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Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools Level 3 Diploma at Kendal College

Course description

This qualification is designed to provide a specialist work-related qualification that gives learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment at this level. It also provides career development and opportunities for those already in work.

The Edexcel Level 3 Diploma offers an engaging programme for those who want to work in a support role in schools (primary, secondary or special schools)

Learning Styles 
The course will help you learn by encouraging you to develop knowledge and understanding. You will also have an individual assessor to support you through a variety of methods, in particular group discussion.

Course content

The Diploma is a 44 credit qualification that consists of 11 mandatory units, plus optional units chosen to reflect your role in the school and your interests.

Mandatory Units include:
- Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
- School as organisations
- Support learning activities
- Promote children and young people’s positive behaviour. 

You will also have a range of optional units to select from which include: Provide Literacy and Numeracy Support; Support Children’s Speech, Language and Communication; Support Disabled Children and Young People and Those with Special Educational Needs; Support Individuals to Meet Personal Care Needs.

Entry requirements

You will be required to provide proof of substantial experience of supporting in a classroom. Acceptance on the course is subject to an interview.

You will need to be working or on placement within a school environment.

You will need a current DBS check.

You will need to feel confident that you can support literacy and numeracy at the level required in your work role.

All students interested in this course should contact the course tutor prior to enrolment: Lou McKinley:


Although there are no examinations, candidates should be aware that there is a substantial theoretical element that underpins your practical competence. You will be assessed in your workplace or placement and via your portfolio of evidence complied during the course.

A qualified assessor will assess you in your working environment. This will help provide evidence to meet the practical assessment criteria.

Future opportunities

This level 3 Certificate is a recognised qualification for working in schools as a teaching assistant or Special Attachment Welfare Assistant.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 April 2016
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