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 or special schools, 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
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.
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.
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.
What areas will I study?
Key areas of study include:
- 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
What are the entry requirements?
You must have Level 2 Functional skills or 4 GCSE grades 4-9, and should either be employed or undertaking voluntary work within a primary school, secondary school, or furthur education college.
Where can I progress to next?
You could progress onto a higher education course or you could seek employment as a teaching assistant.