About the course
This practical part-time course is for those who directly support the teaching and learning of children and young people in schools, colleges and educational settings.
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 5+. 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
- Schools and colleges as organisations
- Support health and safety in a learning environment
- Understand how to safeguard children and young people
- Develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults
- Understand how children and young people develop
- Support positive behaviour in children and young people
- Support children and young people during learning activities
- Support English and maths skills
- Support the use of ICT in the learning environment
- Support assessment for learning
- Engage in personal and professional development
- Support children and young people’s speech, language and communication
- Understand how to support bilingual learners
- 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
A variety of learning styles including online tasks, discussions, group working and debates.
Access to online resources and our on campus learning centre as well as PC and laptop's for assisting with your research.
- You will be required to provide relevant evidence from your workplace to prove competency levels
- Direct observation of performance takes place within your workplace
- Refective journals
- Written questions
- Professional discussions
Observations are an ongoing process that requires your co-operation to ensure that your assessor is able to access your workplace to do this.
- A minimum of Level 2 functional skills in literacy (English) and numeracy (maths)
- A good standard of ICT
- You will need to be employed in an educational setting for approximately 15 hours a week supporting pupils aged 5+ or supporting students in a Further Education setting working with learners with special educational needs
- Working for a minimum of 200 hours per year in a school or college
- Volunteers in schools considered but must have an established work placement
- 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|
|19/09/18||09.30 - 12.30 (Wednesday)||1 year||Main campus||£2,225* (eligible for 19+ Advanced Learning Loan)|
|20/09/18||17.00 - 20.00 (Thursday)||1 year||Main campus||£2,225* (eligible for 19+ Advanced Learning Loan)|
|12/12/18||09.30 - 12.30 (Wednesday)||1 year||Main campus||£2,225* (eligible for 19+ Advanced Learning Loan)|
|13/12/18||17.00 - 20.00 (Thursday)||1 year||Main campus||£2,225* (eligible for 19+ Advanced Learning Loan)|
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