This qualification is for learners aged 19+. It provides learners with an in-depth understanding of the knowledge and skills needed when working directly with children and young people in school and college environments. It covers all aspects of specialist support, including: planning; delivering and reviewing assessment strategies to support learning alongside the teacher; bilingual support; special needs support; and personal development and reflective practice.
This qualification aims to:
– focus on the study of the supporting teaching and learning
– offer breadth and depth of study, incorporating a key core of knowledge
– provide opportunities to acquire a number of practical and technical skills.
As learners need to show competence in both skills and knowledge, they
will need to be working or be on a practical placement during the duration of
the taught programme of study in a learning environment. At Diploma level learners undertake a total of 200 hours placement in a real work environment.
This is a part time course over one year. Students are required to attend class for 2 hours per week in addition to work placement. Much of the coursework will therefore be completed independently away from the class environment.
Units covered in the level 3 diploma:
– 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
Upon completion of the level 3 diploma learners can progress onto a foundation degree or specialist roles within the workforce.
Depending on your situation, you may be able to access a range of financial support available.