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This certificate is a work-based qualification for those supporting teaching and learning in any type of school. The course has been developed to reflect changes in support staff roles following implementation of workforce reform and covers the role of teaching assistant but have been broadened in scope to include new roles and responsibilities.
The emphasis is collecting evidence of what you do as part of your normal working day as you provide support to teachers and learners. It also aims to develop and improve your knowledge and skills in the classroom support.
You will need a work placement for this course, your school will be required to provide a mentor to support you in your studies by helping you source information and provide you with feedback. Whilst in your workplace, your tutor will visit you twice to do an observation. You will be required to attend course workshops and assessment tutorials which will be onsite at the college with your tutor.
How will I learn?
This course is based at our Filton campus, located in South Gloucestershire which is easily accessible from the city of Bristol by train (Bristol Parkway / Bristol Abbey Wood) and bus.
Classes are informal and you are encouraged to talk about your own ideas and experiences. You will be introduced to different ideas about the role of the Teaching Assistant and experience a variety of learning & teaching activities including group work, discussions and presentations.
Come prepared to take part in activities and contribute to discussions and you will get the most from the experience! For Level 2 you can be working in a voluntary capacity but must be in school at least two mornings or afternoons per week (6 hours), although the more experience you have of supporting in school will benefit your?knowledge and understanding.
Each unit of the course is accessed via ‘Smart Assessor’ an online portfolio.
Evidence and observations are not graded but?are assessed as to whether they
meet the set criteria for that unit, or not. To complete the Level 2
Certificate, students must achieve a minimum of 30 credits at Level 2.
Students are encouraged to complete units of competence in 1 academic year,
although you may pay for additional tuition to complete outstanding work, if
necessary, up to a maximum of 5 years.
There are no formal qualification requirements for candidates wishing to enrol on these courses. However, candidates should be aware that as part of the Government’s agenda for all those who embark on a programme of study to have a level of proficiency in English, Maths and Information Communication Technology (ICT). It is recommended that they should achieve a level 2 in these subjects by the end of their qualification, if they do not have it when they started. For those candidates without a level 2 in these subject's courses will be offered alongside the qualification.
You will need to secure a work placement at a primary/secondary school if you are not employed. It is the responsibility of the student to discuss with their school the requirements for a current Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check.
For more information about this course please email [email protected].
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