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

Adult Skills & Training

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Course introduction

Gain the knowledge and skills needed to work directly with children or young people in the school environment with this Level 3 qualification. 

As a learner you will select a range of units based around your job role within the school environment. 

Mandatory units: 

  • Understand child and young person development
  • Understand how to safeguard the wellbeing of children and young people
  • Communication and professional relationships with children and young people
  • Schools as organisations
  • Support learning activities
  • Promote children and young people's positive behaviour
  • Develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Promote equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people
  • Support assessment for learning
  • Engage in personal development in health, social care or children's and young people's settings
  • Support children and young people's health and safety

Teaching & learning

You will be taught through a variety of methods including:

  • Lectures
  • Group and individual work
  • Discussion
  • Presentations

Minimum entry requirements

  • It is recommended that you are employed in a school envionment in order to show competence in both knowledge and skills to support your coursework. 
  • If you are volunteeting within a school environment, then you will need to have substantial hours and full support from the school. This is to ensure you are demonstrating a degree of independence and responsibility. 
  • Good skills in Maths and English are essential for those working in an educational environment, so learners may undertake Functional Skills as part of their programme if necessary. 

How will I be assessed?

Methods of assessment could include:

  • Professional discussion
  • Reflection on own practice in real work situations
  • Coursework
  • Learner's own plans and written records 

Skills and knowledge that reflect good practice will be assessed through observation in the workplace and a portfolio of written evidence.

Information & support

You will need to purchase your own stationery during the course of your qualification. This includes a ring binder and dividers, A4 paper and pens.

You will also require access to the internet. 

Course fees & Duration

There is a course cost of £2,225.

This course is eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan from the Student Loans Company. For more information please visit: www.gov.uk/advanced-learning-loans .

What can I do with this qualification?

Qualifications gained from this course:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF) - Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education (CACHE);  a specialist Awarding Organisation for the Care and Education Sector
  • Functional Skills, if applicable, in English and Maths.

Upon successful completion and providing you have sufficient experience in the workplace, you may consider progression to HLTA or a Foundation Degree.

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