About the course
This course is for those who directly support the teaching and learning of children and young people in schools and educational settings. It is a practical, part-time course which includes optional units enabling the qualification to be tailored to the age and needs of your pupils being supported, your work setting and your own particular area of specialist working.
The Diploma must be assessed in the workplace by a vocationally competent assessor to confirm occupational competence. You will need to be employed or volunteer in the educational setting for approximately 15 hours a week supporting pupils aged 4-16 years who are in year R or above. The Diploma will be achieved in one academic year.
Those who are employed by an educational setting and working 20 hours a week may be eligible to do an apprenticeship. Apprenticeships are work-based learning programmes which allow you to gain a nationally recognised qualification whilst developing new skills in the workplace. Apprenticeships will be achieved in 18 months.
All candidates will need to attend weekly college sessions and spend approximately 3-6 hours home study each week.
* If you are aged 19 or over and are starting a further education course at level 3 or above, you may qualify for a 19+ Advanced Learning Loan. This course is eligible for a 19+ Loan – for more information on how to apply click here.
What you will learn
This course comprises of 11 mandatory units totalling 32 credits plus 12 credits from a group of 38 optional units. Selection of optional units will be a matter of choice for candidates in consultation with their work setting and own particular area of specialist working. Career aspirations and employment requirements should be taken into consideration.
- Communication and professional relationships
- Schools as organisations
- Supporting learning activities
- Promote positive behaviour
- Developing professional relationships
- Promote equality and diversity
- Support assessment for learning
- Engage in personal development
- Health and safety
- Understand child and young people development
- Safeguard wellbeing
Optional units include:
- Supporting numeracy
- Supporting literacy
- Support bilingual learners
- Support disabled children and young people and those with special educational needs
- Support learners with communication and interaction needs need
Direct observation of performance takes place within your workplace. This is an ongoing process that requires your co-operation to ensure that your assessor is able to access your workplace to do this. There are also written questions and professional discussions.
- A good standard of English, maths and ICT is required
- You will need to be employed or volunteer in the educational setting for approximately 15 hours a week supporting pupils aged 4-16 years who are in year 1 or above (NOT reception year), or supporting students in a Further Education setting working at or up to Key Stage 4 and/or with special educational needs.
- You will be required to attend an interview at the College prior to enrolling onto the course
Dates, times & fees
|Start Date||Course Times||Duration||Campus||Fees|
|20/09/17||09.30 - 12.30 (Wednesday)||1 year||Main||£2,225* (eligible for 19+ Advanced Learning Loan)|
|21/09/17||18.00 - 21.00 (Thursday)||1 year||Main||£2,225* (eligible for 19+ Advanced Learning Loan)|
|10/01/18||09.30 - 12.30 (Wednesday)||1 year||Main||£2,225* (eligible for 19+ Advanced Learning Loan)|
|11/01/18||18.00 - 21.00 (Thursday)||1 year||Main||£2,225* (eligible for 19+ Advanced Learning Loan)|
- Higher education qualification
- Paid employment within the sector