- The qualification has been designed to be accessible without artificial barriers that restrict access and progression. Entry to the qualification will be through centre interview and applicants will be expected to be aged 16 or over and hold a Level 2 qualification
- In certain circumstances, managers with considerable experience but no formal qualifications may be considered, subject to interview and being able to demonstrate their ability to cope with the demands of the programme.
- In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, then IELTS 6 (or equivalent) is required. International qualifications will be checked for appropriate matriculation to UK higher education postgraduate programmes. The applicants are normally required to produce two supporting references, at least one of which should preferably be academic.
The aim of this qualification is to provide learners with an in-depth understanding of the knowledge and skills needed when working directly with children and young people in school environments. 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.
It is aimed at learners working in roles that offer specialist support for pupils’ learning in primary, secondary or special schools.
- Working relationships with children, young people and adults. Schools as business organisations.
- Support for learning activities
- Promoting positive behaviour to children and young people
- Promoting equality, diversity and inclusion when working with children and young people.
- Support for assessment for learning.
- Understanding children’s and young people’s development.
- Supporting the health and safety of children and young people
- Delivering learning activities in collaboration with a teacher. Supporting gifted learners.
- Supporting children’s communication.
- Personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings.
- Principles of safeguarding the well- being of children and young people.
- Understand the principles underpinning the development of positive relationships with children, young people and adults.
- Be able to support learning activities.
- Understand the role and features of assessment for learning.
- Understand the main legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding children and young people.
- Be able to reflect on their own practice.
- Be able to plan and prepare learning activities under the supervision of a teacher.