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Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools Advanced Diploma at Derby College

Course description

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 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.

You will be in College for three days a week and on placement for two days a week.

In order to support their main programme of study, future progression and life skills, learners will also develop their skills in maths and English.

Course content

The programme consists of a range of units including:

  • Schools as organisations
  • Child development
  • Safeguarding
  • Learning activities
  • Behaviour management
  • Children's health and safety
  • Supporting literacy
  • Supporting numeracy

You will also work towards your Maths and English GCSE programmes.

Entry requirements

You need a profile of five GCSEs at grade D, including Maths and English, along with evidence of good attendance, punctuality, self-motivation and a positive attitude to study.

You must have successfully completed the Level 2 STL programme with good placement reports and evidence of good attendance and commitment to the programme. 

You must be willing to provide evidence for an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check which will have to be self-funded.


Assessments are set by CACHE and will include assignments, presentations and displays.

Placements will be assessed through direct observations and a formal report.

Functional Skills and GCSEs will be assessed by portfolio, online and exam assessment.

Financial information

You need flat shoes, smart trousers and a placement top that you will need to buy from the College.

You will need to self-fund a DBS.

We recommend that you purchase the core text book for the programme.

You also need an A4 ring binder, paper and pen.

Future opportunities

Further Study
After successfully completing this programme, you can progress to the Foundation Degree for Children's and Young People's Services and take the Teaching Assistant pathway.

You can advance your career as a Teaching Assistant.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Derby College directly.

Last updated date: 28 January 2016

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