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Teaching Assistant: Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools + HLTA - Level 3 (QCF)

Duration

12 hours a week min (240 & 130 hours overall)

Credit

44

Course Code

501/1208/9

Price

£2,225.00 £1,668.75

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This bundle of the Edexcel Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools and the Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) course, equivalent to L4, combines the knowledge, skills and practice for support staff who wish to gain an accredited Teaching Assistant qualification and to prepare for Higher Level Teaching Assistant Assessment.
This premium value course recognises competence in both generic and specialist aspects of supporting teaching and learning in schools and provides opportunities to generate knowledge, skills and evidence of staff working at the level of all the national Teaching Assistant and HLTA standards. The HLTA course is certificated by Ixion College, validated by Gateway qualifications.

Course Eligibility

In order to gather all evidence required to complete the qualification, volunteering for work or work experience in a school, working with learners, will be required. It is anticipated that this will be between 3-5 hours per week for the duration of the course (or any combinations of time spent in school that gives the same amount of time spent over the period of the course) and this experience must be arranged by you. The time spent in the placement may influence the speed of your progress throughout the course. All applications are assessed on an individual basis.

You MUST have, or be working towards Level 2 Numeracy and Literacy. Alternatively we provide you the following:

FREE Maths & English Level 2 Courses: If you do NOT already have OR are not already working towards Level 2 Maths & English, then we will give you FREE access to our online Maths & English Level 2 courses on the condition you complete them no later than when you end your other Ixion College course/s. (If you do not successfully complete Maths & English courses we will charge you £100 for Maths & £100 for the English.) Speak with your Ixion College Tutor about the best way forward for you re Maths & English courses.

FREE FREE DBS CHECK: As soon as we have confirmed notification that your student loan is approved and you have started your course, we will arrange and pay for your DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check for FREE in order that you can secure your placement/ work experience hours and start to gather the evidence and experience needed to complete your course.

See Funding Eligibility criteria.

Description

What will I learn?

This is a premium value course bundle. The Edexcel Teaching Assistant course in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools Diploma + HLTA – Level 3 (QCF) and the Higher Level Teaching Assistant preparatory course consists of a 44 credit qualification containing units covering specialisms such as supporting Literacy and Numeracy development, supporting a curriculum area, behaviour support, supporting assessment, promoting positive behaviour, additional support needs for example those gifted and talented, pastoral and welfare support and working with parents. The Higher Level Teaching Assistant preparatory course recognises that some support staff are closer to meeting the HLTA standards than others. This course is designed to provide the opportunity to generate the knowledge, skills and evidence to fully prepare you for assessment against all the national standards. The course covers: planning teaching, learning and support, delivering teaching and learning, monitoring and assessment and professional practice. As HLTA evidence needs to be presented in academic style an Academic Writing unit is offered enabling learners to learn and develop academic writing techniques.

How will I learn?

Learning will be via Distance Learning. Your course will be delivered through online assessment using our latest Virtual Learning Environment, one to one tutorials with your Tutor (phone, e-mail & face-to-face Skype) and group web based webinars. More information can be found in the Study Style section.
You will be expected to typically commit to a minimum of 12 hours per week independent study to suit your personal circumstances. This is the recommended guideline to support you to achieve.
There is a requirement to be working or volunteering in a school based environment

Who is the awarding body?

The awarding body is Edexcel:

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Qualifications

Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools + HLTA – Level 3 (QCF)

The Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools Diploma, accredited on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF), helps boost learners’ career prospects by giving them the skills, knowledge and understanding that employers look for. It also provides career development opportunities for those already in work. Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) status is awarded to support staff who meet the national HLTA standards. Achieving HLTA status demonstrates to headteachers, teachers, governors and parents the nature of the contribution that the member of staff can make to pupils’ learning and achievement. The qualification can provide career development opportunities for successful candidates.

Credits:

44 credits required in total

How will my work be assessed?

There are a range of assessment techniques for the subjects covered which include online assignments using our Virtual Learning Environment, reflective accounts, witness testimonies, subject related discussions with your tutor and developing projects.
The Diploma has 14 units which are all assessed at either pass or fail. The HLTA standards assess candidates under 31 headings, categorised into 3 groups:
Professional Practice, Planning and Delivering Teaching and Learning, Monitoring and Assessment of Learning.
The course is designed to assess against each of the above in addition to academic writing skills to prepare for the full HLTA qualification assessment.

What Qualifications or Work experience do I need to do this course?

Applicants must have, or be working towards the equivalent of, maths and English at GCSE grade C or above or be working towards a maths and/or English level 2 qualification which must be completed at the same time, or before, the end of the course. Applicants should ideally have a level 2 qualification in a relevant subject and appropriate experience of working as a Teaching Assistant.
Applicants also need the drive, commitment and enthusiasm to complete both courses successfully

Syllabus

UNIT 1: Communication and Professional Relationships with Children, Young People and Adults

Understand the principles of developing positive relationships with children, young people and adults

Understand how to communicate with children, young people and adults

Understand legislation, policies and procedures for confidentiality and sharing information, including data protection

UNIT 2: Develop Professional Relationships with Children, Young People and Adults

Be able to develop professional relationships with children and young people

Be able to communicate with children and young people

Be able to develop professional relationships with adults

Be able to support children and young people in developing relationships

Be able to comply with policies and procedures for confidentiality, sharing information and data protection

