Course overview

Get a teaching qualification and prepare to work in a variety of roles in education. Gain understanding of the knowledge and skills needed to work directly with children and young people. This qualification is for supporting teaching and learning in schools and colleges. You’ll learn core teaching skills that can be applied in various jobs. Some options include learning assistant, teaching assistant, or special needs assistant. It trains you to become a learning support practitioner. This course is funded by the West Midlands Combined Authority.

Course description

This course has a fully revised syllabus. You’ll learn the latest best practices and methodologies to support learning. The Award covers the basic aspects of specialist support in primary and secondary school environments.

You will learn important skills for working with children and young people. Develop activities to support learning alongside the teacher. Gain understanding of bilingual support, special needs support, and personal development. Learn how to support child development.

Understand safeguarding practices and how to protect the well-being of children. Recognise health and safety procedures and how they protect children in the classroom.

Your tutor will assess your learning through different tasks. These could include presentations, posters, leaflets, or worksheets. These tasks will be included in your portfolio for assessment.

At Award level, the Supporting Teaching and Learning Level 3 course does not require you to be on a placement. It takes around 120 hours to complete and can usually be done in 6 months.

This is a nested teaching qualification. This means you can "top up" to a Certificate or Diploma to broaden your knowledge.

Level 3 Supporting Teaching and Learning courses prepare you to enter the workforce and be a source of support to teachers and students in the learning environment.

To take this course you’ll need to have access to the internet. You’ll use Canvas, the WEA’s digital learning portal, for communication and tasks

We’re committed to helping you access and enjoy adult education. If you have any accessibility requirements, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Most of our courses are free for most of our learners. Please note that you need to get to the end of the enrolment process to see the discounts.

What financial support is available?

We don't want anything to stand in your way when it comes to bringing Adult learning within reach so if you need anything to support you to achieve your goals then speak to one of our education experts during your enrolment journey. Most of our courses are government funded but if you don't qualify or need alternative financial help to access them then let us know.

What other support is available?

All of our digital content, teaching and learning activities and assessments are designed to be accessible so if you need any additional support you can discuss this with the education experts during your enrolment journey and we will do all we can to make sure you have optimal access.

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