Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools - Level 3
This course is for people aged 19 or over
Faculty of Healthcare, Childcare and Public Services
Level Location Start Date End Date Day Time Fee Reduced Ask Apply
Level 3 Hele Road Centre *Please see below *Please see below Variable Variable £1599 **Advanced Learner Loan is available None

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

This diploma has been designed specifically for people working in a school and supporting children’s learning. 
This qualification is designed for employed practitioners who are working in schools, experienced in their role, involved in planning learning activities and promoting the needs of individuals. It is ideal for those looking to progress from working as a general teaching assistant role to a more specialist role.

This is a course which lasts up to 18 months. Your assessor will arrange to see you in your work place to plan assignments and assess your competence.  You may also meet with your assessor by appointment  on a one to one basis at the college to cover the underpinning knowledge and carry out assessments. An Online portfolio system is used which is accessible to you 24/7. 

*Course dates are:-

  • 09.09.2019 - 06.09.2021 - variable
  • 06.01.2020 - 03.01.2022 - variable
  • 20.04.2020 - 18.04.2022 - variable

**This course is eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan. Click here for further information.

What topics will I study?

You will study 11 mandatory units which include subjects such as managing behaviour and safeguarding and can also choose up to 4 optional units which will relate to your specialist role or interests.

For further information contact: gillianbassett@exe-coll.ac.uk

What are the entry requirements?

You must have employment in a real work environment for a minimum of approx 16 hours, have completed a DBS check (formerly CRB) and also have good levels of literacy.  

What facilities are there?

  • Tutorial and assessor support
  • Online portfolio and resources
  • You will have access to a learning resource centre

What can the course lead on to?

Once you have completed this course you may be eligible to work towards a Foundation Degree in Learning Support. You may also consider working towards HLTA status. 

Are there any additional costs?

None specified.

What do our students think?

The course has been really valuable; it clarifies the wider issues involved with being a Teaching Assistant. Getting assessor feedback on my practice has been really helpful.”

It is important that you apply and pay for your course at least one week before the course starts to ensure that you will have access to all the facilities and resources in your first week.
Please be aware that there are no car parking facilities at Exeter College city centre sites, but public car parks are available across the city.

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