Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching & Learning in Schools Level 3 QCF
Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching & Learning in Schools Level 3 QCF
QCF Qualification No: 601/4423/3
This course is available to learners 16+ who are working (or have a placement) within a school, particularly in the role of a Teaching Assistant, Classroom Assistant or Learning Support Assistant. It is an OFQUAL listed competence based qualification which requires students to be employed in a school setting or to have placement. In particular it is for those members of the school workforce who directly support teaching & learning of pupils in an area that requires specialist knowledge and skills.
The qualification is designed for those learners already working or volunteering in a learning support role in a school environment who want to develop their knowledge and skills or confirm occupational competency. There is a requirement for assessment in a real work environment so learners must have a placement (either as a volunteer or as a member of staff) in a school environment. Learners must be at least 16 to take this qualification.
The course consists of 14 units:
Unit 1: Understand Child and Young Person Development.
This unit provides knowledge and understanding of how children and young people from birth to 19 years develop, including underpinning theoretical perspectives. It also includes actions taken when differences in development are identified and the potential effects of transitions on children and young peoples development.
Unit 2: Understand How to Safeguard the Wellbeing of Children and Young People.
This unit provides the knowledge and understanding required to support the safeguarding of children and young people. The unit contains material on e-safety.
Unit 3: Support Children and Young People's Health and Safety.
This unit provides the knowledge, understanding and skills required to support children and young people’s health and safety. It requires a demonstration of competence in recognising hazards and undertaking risk assessments in the work setting.
Unit 4: Engage in personal development in children & young people’s settings.
This unit is aimed at those who work in health or social care settings or with children or young people in a wide range of settings. The unit considers personal development and reflective practice, which are both fundamental to such roles.
Unit 5: Support learning activities.
This unit provides the knowledge, understanding and skills to support learning activities. It requires competence in supporting the planning, delivery, assessment and review cycle.
Unit 6: Promote children and young people’s positive behavior.
This unit provides the knowledge, understanding and skills required to promote children and young people’s positive behaviour. It requires demonstration of competence in promoting positive behaviour, managing inappropriate behaviour, dealing with challenging behaviour and contributing to reviews of behaviour and behaviour policies.
Unit 7: Develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults.
This unit covers the competence required to develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults.
Unit 8: Promote equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people.
This unit provides the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to promote equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people. It requires demonstration of competence in promoting equality and diversity and supporting inclusion.
Unit 9: Support assessment for learning.
This unit provides the knowledge, understanding and skills to support assessment for learning. It requires demonstration of competence in using assessment strategies to promote learning, supporting learners to review their learning strategies and achievements, and working with the teacher to review assessment for learning processes and outcomes.
Unit 10: Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults.
This unit provides the knowledge and understanding which underpins effective communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults.
Unit 11: Schools as organisations.
This unit aims to prepare the learner for working in a school. It covers knowledge and understanding of the structure of education, how schools are organised, school ethos, mission, aims and values, legislative and policy frameworks and the wider context in which schools operate.
Unit 12: Support children’s speech, language and communication.
This unit promotes the knowledge, understanding and skills to support the development of speech, language and communication of children in a school setting.
Unit 13: Support disabled children and young people and those with special educational needs
This unit provides the knowledge, understanding and skills to support children in school who have a disability or have a special educational need and require additional provision.
Unit 14: Support children and young people with behaviour, emotional and social development needs
This unit provides the knowledge, understanding and skills to support Children and young people with behaviour, emotional and social development needs including those:
• who experience emotional and behavioural difficulties
• who are withdrawn or isolated or display school phobic reactions
• who are disruptive and disturbing, hyperactive and lack concentration
• with immature social skills or personality disorders
• presenting challenging behaviours which may arise from other complex
The course is designed for study by distance learning at work or at home. Students receive course manual, assignments and studyguide plus tutor support by mail and email. You can start at any time and plan your studies over a period of up to one year from the time of enrolment. In addition, students of this qualification will need to arrange and undertake a work placement with which to provide practical skills development opportunities. There is no minimum duration for the placement but students should seek a placement sufficient to gather the evidence of learning required by each study unit of the course.
TQUK Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools
This course provides successful students with a qualification from TQUK, regulated by Ofqual. TQUK is an Awarding Organisation recognised by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) in England and by the Welsh Government.
This is a competence based qualification suitable for all roles in schools, including site staff, administrators etc as well as those who work directly with children and young people. It seeks to develop the knowledge and understanding that all those working in a school setting will need and covers areas such as safeguarding, communication and understanding the school context.
Please Note: a work placement sufficient to undertake the range of experiences required is needed to complete this qualification.
Students are required to compile a portfolio of evidence which demonstrates their learning against each of the assessment criteria of the course. Portfolios are assessed by a tutor. Some portfolio evidence will need to be witnessed by a competent person in the workplace hence students must be employed in school or arrange and complete a voluntary work experience placement.
Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies. The course will take around 250 hours of study to compete.
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