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NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching & Learning

Subject Area
Early Years & Education
Start Date
Variable
Study Mode
Part-time
Duration
32 - 36 Weeks
Entry Requirements
You must be aged 18 or above before you start the course and will need to have a minimum of six months working or volunteering experience within a school or college environment. GCSE Maths and English at grade 4/C or above are also required.

This course is aimed at learners working in support roles within schools and colleges, as well as learners working in roles that offer specialist support for pupils’ learning in primary, secondary, or special needs education, including colleges.

The course involves building a portfolio of evidence that demonstrates competency within the profession. This qualification 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.

Entry requirements

You must be aged 18 or above before you start the course and will need to have a minimum of six months working or volunteering experience within a school or college environment. GCSE Maths and English at grade 4/C or above are also required.

Course units

The course will cover 16 mandatory units including:

  • Schools and colleges as organisations
  • Understand how to safeguard children and young people
  • Understand how children and young people develop
  • Support children and young people during learning activities
  • Support assessment for learning

Assessments

Assessment is ongoing through the completion of written evidence, along with demonstrating competency within the workplace.

Course fees

£2,225

The fees for this course can be supported by a loan, if you feel you may qualify for an available loan, or wish to discuss financial options, please contact the Funding Team.

Course progression

Students can progress on to a foundation degree or specialist roles within the workforce. York College University Centre currently offers a Foundation Degree (FD) in Children’s Learning & Development which is an ideal progression route for anyone looking to further cement their skills and knowledge in working within the education sector.

Dates & course durations

20th September 2022 - 27th June 2023, Tuesdays, 9.15am - 1.15pm
10th January 2023 - 12th December 2023, Tuesdays, 9.15am - 1.15pm
9th January 2023 - 12th December 2023, Mondays, 5.00pm - 9.00pm

Study methods

All units will be internally assessed using a range of methods which could include direct observation by an assessor within the workplace, written assignments and professional discussion in line with the assessment of learning provided for each unit.

Facilities

Students have access to a fantastic range of College-wide facilities such as the Learning & Research Centre, study hubs, computer areas with accompanying multi-function printers and helpdesk advice.

Additional costs

Students will need an enhanced DBS check and to purchase the relevant textbook required for the course. Some courses may also require additional study from home, you may need access to a PC/laptop and suitable Wi-Fi to access teaching and learning. You will be made aware of any additional study time at the time of enrolment.

Career progression

This qualification will prepare you to work in the following roles: Teaching Assistant, Learning Support Assistant, and Special Needs Assistant.

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