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Entry Requirements

Employed or volunteering in a school or college for a minimum of 9 hours per week. Good standard of literacy and numeracy.

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Part time

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Duration

1 academic year

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This is a part time course for adults who are volunteers in a school setting or those who are already employed in a school setting, supporting teaching and learning in the classroom.

Overview

This is a part time course for adults who are volunteers in a school setting or those who are already employed in a school setting, supporting teaching and learning in the classroom.

What will I study?

You will complete 11 mandatory units

Some of the topics you will cover will be:

  • Child and young person development
  • Safeguarding
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Play and leisure
  • Providing displays
  • Behaviour management

Entry Requirements

  • You must be employed or volunteering in a school or college for a minimum of 9 hours per week.  You will need to be supporting teaching and learning in the classroom
  • You will need to have a good standard of literacy and numeracy (preferably a Level 2 qualification)
  • Evidence of support from your school
  • You will need a mentor in your workplace
  • You must be at least 19 years of age

How will I be assessed?

You will attend fortnightly sessions in college. You will also be assessed by an approved assessor, who will visit you in your workplace to observe and assess your practical work. You will produce an e-portfolio of evidence to show your knowledge and understanding

What can I do next?

You will be qualified to apply for teaching assistant positions in a school or college setting.

Subject to eligibility you may be able to progress to a Level 3 qualification.

Your Study Programme

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Career Options

Teaching Assistant

Teaching assistants support children with their learning activities in the classroom. They work closely with teachers to make sure pupils enjoy learning in a safe and caring setting.

If you like working with children and want to play a part in their education and wellbeing, this career could be ideal for you. You'll need to the ability to work closely with parents and teachers. You'll also need good literacy and numeracy skills, as well as creative ideas for activities.

To do this job, you will usually need some experience of working with children. Qualifications in early years work will also be helpful. You may be able to start as a trainee through an Apprenticeship scheme.

Special Needs Teaching Assistant

If you are keen to help children and want to work in a school, this could be an ideal job for you. Special needs teaching assistants help children with a wide range of learning, physical or behavioural difficulties.

Local education authorities (LEAs) and schools decide which qualifications and experience they expect. You are likely to need some experience to find paid work. A good way of getting this experience is by volunteering in your local school.

To be a special needs teaching assistant you will need to be patient, and firm when necessary. You must also be willing to help with children’s personal needs.

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