Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools

Summary

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 environments. The qualification covers all aspects of supporting pupils and includes learning about child and young person development, safeguarding their welfare, the importance of professional relationships, the planning, delivery and review of assessment strategies to support learning alongside the class teacher, bilingual and special needs support, personal development and reflective practice.

The age ranges covered by this qualification are from 5 years to 19 years. Learners will gain practical experience through a placement in either a primary, secondary or specialist school. Theoretical knowledge is gained through taught sessions in the College classroom.

What are the entry requirements?

Five GCSEs at grades A - C, grades 4/5 or above (including maths and English), a Level 2 Certificate in the Children and Young People's Workforce or other equivalent qualifications. Students must have a clear DBS certificate.

What subjects will I study?

Your course will involve two days of work placement each week. This placement will provide you with experience in a variety of different settings throughout the year.

You will also study the following units:

• An introduction to working with children
• Development from conception to age 16 years
• Supporting children
• Keeping children safe
• Principles underpinning the role of the practitioner working with children
• Promoting a healthy environment for children
• Play and learning in children’s education
• Caring for children
• Development of professional skills with children’s education

Maths and English form part of this course and will be assessed at the relevant levels.

How will I learn?

Classroom taught sessions provide the underpinning knowledge of the qualification. This is supported by a Virtual Nursery where students can practice work based skills in a non threatening environment.

Work placement provides students with the opportunity to be part of a real environment, putting their knowledge into practice and further developing skills.

How will I be assessed?

Classroom sessions are assessed using discussions, questioning and tasks to complete a portfolio. Work placement is prepared for during classroom activities and assessed by observation by an assigned College Assessor. Students must be competent in both areas.

What opportunities will this lead to?

Students may be able to progress on to Furness College or university to study early years foundation degrees, nursing degrees or teacher training. Progression is based on aptitude and a successful interview. Our students are employed as nursery supervisors, pre-school/crèche/playgroup leaders, or nursery nurses.

How long is the course?

Full-time over two years.

Are there any additional costs?

Due to the nature of the course – Working with Children – all students must have a DBS check. A College t-shirt is required for work placement.

Can I get more information?

For more information please contact us:
T: 01229 825017
E: info@furness.ac.uk
www.furness.ac.uk

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