Teaching Assistant

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Qualification type: Diploma
Level: Level 3
Awarding body CACHE
Academic year: 2018/2019
Start date September 2018
Duration 1 year
Location: Darlington College
Attendance: Full time

Course overview

The qualification you will receive on completion of this study programme is, Level 3 Diploma Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools.

The course will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the knowledge and skills needed when working directly with children or young people in school environments.

The course is suitable for those wanting to pursue a career or currently in the role as a teaching assistant, learning support assistant, parent support advisers learning mentors or similar roles at Level 3. This course also includes Paediatric First Aid, Food Hygiene and play awareness training.

Anyone wishing to apply for this course must also complete the suitability declaration form which will be sent to you at the point we invite you to interview.

Course costs

16-18

£n/a

19-23

£1650.00

24+

£2225.00

Entry requirements

You will need 5 GCSE subjects with 4 points or C grade and above, including 4 points or C grade in English and maths. Alternatively progression from Level 2 Diploma in Childcare and Education at grade B or above, as well as GCSE English or maths at Grade C or above. You must also supply details of two personal referees who are not relatives and the college will write to them to obtain up to date references to support your application. You will require a clear enhanced DBS form and Barring by Association form, otherwise you will not be accepted onto this course.

You will be required to attend an interview at the college and we will request a school or college report.

How to enquire/apply

To apply for this course please click the apply button and complete the online application form. If you have any queries with regards to your application or would like further information and support please contact us on 01325 503030.

Studying and learning

This course enables and encourages you to develop your skills and acquire relevant knowledge to enter the world of employment. The structure of this qualification ensures you are placed in a real work environment for minimum of two days per week. You have to attend tutor led sessions, practical sessions, workshops and tutorials. A variety of teaching methods are implemented in order to offer maximum learning opportunities throughout the programme of study. Real Work placements will consist of a primary/secondary setting for a minimum of 300 hours (2 days per week).

Mandatory units include:

  • Communication and professional relationships with children and young people practice
  • Schools as organisations
  • Support learning activities
  • Promote equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people
  • Understand child and young people development
  • Understand how to safeguard the wellbeing of children and young people
How will I be assessed

By your tutor through a range of methods This could include direct observation within the workplace, a portfolio of evidence, written assignments.

What next

Employment in schools or progress onto the Foundation Degree Working With Children and Young People.

Information, advice and support

Darlington College offers a wide range of support including careers guidance, financial assistance, additional learning support, childcare and many more. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Student Services Team on 01325 503030 and they will direct your call to the appropriate college support team.

Fees and funding

Full time further education course tuition fees are free if you are 16-18 years of age on August 31 of the calendar year in which you begin your studies, however if you are 19 years or over tuition fees will apply.

What if I need support?

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

Enquiry Form

If you have any questions about this course, send us a message using the form below.

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