This qualification is for those who are employed, or are working voluntarily, in schools as teaching assistants and have experience of directly supporting the teaching and learning of pupils.
The role of teaching assistant has developed and become much more professional in recent years; therefore greater breadth and level of responsibility are required in order to gain the Level 3 qualification. Applicants will normally have achieved the Level 2 Certificate or a similar qualification (e.g. Childcare) and be an effective member of the school team.
You will need to have a school placement for a minimum of 12 hours a week and attend a three-hour session in College each week.
You will be responsible for obtaining and paying for your own DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check through your school placement. It is important to apply for this as soon as possible.
Level 3 learners will be expected to work independently on research, school related tasks and assignments. Learners should be aware that this will form a large part of the course. There is the option to study additional units to qualify for the Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools.
Recent students commended on the fantastic support from their teaching allowing them to achieve their best work. The in school observations were positive and showed students how to develop their skills in school.
There are a number of options available at GC to help you pay for your course fees:
- Setting up a Direct Debit: You’ll be asked for a 20% deposit when you enrol and this can be paid in cash, or by debit or credit card. Course fees must be paid in full by the end of your course so the monthly instalments would be adjusted accordingly e.g. for a one year course you would make 8 payments;
- Advanced Learner Loan: Contact Student Services to find out more and whether this course is eligible;
Support for those that are unemployed and in receipt of benefits. Contact Student Services to find out if this course is eligible for funding and if you are eligible.
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