The Specialist Support for Teaching & Learning in Schools (QCF) – Level 3 Course is suitable for those who are in the role of a teaching assistant who directly support teaching and learning of pupils that may require specialist knowledge and skills.

The qualification is designed for those learners already working or volunteering in a learning support role (Teaching Assistant, Classroom Assistant or Learning Support Assistant) who want to develop their knowledge and skills or confirm vocational proficiency. There is a requirement for assessment in a real work environment such as within primary, secondary or special schools, so learners must have a placement (either as a volunteer or as a member of staff) in a school environment. Learners must be at least 16 years old to take this qualification.

This course provides successful students with a Level 3 Diploma Qualification listed on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) Database with 44 credits.

Students will develop the knowledge and skills required to provide specialist support to teachers and pupils, including:

  • Supporting children with special education needs.
  • Supporting children’s speech, language and communication.
  • Supporting disabled children.
  • Supporting learners with behavioural emotional and social development needs.

Students will also develop a wide range of personal, transferable skills, such as teamwork, mentoring, communication skills, self- assessment, planning and personal development which will benefit them as they progress.

Work Placement Requirements: Because this is a competence based qualification, students will need to have a placement in a school or educational setting in which to gather evidence of skills and learning, and you will need to nominate a workplace supervisor who will oversee your practical evidence gathering. It is recommended that students have a work placement for the duration of their studies. This could be a full time position or a voluntary position of 1 or 2 mornings, afternoons or days per week.

This course also covers the full syllabus of the Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools.

The Course Covers the Following 14 Mandatory Units:-

  • Unit 1: Understand Child and Young Person Development. (L/601/1693)

This unit provides knowledge and understanding of how children and young people from birth to 19 years develop, including underpinning theoretical perspectives. It also includes actions taken when differences in development are identified and the potential effects of transitions on children and young people’s development.

  • Unit 2: Understand How to Safeguard the Wellbeing of Children and Young People. (Y/601/1695)

This unit provides the knowledge and understanding required to support the safeguarding of children and young people. The unit contains material on e-safety.

  • Unit 3: Support Children and Young People's Health and Safety. (D/601/1696)

This unit provides the knowledge, understanding and skills required to support children and young people’s health and safety. It requires a demonstration of competence in recognising hazards and undertaking risk assessments in the work setting.

  • Unit 4: Engage in personal development in children & young people’s settings. (A/601/1429)

This unit is aimed at those who work in health or social care settings or with children or young people in a wide range of settings. The unit considers personal development and reflective practice, which are both fundamental to such roles.

  • Unit 5: Support learning activities. (F/601/4073)

This unit provides the knowledge, understanding and skills to support learning activities. It requires competence in supporting the planning, delivery, assessment and review cycle.

  • Unit 6: Promote children and young people’s positive behaviour. (A/601/4069)

This unit provides the knowledge, understanding and skills required to promote children and young people’s positive behaviour. It requires demonstration of competence in promoting positive behaviour, managing inappropriate behaviour, dealing with challenging behaviour and contributing to reviews of behaviour and behaviour policies.

  • Unit 7: Develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults. (H/601/4065)

This unit covers the competence required to develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults.

  • Unit 8: Promote equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people. (M/601/4070)

This unit provides the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to promote equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people. It requires demonstration of competence in promoting equality and diversity and supporting inclusion.

  • Unit 9: Support assessment for learning. (A/601/4072)

This unit provides the knowledge, understanding and skills to support assessment for learning. It requires demonstration of competence in using assessment strategies to promote learning, supporting learners to review their learning strategies and achievements, and working with the teacher to review assessment for learning processes and outcomes.

  • Unit 10: Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults. (F/601/3327)

This unit provides the knowledge and understanding which underpins effective communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults.

  • Unit 11: Schools as organisations. (A/601/3326)

This unit aims to prepare the learner for working in a school. It covers knowledge and understanding of the structure of education, how schools are organised, school ethos, mission, aims and values, legislative and policy frameworks and the wider context in which schools operate.

  • Unit 12: Support children’s speech, language and communication. (T/600/9789)

This unit promotes the knowledge, understanding and skills to support the development of speech, language and communication of children in a school setting.

  • Unit 13: Support disabled children and young people and those with special educational needs (H/601/7726)

This unit provides the knowledge, understanding and skills to support children in school who have a disability or have a special educational need and require additional provision.

  • Unit 14: Support children and young people with behaviour, emotional and social development needs (Y/601/7707)

This unit provides the knowledge, understanding and skills to support Children and young people with behaviour, emotional and social development needs including those:

  • Who experience emotional and behavioural difficulties.
  • Who are withdrawn or isolated or display school phobic reactions.
  • Who are disruptive and disturbing, hyperactive and lack concentration.
  • With immature social skills or personality disorders.
  • Presenting challenging behaviours which may arise from other complex.

Prerequisites:

There are no particular entry requirements, although you cannot complete this course unless you have a suitable placement for collecting your work-based evidence for the course assignments. This placement could be full time, part time or voluntary.

Course Duration & Support:

Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies. You also have access to a personal tutor by mail or email for a 12 month period. As the course is self-study you can complete in as little or as long a time as you prefer.

Assessment:

Students are required to compile a portfolio of evidence which demonstrates their learning against each of the assessment criteria of the course.

Portfolios are assessed by a tutor. Some portfolio evidence will need to be witnessed by a competent person in the workplace hence students must be employed in a school or arrange and complete a work experience placement.

Qualification:

The Qualification is gained from your coursework so there is no exam to complete. On successful completion of this course students will be awarded a Specialist Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools Level 3 Qualification by Training Qualifications UK (TQUK).

This qualification has been accredited on the Qualifications and Credit Framework Database (QCF Qualification No: 601/4423/3). This is a Level 3 Diploma Qualification and has 44 credits.

You can find further information on qualifications and their levels on the Ofqual Qualification & Credit Framework level descriptors page.

TQUK is an Awarding Organisation recognised by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) in England and by the Welsh Government. Training Qualifications UK (TQUK) are one of the newest, most dynamic awarding organisations in the industry, seeking to bring a fresh approach and excellent service to training providers, colleges and learners. The course is assessed and supported by Kendal Publishing, a licensed TQUK centre. TQUK qualifications are designed by leading professionals and delivered to centres and learners with integrity and compliance in mind. TQUK have rigorous quality assurance controls and procedures in place and are committed to maintaining the highest standards of customer service, qualification delivery and assessment.

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