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Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools Diploma Level 3 at PETROC

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. This course is designed for people wanting to or who are already working in a position that supports learning in schools, colleges or in the community.

Course content

Supporting learning either in schools, colleges, universities or in the community is not just about working in the classroom. The traditional role of a Teaching Assistant has become increasingly varied and now there are many different positions and jobs available in an education setting.

Perhaps you would like to work alongside a teacher in a primary or secondary school. You might wish to support a child or young person who has learning difficulties who attends a mainstream setting. You might have considered working in a school in an administrative, technical or other support role rather than directly supporting children in the classroom. 

This course 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 re┬┐ective practice. It is also a must-have for all those undertaking the Level 3 Supporting Teaching and Learning Apprenticeship.

You will spend one evening per week in college and work between one to three days per week in a placement setting to enhance your practical abilities in a school environment (Placements can be found by Petroc).

A Petroc assessor will visit intermittently in order to plan, observe and assess progress in placement, and to check competence within the practice based units. The course tutor will assess knowledge work from the CACHE element of the programme through assignments.

Entry requirements

You should be at least 16 years old. We do not set any other entry requirements but colleges or training providers may have their own guidelines.


Assessments will be carried out by your tutor or assessor using a range of methods. This could include direct observation in the workplace, a portfolio of evidence, written assignments or a related task.

Financial information

Q. Are there any further costs?
A. The cost of a DBS certificate if you do not already hold one. 

Future opportunities

All entrants must hold GCSE English Language at grade C or above, or equivalent, and preferably GCSE Maths at grade C or above, amongst the 5 GCSEs at grade C required for entry. 

Entrants not holding a grade C in English or Maths, will have the opportunity to study GCSE Maths and English alongside their course. 

Learners with a full Level 2 vocational qualification at Merit, or, students aged 19 or over with extensive work experience, may also be considered for this course.
Previous GCSEs will also be considered.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 February 2017

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