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Teaching Assistant - Level 3 Diploma at City of Oxford College

Course description

Do you want to become a teaching assistant or a learning coach? This Level 3 full-time course – which is brand new for 2014 – develops the skills you need and includes a work placement in a school or college, so you get direct experience in a teaching environment.

Please note that the content of this course is the same as our Learning Coach qualification.

Completion of the year-long programme will provide you with:

- Certificate in Supporting Learning in Schools Level 2 and Level 3
- Functional skills in English, maths and ICT at Level 2 or GCSEs in English, maths and biology (depending on your qualifications on entry to the programme)
- Level 2 Certificate in Employability Skills (if you do not already have one) 

You also gain a certificate in Preparing to Support Learning.

Course content

This qualification gives you an in-depth understanding of the knowledge and skills needed when working directly with children and young people in learning environments, including school and college. 

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
- personal development and reflective practice 

You also study employability skills and develop English, maths and ICT skills while training.

Entry requirements

You need GCSE English at grade D or above (or equivalent), or you need to demonstrate that you have Level 1 literacy skills.

Future opportunities

You may wish to apply for a teaching assistant post in a local school, or you could aim to become a learning coach at the College.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City of Oxford College directly.

Last updated date: 19 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Course code: OXPTEACH


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      • From South (Newbury) A34: Turn off A34 to Southern bypass and make for Cowley. At next roundabout, turn left to city centre (park and ride on left). Follow Abingdon Road to end, form left towards ice rink and parks. The College is opposite the ice rink.
      • From A423 (Henley/Reading): Join ring road at (Sainsburys) and turn left to next roundabout and right to city centre and ice rink.
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      • From the train station: the campus is 10 minutes walk from the station.