To provide learners with a secure understanding of the knowledge and skills needed when working directly with children and young people in school environments. To enhance the skills and knowledge of teaching assistants, learning support workers, parent support advisors and those in a similar role.
195 hours – usually 39 weekly sessions of 5 hours – and 200 placement hours.
The course is intended to be a progression route for assistants and workers already employed in this role in school settings on a paid or voluntary basis. It is essential for productive outcomes that all learners have a working knowledge of the impact of the support of teaching and learning in schools and have some hands-on experience of working in such a setting.
NB: This course requires a serious commitment and applicants should think carefully about their ability to undertake and achieve these objectives before enrolling.
You will gain a Cache Level 3 diploma.
You would normally be expected to hold level 2 STLS, and have level 2 qualifications in English and Maths. You will need to have a good command and understanding of written and spoken English. It is also advisable that you upgrade these skills to GCSE grade A*-C by the time you qualify. Proof of at least 200 placement hours is required.
This course can lead to employment as an assistant in a school setting and as a route into higher education.
You will have information delivered by tutors as well as developing self-directed learning so that you can carry out your own research and enter into productive group and paired discussions. You will demonstrate your learning and skills by producing work and evidence for your portfolio which will be carried out as homework or practical work in the school setting.
You can choose from a number of optional specialist units to gain an additional 12 credits to make your certificate up to a diploma
The most important resource you will have is your willingness to learn. You should also have a supply of pens, paper and a usb memory device.
To achieve success on the course you will need to: