised in a nursery which requires a competence based level 3 qualification assessed in the workplace..

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Mel asked:

How do I send my assignments off to be marked? By post, email or online?

Answer:

Assignments can be posted or emailed as preferred by each student.

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Tracy asked:

Could you please tell me if we can pay monthly for this course ?

Answer:

Thank you for your query. As the course would be purchased through Reed Online you would need to ask them direct about payment options.

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Tracy asked:

Do you have a tutor come out to observe you or is it all done inhouse at school ?

Answer:

All of the assignments are completed in a school placement, and must be supervised by a qualified member os the teaching staff who verifies and authenticates the assignment documentation.

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Caroline asked:

Given the Coronavirus situation, how can we complete this course if we are unable to gain a placement within a school setting?

Answer:

Four of the 14 study units are assessed on knowledge and understanding alone and so can be completed before a placement begins. Elements of the other units can be prepared in advance so that practical evidence can be added once a placement is possible. In addition we will add and extension to the 12 month study time, equivalent to the term time lost during the school closures.

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Kirsty asked:

This course states that observations are included within the price but who comes to may work place to do these observations?

Answer:

The course is assessed through a series of assignments containing information, knowledge and skill questions, In placemens,t students need to generate evidence of activities and practical skills, and nominate a qualified supervior to verify and sign the evidence . This would normally be the class teacher supervising the placement.

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June Ramsey asked:

Does this Qualification level 3 diploma in teaching and learning cover working in a supporting accommodation with young people.

Answer:

The qualification once completed enables working in teaching support roles in a school or college. The requirements for supporting accomodation will be set by the setting's head so you would need to check before embarking on the course/qualification.

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bas asked:

Hi I have gained some of these units in previous level 3 qualifications can I use them towards the course units or will I have to take them again?

Answer:

Hello. Provided that the units you have studied are the identical same units, and you have certificaton for them then yes we can provide exemptions so that they would not need to be taken again. Regards,

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Lucie asked:

Can you also confirm this qualification will qualify me with a Level 3 Diploma?

Answer:

Yes. Thhe course provides a fully recognised level 3 diploma qualification which is listed by the regulator, Ofqual. Regards,

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Lucie asked:

How long does it take to complete this course? Is learning support available?

Answer:

The course takes around 300 hours of study, including placement hours spent gaining experience in a school (or college). This can be done over a period of months and support is provided for 12 months from registration and you can use as much of that period of time as you wish, but study at your own pace.

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