This is a part time, 1 year programme which is one evening per week. This level 4 qualification aims to provide professional development opportunities for practitioners working in the school and college workforce. This qualification will embrace the wealth of experience, proven knowledge and skills of the learner in a teaching and learning environment. Learners will acquire and use skills of leadership, mentoring, coaching and reflection throughout this qualification via work based learning opportunities. Upon achievement of this qualification, you will be equipped as an Advanced Practitioner. The Advanced Practitioner will use crucial leadership skills to mentor others across all roles and responsibilities in the school or college workforce. All units are assessed internally by subject teachers. Over the 1 year duration of this course, you will cover a variety of topics that link to working with children in schools and colleges. You should already be working in a teaching assistant position and looking to excel your career to become a Higher Level Teaching Assistant. This course will require you to attend college one evening per week.
The topics covered are:
● Enabling individuals to learn.
● Understand how to support children and young people to improve their mental health and well-being
● Working with others to support individuals with additional needs and disability in a school or college
● Working with families and other professionals in a school or college setting
● Implementing change in school or college setting
This course is for learners who would like to progress within their current career as a Teaching Assistant. On this 1 year course you will develop your skill set exploring the roles and responsibilities and possible career progression routes.
You are required to have a disclosure and barring service check (DBS).
A dedicated placement assessor will support you while you gain hands-on work based industry skills. Subject teachers have industry experience which is shared with learners; this provides a stimulating learning environment and promotes positive learning.
Learners must be at least 18 years old and employed in a suitable role within a school or college; this can be supply work. Previous Level 3 study is a clear advantage but wealth of experience, knowledge and understanding of working in schools or colleges is a requirement for this qualification.
It is recommended that you have or are working towards either your maths and English GCSEs or functional skills equivalent.
You will be required to undertake an interview and will be expected to be enthusiastic about working in the school or college environment and supporting children and young people.
You will be assessed through a variety of assessment methods including discussions, role plays, displays, case studies, presentations and written work. All work is assessed internally by the subject teachers with the course being graded pass / fail.
On successful completion of this qualification you can progress onto:
● Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo).
● Higher Level Practitioner/Teaching Assistant.
● Internal progression within your current employment at a higher level, including those with management responsibilities.
● Leadership, mentoring, supervision and management opportunities.
● Undergraduate degree study level at university.