Full details about course syllabus fees and progression will be provided.
Periodic Tutor-Marked Assignments, No Exams.
**Reasonable standard of literacy**
£9.99 – £29.99
Prior study is not a prerequisite – you just need a passion for the subject matter!
Despite the market for Teaching Assistants growing consistently, with new people entering the profession almost daily, there is still a shortage of appropriately trained individuals to take up the available places. In terms of job prospects, there are few roles to compete.
However, competition is fierce. Although demand continues to outstrip supply, schools are constantly looking out for applicants who have already completed training or study in the subject, so that they don’t have to supply it.
One of the key benefits of studying with Distance Learning Plus is that you get access to your full course materials online once you enrol.
You’ll receive access to our Online Student Community where you’ll be able to view your course materials, submit your work, contact your tutor, and interact with other learners via the online forums.
A reasonable level of literacy is required, but there are no entry restrictions.
You just need a keen interest in the subject, and will ideally have studied the subject or ancillary disciplines at a lower level if you want to progress quickly.
This is a non-regulated qualification endorsed by Focus Awards under their Focus on Quality Provision (FQP) Scheme.
Focus Awards is a member of the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB) and is regulated by Ofqual. Established 2011, Focus Awards is founded on three core values – Honesty, Integrity and Fairness – that underpin everything they do.
The FQP scheme is designed to give endorsement to non-regulated qualifications in a wide range of subjects. On successful completion you will receive a Focus Awards Certificate of Achievement and a certificate of completion from Distance Learning Plus.
Although the materials are comprehensive and informative, we do expect you to carry out your own investigations. After all, if you are not prepared to do your own research, you should be asking yourself if this is the right subject choice for you!
Although, there are no entry requirements, you do need a reasonable level of literacy to be able to both understand the concepts introduced, and get the most out of the materials.
a. The SEN code of practice 2001.
b. Signs that tell a child may have SEN.
c. What qualities are needed to be a SEN teaching assistant?
d. What skills are needed to be a SEN teaching assistant?
a. History of special needs education.
b. The inclusive approach to special needs education.
a. Government policy.
c. Codes of practice and other guidance.
d. Of stede. SEN reforms planned for 2014.
a. School Policy.
b. School Practice.
c. The role of the SENCO.
a. Identifying pupils with SEN.
b. P Scales.
c. State mending – what does it involve?
d.Staffing and resourcing.
a. School policy.
b. School practice.
c. The role of the SENCO.
a. Identifying pupils with SEN.
b. P scales.
d. State mending – what does it involve?
e. Staffing and resourcing.
a. What is dyslexia.
b. Signs that tell you a child may have dyslexiac.
c. Supporting children with dyslexia.
a. Types of speech and language difficulties.
b. Signs that tell you a child may have speech and language difficulties.
c. Supporting children with speech and language difficulties.
a. What are behavioural, emotional, and social difficulties?
b. Signs that tell you a child may have behavioural, emotional, and social difficulties.
c.Supporting children with behavioural, emotional, and social difficulties.
d. Examples of behavioural, emotional, and social difficulties.
a. What are autism and asperger syndrome?
b. Signs that tell you a child may have ASD.
c. Home based approaches and interventions.
d. Supporting children with ASD in schools.
a. Signs that tell you a child may have ADHD.
b. Supporting children with ADHD at home at school.
a. How to identify talents and gifted children.
b. Signs that tell you a child may be talented and gifted.
c. Supporting talented and gifted children.
a. What are blindness and visual impairment?
b. Signs that tell you a child may have vision problems.
c. Supporting blind and visually impaired children in schools.
a. What is physical impairment?
b. What is cerebral palsy?
c. What is dyspraxia?
d. Signs that tell you a child may have physical difficulties.
e. Supporting physically impaired children in schools.
a. What is deafness?
b. Signs that tell you a child may have hearing problems.
c. Hearing aids and other technologies.
d. Communication approaches.
e. Supporting deaf children in schools.
a. What are intellectual disabilities?
b. Signs that tell you a child may have an intellectual disability.
c. Supporting children with intellectual disabilities.
a. What is dyscalculia?
b. Signs that tell you a child may have dyscalculia.
c. Supporting children with dyscalculia.
a. Using technology effectively.
b. Types of technology – hardware.
c. Types of technology – software.
a. Early years education.
b. Primary school.
c. Secondary school.
a. Providing support at home.
b. Mainstream or special school?
a. Gaining experience.
b. Applying for a job.
c. Who to approach.
d. What to include in your letter.
