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

Level 3
One year
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As from 14 October 2016, learners who have achieved a qualification recognised as an alternative to Essential Skills, as detailed under the apprenticeship framework, are not required to undertake Essential Skills qualification. However, if a learner’s WEST assessment identifies that the learner has essential skills deficits which would inhibit progress through the framework, this needs to be addressed.

Learners will study a range of Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools related units which will enhance their understanding of working in this sector. Each unit is made up of credits, at Level 3 learners require:

11 mandatory units which include:

  • Understand Child and Young Person Development
  • Understand how to Safeguard the Welfare of Children and Young People
  • Communication and  Relationships
  • Schools as Organisations  
  • Support Children and Young People’s Health and Safety
  • Supporting Learning Activities
  • Promote Positive Behaviour
  • Develop Professional Relationships
  • Promote Equality Diversity and Inclusion 
  • Support assessment for Learning
  • Engage in Personal Development

There are also a diverse range of optional units from which units that will provide a total of 12 credits are selected to reflect the learner’s work placement and current practice. These include:

  • Plan and Deliver Learning Activities
  • Support Play
  • Support Numeracy Development
  • Support Special Education Needs  

This one year programme leading to a nationally recognised qualification. It enables you to further develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding required of those working in this sector. This course provides the opportunity to continue to develop your level of occupational competence for working in Schools. You will undertake this qualification as an employed member of staff in the schools sector. You will need to be working with children of compulsory school age.

Added April 2017

Key information

Entry Requirements

You will need to be employed in the sector. You will also undertake screening as part of the interview process to check that your skills are at a suitable level for those working this sector.

Learners will need a genuine interest in working in the sector and should demonstrate commitment and enthusiasm. Learners need to be reliable, honest, trustworthy, well motivated and self-reliant.

Learners should be at least 16 years of age.

Course Delivery

Learners will attend college for one day per week on day release.

The course includes compulsory work placement of a minimum 700 hours to be completed throughout the programme. (Minimum 20 hours per week.) 

There is an emphasis on the development of skills with learners undertaking essential skills in Communication, Numeracy and Digital Literacy. 

Knowledge assignments are internally assessed

Occupational competence is assessed in placement by an occupationally qualified and competent assessor. 

Progression Opportunities

Learners will be able to progress to the Foundation Degree In Learning Support - Level 4


Interested in studying this course?

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