This qualification is an introduction to the knowledge and understanding needed to work in a school or college environment. It can apply to the many varied roles that full and part-time support staff may fulfil including administrative roles, site support roles, technical roles and volunteers, as well as roles that work directly with children and young people in the learning environment. The qualification is aimed at a range of learners, including young people, mature learners, learners with special educational needs or where English is an additional language, who are thinking of working in a school or college setting.
What will I learn?
This qualification aims to provide learners with an understanding of the knowledge needed when working directly with children and young people in school environments. It includes learning about children and young people’s development, safeguarding their welfare and communication and professional relationships.
This award is made up of four mandatory knowledge-based units:
- Understand child and young person development
- Understand how to safeguard the wellbeing of children and young people
- Communication and professional relationships with children and young people
- Schools as organisations
Study, Assessment and Qualifications
This award is suitable for learners not yet in a school role or to those newly in a post at a school.
This course is delivered purely online with digital content. Upon enrolment Learners are sent login details for our e-assessor system where they will access all course materials including workbooks and questions. Learners will also submit all work via this system which will then be marked by an Assessor and feedback provided. Due to the nature of these Distance Learning courses, the emphasis is very much on self-directed study.
Learners should be able to take all the information needed to complete the course from the Workbooks but will also receive high level support from their Assessor and the Distance Learning Team. Each unit will have a set deadline so Learners can plan their study time to fit in with these dates.
All applicants must be at least 19 years of age.
Must currently reside in England, in a post code outside of London, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, the West Midlands Combined Authority, the Tees Valley Combined Authority, the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, the Newcastle Upon Tyne, North Tyneside and Northumberland Combined Authority, the Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield Combined Authority and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.
Applicants applying to complete this course should preferably hold a prior qualification in the subject area at Level 2 or above, or should hold a full Level 2 qualification. In order to be eligible to complete this course for free, Learners must not already hold a full Level 3 qualification (e.g. four AS Levels or two A Levels etc). If Wiltshire College and University Centre are not able to obtain government funding, then Learners will be expected to pay a course fee of £521 or Learners can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan. Learners who live in one of the devolved areas mentioned above can still complete the course for a fee of £521 or apply for an Advanced Learner Loan. You can check your eligibility by contacting DistanceLearning@wiltshire.ac.uk.
Additional Costs and Information
This course is free (for eligible learners).
Learners who pay to complete this course and do not commence/complete within the allotted time/request to withdraw will forfeit the £811 fee.
Learners can only complete one Distance Learning course at a time.
The allotted time for completion of this course is four months.
What Could I Do Next?
Applicants that complete this course can progress onto any of the following courses: - Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools - Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools