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Teaching & Education

Teaching & Education

Mode of study Vocational Full-time
Duration 1 Year
Campus London Road Campus
Start date September 2021
Course code FLR2STL (2122)
  • Who is it for?

    This course is for anyone aged between 16-19. This course is career related and is open to students who wish to be working as or progress to a Teaching Assistant; Learning Support Assistant; Special Educational Needs Assistant or related roles. Progression to the Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning is also an option.

  • Entry Requirements

    A discussion will take place to assess your interests, motivation and suitability to do the course prior to enrolment.

    You need to have at least 4 GCSEs at grade 3 or above including English Language, maths at grade 2 or above, or a level 1 qualification in Health and Social Care or Childcare. You will study maths alongside your programme. You will be asked to provide evidence of your previous qualifications.

    You will be required to have a DBS (which we will pay for) to establish your suitability to work with children and vulnerable people.

  • What does the course involve?

    This qualification will provide an understanding of the knowledge needed when supporting teaching and learning in primary, secondary or special schools. You will undertake 11 mandatory units covering communication, developing professional relationships, safeguarding children’s welfare, equality, diversity and inclusion, child development, health and safety and supporting learning activities.

  • How is the course assessed?

    Units of study will be assessed by your tutor or assessor using a range of methods; this could include direct observation in the workplace, written assignments, group and individual tasks, reflective accounts and a portfolio of evidence including witness statements and work products.

  • Additional Notes

    Group interview process

  • What do I do next?

    You can apply online via the APPLY NOW button. You can also apply for a second, alternative programme of study on the application page. If after reading this factsheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Open Evenings, ring Admissions on 01743 342346 or email:

Danielle Hatch

Danielle Hatch


I decided to do the PGCE, partly because my employer wanted me to and partly to increase my skills and qualifications. Teaching is a way of giving something back and sharing my knowledge with the next generation.

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Career Options

  • Educational support assistants

    Up to £17,000

  • Special needs education teaching professionals

    Up to £29,000


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