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

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Delivery Method

Breakdown of Hours

This course is delivered flexibly through monthly one-to-one sessions with your assessor, arranged at a time and date to suit you.

You will also communicate through Microsoft Teams, emails and phone appointments in between your monthly sessions to keep you on track to achieve your qualification.

A minimum of 100 hours of study time is required.

Course Length

8-12 months depending on how much independent study you complete. Your assessor will make monthly one-to-one appointments with you at your workplace.

  • Course Overview

    This qualification will provide learners with a secure understanding of the knowledge and skills needed when working directly with children or young people in school environments. It allows learners to achieve both above and below the level of qualification.

    Both Level 4 and Level 2 units have been included and are made up of mandatory and optional units which are based on knowledge and skills. It is suitable for teaching assistants, learning support assistants, parent support advisors, learning mentors or those in similar roles at Level 3. This qualification has been allocated UCAS points – P – 24.

    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 needs 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.

    Completion of this qualification will equip you with the essential knowledge and skills required to work in an unsupervised specialist support role within a school setting, including special needs schools, for example:

    • Planning and preparing for learning activities.
    • Using assessment strategies to promote learning.
    • Responding to challenging behaviour.
    • Managing risks to health, safety and security in a work setting and off-site visits.

    This qualification provides you with the knowledge, understanding and skills to work unsupervised in a variety of level 3 roles that support children and young people’s learning in schools, including specialist roles, such as Teaching Assistant, Learning Support Assistant, and Special Needs Assistant.

  • Who is this course for?

    This qualification is ideal if you are currently working in an unsupervised role that supports pupils' learning, including specialist roles, or if you are interested in entering the workforce in roles including teaching assistants, learning support assistants or similar roles at level 3.

    This qualification is beneficial if you have already completed the Level 2 or Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools, as you will already have an understanding of the unit subject matter. Undertaking the Level 3 Diploma will allow you to build on this knowledge and apply it in real work settings, including special schools.

  • Course Benefits
    • Become more specialised in your field of choice.
    • Gain a recognised qualification.
    • The first step to progressing onto higher educational job roles.
    • Learn at a time that suits you without the need to attend college.
    • Personal tutors are assigned to ensure you have the support needed to succeed.
    • During your online learning course with LLC, you will be allocated a personal tutor who will support you every step of the way.
    • In addition, you will have access to additional support when you need it to make sure you can be successful with your studies.
  • Entry Requirements
    • You should be at least working towards Level 2 for English and Level 1 for Maths.
    • You will need to be working, volunteering or on a practical placement as you will need to show competence in both knowledge and skills.
    • If you are joining an online course then you should have IT skills at least at Entry Level to enable you to access your sessions.
  • Assessment Methods

    Assessment will be via assignments, case studies, observations of work practices, expert witness testimonies, simulation and professional discussion.

  • Qualifications

    Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools, City & Guilds.

  • Career Opportunities and Further Study

    If you are looking to continue studying after completion of this qualification, the Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools provides you with the knowledge and skills related to working with children and young people in a variety of school settings to study towards achieving Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) status.

    Due to the school environment in which you are or will be working, the Diploma could also allow you to study towards achieving Early Years Teacher status.

  • Location

    Delivered online and through work placement observations.

  • Price and Funding

    Price £2,225.

    This course is funded through the Advanced Learning Loan, subject to eligibility criteria. Visit the Government Website for more information: https://www.gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan

    Alternatively, you can self-fund. Payments in instalments are available.

    You will be advised regarding your eligibility by an LLC Recruitment Advisor.

  • Age Requirements

    19 or over.

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