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Specialist Support of Teaching & Learning in Schools L3 Diploma

Course aims

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.

Course length

30 weeks, 3 hours per week in class plus 200 hours in a placement (approximately 10 hours per week)

Who is the course for?

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.

Will I gain any qualifications?

You will gain a Cache Level 3 diploma.

Do I need any knowledge, skills or qualifications?

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.

What could this course lead to?

This course can lead to employment as an assistant in a school setting and as a route into higher education.

Course content

  • Identify and understand communication and professional relationships with children and young people.
  • Understand how to plan and deliver learning activities under the direction of a teacher.
  • Become familiar with the delivery of the national curriculum in your school setting.
  • Explain the importance of monitoring and maintaining learning resources.
  • Understand the importance.

How will I learn?

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

What materials or equipment will I need to provide?

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.

Your commitments as a learner

To achieve success on the course you will need to:

  • Attend regularly. If you need to miss a class, please let us know in advance, if possible.
  • Attend placement.
  • Have sufficient time for self-study and completion of homework.
  • Complete the course.
  • Complete all the assessments.
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