UNIT 3: Engage in Personal Development in Health, Social Care or Children’s and Young People’s Settings

Understand what is required for competence in own work role

Be able to reflect on practice

Be able to evaluate own performance

Be able to agree a personal development plan

Be able to use learning opportunities and reflective practice to contribute to personal development

UNIT4: Promote Children and Young People’s Positive Behaviour

Understand policies and procedures for promoting children and young people’s positive behaviour

Be able to promote positive behaviour

Be able to manage inappropriate behaviour

Be able to respond to challenging behaviour

Be able to contribute to reviews of behaviour and behaviour policies

UNIT 5: Promote Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Work with Children and Young People

Be able to promote equality and diversity in work with children and young people

Understand the impact of prejudice and discrimination on children and young people

Be able to support inclusion and inclusive practices in work with children and young people

UNIT 6: Schools as Organisations

Know the structure of education from early years to post-compulsory education

Understand how schools are organised in terms of roles and responsibilities

Understand school ethos, mission, aims and values

Know about the legislation affecting schools

Understand the purpose of school policies and procedures

Understand the wider context in which schools operate

UNIT 7: Support Assessment for Learning

Understand the purpose and characteristics of assessment for learning

Be able to use assessment strategies to promote learning

Be able to support learners in reviewing their learning strategies and achievements

Be able to contribute to reviewing assessment for learning

UNIT 8: Support Children and Young People’s Health and Safety

Understand how to plan and provide environments and services that support children and young people’s health and safety

Be able to recognise risks to health, safety and security in a work setting or off site visits

Understand how to support children and young people to assess and manage risk for themselves

Understand appropriate responses to accidents, incidents and emergencies and illness in work settings and off site visits

UNIT 9: Support Learning Activities

Be able to contribute to planning learning activities

Be able to prepare for learning activities

Be able to support learning activities

Be able to observe and report on learner participation and progress

Be able to contribute to the evaluation of learning activities

Be able to evaluate own practice in relation to supporting literacy, numeracy and ICT

UNIT 10: Understand Child and Young Person Development

Understand the expected pattern of development for children and young people from birth-19 yrs

Understand the factors that influence children and young people’s development and how these affect practice

Understand how to monitor children and young people’s development and interventions that should take place if this is not following the expected pattern

Understand the importance of early intervention to support the speech, language and communication needs of children and young people

Understand the potential effects of transitions on children and young people’s development.

UNIT 11:Understand How to Safeguard the Well-being of Children and Young People

Understand the main legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding children and young people

Understand the importance of working in partnership with other organisations to safeguard children and young people

Understand the importance of ensuring children and young people’s safety and protection in the work setting

Understand how to respond to evidence or concerns that a child or young person has been abused or harmed

Understand how to respond to evidence or concerns that a child or young person has been bullied

Understand how to work with children and young people to support their safety and well being

Understand the importance of e-safety for children and young people

Additional Units Part of the HLTA

Unit 1: Professional Practice for Higher Level Teaching Assistants – 25 GLH

Be able to build and maintain positive relationships with others

Be able to communicate with others

Be able to improve own knowledge and practice

Unit 2: Planning Learning and Support for Higher Level Teaching Assistants – 25 GLH

Be able to plan and prepare for learning sessions

Be able to plan own role in learning sessions

Unit 3: Teaching and Learning for Higher level Teaching Assistants – 25 GLH

Be able to contribute to the creation of a safe and positive learning environment

Be able to advance learning

Be able to direct the work of other supporting adults

Unit 4: Monitoring and Assessment for Higher Level Teaching Assistants – 25 GLH

Be able to monitor learners’ progress and their response to activities

Be able to use findings from monitoring to advance learning

Be able to contribute to recording, analysing and evaluating learners’ progress

Unit 5: Academic Writing – 30 GLH

Analyse a specific question in the context of a particular subject area

Structure a written response to a specific question

Present a written response for a particular audience and purpose

Whats Next

Career as a teaching assistant: Complete our Teaching Assistant courses and doors will open for you to apply for a Senior teaching assistant role within an e.g. infant or junior school, special school, nursery, secondary school or independent school.

Note: You will NOT pay anything re your Student Loan if you earn less than £21,000 p.a.

Get promoted:Successful course completion will equip learners to consider progression to Higher Education via for example an Access to Higher Education programme or a Foundation Degree in Education &/or Care.

The Edexcel Level 3 qualifications in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF) have been developed to give learners the opportunity to:
  • engage in learning that is relevant to them and which will provide opportunities to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for
  • successful performance in working life
  • achieve a nationally recognised, Level 3 vocationally-related qualification
  • progress to employment in a particular vocational sector
  • progress to related general and/or vocational qualifications

Successful completion of the course enables learners to gain employment in a school setting, or consider progression to higher education on the Foundation Degree in Education & Care.

What’s in it for Me?

Students are able to progress into Higher Education or enhance their career prospects. Students primarily progress to Higher Education study in areas related to Business, Economics and Accounting. These may include some of the following areas of Degree level study: Business Studies, Marketing, Economics, Accountancy, Business Management, Trading and Finance related degrees.

Typical jobs:

  • Marketing Administrator or Executive
  • Finance Administrator
  • Sales Executive
  • Business Administrator or assistant
  • Accounts Support / administrator

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