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

Berwick Main Centre
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CACHE Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF) Level 3.

Start Date:
10 September

Who is the course for?

This Qualification provides an in-depth understanding of the knowledge and skills required when working directly with children or young people in primary, secondary or special schools. It covers all aspects of Specialist Support including planning, delivering, and reviewing assessment strategies to support learning alongside the teacher, bilingual and special needs support and personal development and reflective practice.

Do I need any formal qualifications?

You will need high levels of motivation, excellent communication skills and hold a prior Level 2 childcare qualification which includes assessment of supporting children and young people in an appropriate setting. DBS clearance and references required.

What will I study on the course?

You will study comprehensive units including children's play, development and behaviour. Ideal if you want to work in a classroom situation with children and young people of any age from toddlers up to those aged 18 in high schools. This is also very useful for students who wish to work with children and young people with special educational needs in an education setting.

The course runs for 3 days per week over 1 year in addition you will be required to undertake 2 days placement per week to achieve a minimum of 250 hours of work experience.

All units will internally assess your progress through a portfolio of evidence developed using a range of methods including practical assessments, observations, written assignments or tasks relevant to the childcare workforce. Some learning outcomes within this Qualification will require assessment in a real work environment. There are no exams in this qualification which is awarded at a pass if a learner is able to demonstrate competent learning and achievement against all assessment criteria for each unit studied.

You will have the opportunity to complement your studies with qualification in Learn to Learn Level 2 and a Certificate in Playwork Level 2 as well as English and maths at the appropriate level for your next steps (including GCSE).

CACHE Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF) Level 3.

After completing the course you could study a Foundation Degree in Children's Workforce Practice or progress to a career as a teaching assistant, play worker or similar.

Many of our learners study for free with a Fee Waiver when they are in receipt of qualifying benefits or studying a first full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification and meet age restrictions or are aged between 16-18.

If you are not entitled to a Fee Waiver, you may be entitled to receive Learner Support Funds to help with paying your course fees, or if you are aged over 19 and planning to study at Level 3 or 4 and have not previously studied at Level 3 or above you will be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan that covers the costs of your tuition fees. The loan will not cover the cost of any examination / registration fees and these will need to be paid for separately, or you may be entitled to receive Learner Support Funds to help cover the cost.

All learners may also apply for help with the cost of travel to college and the college may be able to help with the costs of childcare, travel, books, equipment and meals.

For more information our Help Hub team is available on 01670 841 200 or email helphub@northland.ac.uk.

How can I apply for this course?

Apply online by clicking here and registering, alternatively please contact our Help Hub on 01670 841 200, email helphub@northland.ac.uk or drop in to one of our open events.

Alternatively, if this is the course for you please click Book and Enrol Now – please note this option is only available for certain courses.

Where can I get any further information about the course?

You may find further information within this website including within case studies and our media gallery. You may also come along to an open event – dates of college events are listed here http://www.northumberland.ac.uk/events/

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