This is a non-regulated qualification which is endorsed by Focus Awards under the FQP scheme. They are not nationally recognised qualifications; on successful completion of your studies you will receive a Focus Awards Certificate of Achievement and a certificate of completion from Distance Learning Plus.
Focus Awards is regulated as an Awarding Organisation by Ofqual, the qualification regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Non-regulated qualifications endorsed under the FQP scheme are ideal for professionals required to demonstrate commitment to CPD (Continuous Professional Development), and for those wanting to gain specialist knowledge of a particular subject.
Anybody with a reasonable standard of general education will be able to cope with the academic demands. If you can read and write well enough to complete a job application, and have a good grasp of basic maths (add, subtract and divide) you should have no problems. The learning materials are written in simple everyday language and the answers to your assignments will be completed in the same style. In addition to the comprehensive learning materials provided, you will receive a Study Guide to assist you, and, of course, you will have the support of your tutor.
Your studies will cover the areas of study listed above through detailed exploration of the subject matter. You will also receive tasks and prompts for further personal exploration and research to carry out so that you can gauge how much you have learned. There are plenty of examples to help you but personal research is a prerequisite, so be prepared to use your initiative to fully answer the assignments.
This is a non-regulated qualification endorsed by Focus Awards under the FQP scheme.
Although the learning materials are comprehensive and informative, we do expect you to carry out your own investigations. After all, if you are not prepared to do your own research, you should be asking yourself if this is the right subject choice for you!
Your work is not graded; assignments are simply identified as Pass, Fail or Referred. For assignments not passed at first attempt, your tutor will advise on the improvements to be made to obtain a Pass on a reworking. A certificate of achievement will be issued by Focus Awards on successful completion of all the assignments.
No, this is a non-regulated qualification which has been endorsed by Focus Awards under their FQP scheme
The learning materials and accompanying tasks will help you to develop the necessary knowledge and confidence to successfully complete the tutor marked assignments. The tasks are designed to encourage you to apply your knowledge, and help you to develop relevant research and academic writing skills.
Yes, your tutor will ask you to resubmit your assignment and give you some pointers as to where you could improve.
You email your assignments one at a time for marking. This enables your tutor to properly assess the standard and style of your work for each section, and give you feedback which will be used on your next assignment; a process of continuous improvement. On obtaining feedback and comment you will either move on to the next assignment or review and rework the one you submitted.
You will receive login details to our Online Student Community. Here you will be able to access your course materials, contact your tutor, submit your work, and interact with other learners via the online forums.
Your studies should be completed within 12 months, but can be extended for a small fee if your tutor supports your request. As a rough guide, depending on your circumstances and commitment, you can complete your studies in about 100 study hours. There are no other deadlines to meet.
Although a word count is not given for the tutor marked assignments, it is important that you demonstrate to your tutor that you have fully understood the questions; a comprehensive Study Guide is included with your materials. Many students start slowly at first, but your tutor will give guidance to help and encourage you to improve.
Yes, you will need access to email and the internet to access your materials, submit assignments and do research. Most students also find word-processing their assignments is much more convenient than writing by hand.
All of the learning materials are online. You will receive a login to the online student community when you enrol, where you will be able to access the full set of materials and assessment tasks for your course.
I had worked as a Teaching Assistant in the local primary school for many years. There was a child that began in our school with special needs, he had learning difficulties. It became apparent he was going to need one to one care and support as his parents did not want to take him from mainstream school. I then asked the Head teacher if I could be put through a programme specific to those children with special needs so I could give the one to one support that the young boy needed. I also knew I could work with other children considered to have a learning difficulty.
SEN Teaching Assistants still have similar roles to a Teaching Assistant in preparing learning materials for lessons, encouraging and supporting children. More specifically to SEN they would have to carry out the child’s care plan and encourage the child to communicate and engage with others. Physical needs may also have to be supported.
Generally, there are no required qualifications needed to become an SEN Teaching Assistant as it comes down to what LEA’s are looking for. It is suggested however that a qualification is taken such as Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools. Courses and programmes can be taken when in employment to ensure that you are able to work with children specifically with Special Educational Needs.
Salaries for full time – £12,000 – £17,000
Teaching Assistants usually are paid for term time only (known as pro-rata).