Support Work in Schools
Here’s what our students have to say…
“I have really enjoyed studying this course over the last two years. I feel very well equipped, inspired and excited to do an apprenticeship and later find a job in this field. I recommend this course to anyone wanting to work with children and young people as many areas are covered, not just education. I have also had great opportunities to put my new skills into practice and look forward to continuing with these in the future.
The most memorable aspect of the course was doing a presentation about Braille at Madley Primary School. We spent a lot of time planning resources, rehearsing scenes and communicating by email to deliver a successful and memorable presentation”. Charlotte Lamparter.
Edexcel Level 2 Award
Duration of programme
Normally 1 year to complete the Award, although additional units can be taken by students wishing to continue the programme into Year 2.
A strong interest in education and childhood studies is essential. As part of the course, students need to commit to attending a regular external work placement in a school.
You should have a GCSE in English Language (or equivalent) at least grade D/E (grade 3) or above. You should also have a GCSE in Maths (or equivalent) at least grade F (grade 2). There will also be an internal assessment to ensure that you are working at the appropriate level.
However, your individual circumstances can be discussed at your Pre-Entry Assessment.
This course is for students who have a keen interest in the areas of education and childhood studies. Students should be excellent role models for the children they will be meeting at their work experience placements. It is suitable for those looking for an introductory qualification as preparation for working in schools.
This qualification develops the knowledge and understanding that all those working in a school setting will need. It covers areas such as safeguarding (child protection), communication and understanding the school setting.
The units you will need to complete to pass the course are:
Unit 1 Child and young person development.
Unit 2 Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults.
Unit 3 Equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people.
Unit 6 Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people.
Unit 10 Schools as organisations.
You will be taking part in different types of learning activities that form a portfolio of coursework, these include;
- Attending a regular work placement in a school.
- Professional discussions with others, e.g. your peers and colleagues at your work placement.
- Research tasks at your work placement, e.g. asking staff about elements of their work.
- Observing and listening to pupils at your work placement and recording what you have discovered.
- Short presentations and seminars.
- Written assignments and worksheets.
- Independent reading and research.
- Role play.
- Moodle (the College’s virtual learning environment).
There are no exams for this course. All pieces of coursework will count towards your qualification.
The final end of programme grade for this course is either Pass or Not Achieved.
Your work and marks will be checked and reviewed regularly by our internal verifier. Your work and marks will also be checked and reviewed twice a year by an external verifier, from the Edexcel awarding body.
There is an option for students who perform exceptionally well to progress to studying additional units in Year 2.
Previous students taking this course have gained paid employment in schools. Others have gone into voluntary work in childcare settings or have gone into Higher Education. .
Here’s what the teachers have to say…
This course combines theory and practical work experience in the field of learning support and provides an excellent foundation for those interested in working in this field. As a trainee Learning Support Assistant, you will follow a busy but fun programme exploring the various topics. I look forward to welcoming you onto the course. Charlotte Hack, Teacher.