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Early Years

This study programme qualifies the learner to be a teaching assistant supporting the teacher in assessment and the pupils in learning. This is a full time course with 1 to 2 days in a school placement and then 2 to 3 days in college. Knowledge covered over the year includes:- Understanding how pupils learn and develop- Knowledge necessary to work with teachers and support teaching- How to keep children safe in education Skills:- Working with technology in a school- Knowing how to assess pupils.- Working in a team Behaviours: - Communication with teachers senior management pupils and parents. - Treating all pupils equally and fairlyLearners will also learn about the prevent duty online safety and British values. 3 keys subjects in the training of child educators. Learners will have the opportunity to progress directly into employment or go into an apprenticeship in Higher Education.

  • Entry Requirements, Units, Assessment and more...

    Entry Requirements

    4 GCSE Grade 4 or above including GCSE Grade 4 English Language

    Assessment Method

    Internal assessment and practical assessments

    Aims of the course

    • To give learners the knowledge skills and behaviours that are essential as well as desirable within the sector. - Learners will be encouraged to become confident and capable practitioners that are able to support and facilitate learning in pupils. - Learners will have a positive experience that lays the foundation of the future career in education.

    Progression Opportunities

    • Direct to employment - Further study in HE Apprenticeships


    • Range of online resources and access to a range of educational programs- Online workshops and content delivery - Individualised feedback to develop their own skills and knowledge

    Career Options

    • Teaching assistant - Learning Mentor-Learning support assistant

Course Details

Venue Lewisham Way
Day/Eve Day
Mode Part Time
Duration 36 weeks
Start Date 05/09/2022
End Date 30/06/2023
Course Code 3HCBT9A0


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Fees and Finance.

16-18 Free
19-24 £ 1,417
24+ £1,417
International £9,000

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