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Overview

This course will give you an in-depth understanding of the knowledge and skills needed when working directly with children or young people in primary, secondary, special schools or colleges, with a particular focus on providing specialist support.

You will learn about a wide range of areas including: supporting children and young people with disabilities or special educational needs children, young people’s development, safeguarding their welfare and communicating with children and young people.

‘…students use well-defined targets and clear areas for development to help them to improve subsequent pieces of work.’ Ofsted, 2018

Course description

You will cover all aspects of specialist support including: planning, delivering and reviewing assessment strategies to support learning alongside the teacher, bilingual and special needs support, personal development and reflective practice.

You will develop you knowledge about schools as organisations, including what types of schools there are, about policies and procedures and the wider environment in which they operate. You will also develop your communication skills, communicating and building professional relationships with both children, young people and adults.

Gaining work experience in a school setting will form a key part of your learning, so you will need to be working or volunteering on a practical placement in a school during the course. You will complete a DBS application.

You will be taught by tutors who have occupational experience of the school sector at campuses that have good transport links.

To achieve this qualification you will complete a range of assessements set by CACHE, the awarding organisation and internally assessed. These may include written assignments, projects, child observations and direct observation by an assessor while you are at your school placement.

You will also study both maths and English GCSE if you have not yet achieved a minimum of grade 4 in these subjects. These are both essential skills for supporting children's literacy and numeracy and may be responsible for completing accurate records on such things as a child's behaviour, achievements and accident reports.

What areas will I study?

  • Support children and young people with disabilities and those with special educational needs
  • Support children and young people with behaviour, emotional and social development needs
  • Schools as organisations
  • Safeguarding the wellbeing of children and young people
  • Supporting learning activities and extra-curricular activities
  • Understand children and young people’s development

You will have the option to study areas that are of a particular interest to you or will benefit you in your career, such as supporting literacy and numeracy, supporting bilingual learners and supporting learners with particular specialist needs.

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Course options

Age range Start Fees Duration Further Information
16-18 September | 2020/21 - 1 Academic Year(s) Any course under level 4 for 16-18 year olds is likely to be free.
19-23 (no level 3 qualification) September | 2020/21 - 1 Academic Year(s) Any course under level 4 for 19-23 year olds without a full level 3 qualification is likely to be free, please contact the college for further information
19-23 (with 1 or more level 3 qualifications) September | 2020/21 £1,800 1 Academic Year(s) You are eligible for an advanced learning loan; please visit our advanced learning loan information page to find out more.
24+ September | 2020/21 £1,800 1 Academic Year(s) You are eligible for an advanced learning loan; please visit our advanced learning loan information page to find out more.
Age range Start Fees Duration Further Information
16-18 September | 2020/21 - 1 Academic Year(s) Any course under level 4 for 16-18 year olds is likely to be free.
19-23 (no level 3 qualification) September | 2020/21 - 1 Academic Year(s) Any course under level 4 for 19-23 year olds without a full level 3 qualification is likely to be free, please contact the college for further information
19-23 (with 1 or more level 3 qualifications) September | 2020/21 £1,800 1 Academic Year(s) You are eligible for an advanced learning loan; please visit our advanced learning loan information page to find out more.
24+ September | 2020/21 £1,800 1 Academic Year(s) You are eligible for an advanced learning loan; please visit our advanced learning loan information page to find out more.
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