Education and Training

Faculty of Early Years and Education

Attendance Options: Part Time, Full Time

 

What will I study?

We offer a full-time, Level 3 qualification in Supporting Teaching and Learning. 

Throughout the course, you will gain an in-depth understanding of the knowledge and skills needed when working directly with children and young people in a school environment. 

The qualification includes all aspects of specialist support, including:

This is a knowledge and skills-based qualification, and as part of this you will attend a work placement two days per week.


How will I be assessed?

This is a fully internally assessed - and externally quality assured - qualification, using a range of methods. This includes:

You will produce a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate your knowledge and skills competency.


How will I be assessed (Apprenticeship)?

The Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship requires you to undertake off-the-job learning for 20% of your working week. This can be made up of classroom learning, learning in the work place and in shadowing, mentoring and supervision activities. You will also complete distance learning, assignment completion and online learning activities. 

You will attend College to complete your Functional Skills. This is assessed through online tests.

Your Assessor/Coach will visit you in the workplace to undertake a variety of assessment activities such as observations, professional discussions, reflective accounts, and a review of your work products. This is to ensure that your knowledge and skills development is evidenced consistently in your everyday practice, and to assess the integration of your theory into practice. You will also be assessed through assignment work, and written and oral questions. 

Your Assessor/Coach will review your learning and progress in relation to a series of defined milestones and keep you on track to progress and achieve as planned.

You will produce a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate the development of your knowledge, skills and behaviours as you progress towards your end point assessment. 

For the Teaching Assistant Standard the end point assessment is an observation of practice and a professional discussion.

 


What will this lead to?

Successfully achieving the Level 3 qualification will provide you will a variety of options. You will be open to job opportunities as a Teaching Assistant, or you can use the qualification as a stepping stone into higher levels of study - either in further education, or on a higher level Apprenticeship.

What will this lead to (Apprenticeship)?

On achievement of your Advanced Apprenticeship, you need to consolidate your learning and practice. You can then progress to higher-level study. The kind of study you undertake will be dependent on your job role. There is the Level 4 in Advanced Practitioner in Schools and Colleges or there is a range of education and training options available at the College or UCO.


Entry requirements

Entry Level Courses : 
Skills for Life & Work 
No formal qualifications are required for this course, although evidence of personal progression from previous education establishments would be beneficial.  
These courses are specifically designed for learners with a special educational need (SEND). 

Skills & Employability  
English & maths GCSE Grades G-U / 1 or English & maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3  

Full Time GCSE Re-sit Study Course
You will receive an offer of a place on the course subject to passing an English & Maths assessment. 

Full Time Level 1 Course 
English & Maths GCSE Grades E-G/1- 2 or English & Maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3. 

Full Time Level 2 Course 
Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade D/3 including English and Maths or a vocational qualification Level 1, plus GCSE grade D/3 in both English and Maths. 
English & Maths Functional Skills Level 1 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs.  

Full time Level 3 Course
Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grades A-C/4-9 (including English and Maths) or a vocational qualification Level 2, plus GCSE grade C/4 in both English and Maths

T Level 
Minimum of 5 GCSE passes but English and Maths GCSE must be Grade 5 or above. 
T levels in Science and Healthcare Science will also require a minimum of a grade 5 in a GCSE Science subject.

 

How to apply

You can apply for all our courses by choosing the Apply Now button, which appears once you have chosen the area you are interested in.

You can apply for Apprenticeship vacancies or register your interest in an Apprenticeship sector as follows -

To register your interest - http://www.oldham.ac.uk/apprenticeships-traineeships/apprenticeships/

To apply for a vacancy - http://www.oldham.ac.uk/apprenticeships-traineeships/apprenticeship-vacancies/

 

 

 


Cost

Full Time

If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits. We have a bursary scheme to assist with these costs.

Part Time

If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits.

Please note that fees may be charged to students ages 19 and over on certain courses. For more information about course fees and whether you may be eligible for fee remission please ring 0161 785 4039 or email admissions@oldham.ac.uk

What happens next?

It is important that you come along and speak to one of our staff about your choice/s.

Once we receive your application, you will be invited in to speak to a tutor or a member of the Apprenticeship team to discuss your application.

This will provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the course/Apprenticeship and to see our facilities.