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Teaching Assistant Level 3: Award in Providing Support in Teaching and Learning in Schools

Teaching Assistant Level 3: Award in Providing Support in Teaching and Learning in Schools

[ UCLD16 ]


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This home study Teaching Assistant course will prepare you to take your place alongside a qualified teacher in any school in the UK. By studying the course you will gain a real insight into education and it will provide you with the skills and knowledge to be able to take part in a wide range of classroom support activities.

•Course Length - 12 Months
•Award Received - Level 2 Certificate of Achievement by ABC
•Course Code: UCLD16

Education is one of the most vital activities in keeping our society together. Helping young people to gain knowledge and life skills is one of the most rewarding aspects of this. This home study Teaching Assistant course has been designed for those who want a challenging introduction to the theory and practice of working alongside teachers in the classroom.



Unit 1: The Learning Environment

•Understand the role and responsibilities of the teaching Assistant in a learning environment
•Understand how to organise and maintain the learning environment
•Know how to plan, prepare and use a variety of resources and materials to support pupil learning
•Understand how to keep relevant records of pupil performance and progress and contribute to teacher records and reports
•Understand the relevant legislation, policies and procedures which support the health and safety of pupils in the learning environment, and know how to keep pupils safe and secure
•Know how to deal with emergency and first aid situations
•Know how to develop positive relationships with colleagues

Unit 2: Supporting Classroom Practices

•Understand the process of growth and development at specific ages
•Understand the factors which influence the development and behaviour of pupils
•Know how to observe pupil development and behaviour
•Understand how to interact and communicate effectively with pupils
•Understand the importance of planning, preparation and delivery of learning

Unit 3: Supporting the School

•Understand how the school is governed from a local and national perspective
•Understand the key legislation and principal Acts affecting school governance
•Understand the impact of key health and safety legislation on the role of the teaching Assistant
•Understand the key rights and responsibilities of both employer and employee
•Understand the implications of key policies for the promotion of Equal Opportunities and Diversity in the learning environment

Unit 4: Supporting Pupils with Disabilities and Special Educational Needs.

•Understand the relevant legislation and codes of practice for inclusion that affect provision for pupils with disabilities or special educational needs
•Know how to encourage pupils with disabilities or special educational needs to participate in activities
•Know how to provide support to pupils with disabilities or special educational needs and their families according to the procedures of the setting
•Understand the principles of the partnership approach in working with the families of pupils with disabilities or special educational needs

Unit 5: Supporting Literacy and Numeracy

•Know about a range of strategies to support literacy and numeracy in the classroom
•Know how to support literacy and numeracy activities using a range of strategies and resources
•Understand how pupils develop literacy and numeracy skills
•Understand the national strategies and school policies for literacy and numeracy

Unit 6: Supporting the use of Information and Communication Technology

•Be able to prepare ICT resources for use in teaching and learning
•Understand how to support the use of ICT resources for teaching and learning
•Understand how to adapt ICT resources for teaching and learning in order to meet the individual learning needs of pupils

Unit 7: Supporting Play and Learning

•Understand the importance and benefits of play for pupils’ development and learning
•Know how to support and encourage imaginative, creative and physical play
•Understand the role of the adult in encouraging pupils to explore and investigate
•Each unit has a Tutor Marked Assignment for you to complete. These are sent to your tutor who will respond to you with detailed feedback, enabling you to learn from their experience, and improve your knowledge and skills.

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards' Quality Licence Scheme. This means that UK Distance Learning & Publishing has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 2 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by UK Distance Learning & Publishing to meet specific learners' and/or employers' requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards' endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government[1]. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

[1] Regulators for exams and assessments in England and Wales


 The course comes to you as a proper paper-based pack, not as an electronic password
You will get full tutor support via email
You will receive feedback on your assignments from our experienced tutors
You will be given guidance through the Study Guide on the nuts and bolts of studying and submitting assignments
Postal assignments cannot be accepted without prior permission from the tutor
You must have access to email in order to contact your tutor

 The course contains a number of assignments which your tutor will mark and give you valuable feedback on. We call these Tutor Marked Assignments (TMAs). You need only send the TMAs to your tutor for comment, not the self-assessment exercises which are also part of the course to help you gauge your progress.

 This course can be taken over a 12 month period but you can complete it as fast or as slowly as you wish.

 You will have access to a tutor via email who will mark your work and guide you through the course and will assist you with any problems you may have. In addition you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process.





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