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UK Open College

SEN Special Needs Teaching Assistant Level 3

UK Open College

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Typology Vocational qualification Level 3
Methodology Distance Learning
Class hours 100h
Duration Flexible
Start Different dates available
  • Vocational qualification Level 3
  • Distance Learning
  • 100h
  • Duration:
  • Start:
    Different dates available

This home study Special Needs (SEN) Teaching Assistant course is designed for people who wish to gain an understanding of principles and practice teaching/classroom assistant roles and gain an accredited award relevant to employment. If your aim is to eventually specialise in working within the SEN sector then this course could be the one for you. The demand for SEN qualified staff is huge and growing fast. Update or add a new skill and increase your opportunities.

The aims of the course are to provide comprehensive knowledge and skills appropriate to the conduct of a classroom support role specifically with special needs children, and to participation in a wide range of classroom support activities.

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· Requirements

There are no previous skills or qualifications required to register for this study programme. This course is open to students of all ages and backgrounds. Enrolments can be taken at anytime of the year unlike the traditional local college who tend only to enrol in September. Home Learning offers true flexibility.


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Reviews on this course

Rebecca Valentine
3.5 20/12/2016
What I would highlight: Studying from home while working is a good combination with UK Open College. They are really flexible and tutors are very supportive. the structure and layout was quite easy to understand. Sometimes the test questions were repetitive. But all in all the structure and content were great.
What could be improved: Nothing.
Would you recommend this course?: Yes
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)
Mrs Beghal
4.5 20/05/2014
What I would highlight: I had some doubts about enrolling because I had never taken a course like this. I am not so young anymore, so, I was too embarrassing of going to school again. About this point I must say UK Open College was an excellent choice to learn how to work with children and particularly ones with learning difficulties. My initial apprehension has been overcome since I have a routine now which suits my circumstances. I feel totally confident to send an email to my tutor with my doubts and get so quick answers. Better late than never to study!
What could be improved: Nothing.
Would you recommend this course?: Yes
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)
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What you'll learn on the course

Child Protection
Child Psychology
Teaching Assistant
Teacher Education
Special Needs Teaching
Special Needs Care
Childhood develpoment
Child Nutrition
Teaching Strategies
Teaching Techniques
Child care
Child Teaching

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Allocated Upon Enrolment
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Course programme

1. What are special educational needs?

  • What are special educational needs (SEN)?
  • The SEN code of practice 2001
  • Signs that tell a child may have SEN
  • What qualities are needed to be a SEN teaching assistant?
  • What skills are needed to be a SEN teaching assistant?

2. Theory of special needs

  • History of special needs education
  • The inclusive approach to special needs education

3. The big picture of special educational needs provision

  • Government policy
  • Legislation
  • Codes of practice and other guidance
  • Ofsted
  • SEN reforms planned for 2014

4. SEN provision in your school

  • School policy
  • School practice
  • The role of the SENCO

5. Observation, testing and assessment

  • Identifying pupils with SEN
  • P scales
  • Pivats
  • Statementing – what does it involve?
  • Staffing and resourcing

6. Supporting dyslexia and literacy

  • What is dyslexia?
  • Signs that tell you a child may have dyslexia
  • Supporting children with dyslexia

7. Aiding speech and language difficulties

  • Types of speech and language difficulties
  • Signs that tell you a child may have speech and language difficulties
  • Supporting children with speech and language difficulties

8. Managing behavioural, emotional and social difficulties

  • What are behavioural, emotional and social difficulties?
  • Signs that tell you a child may have behavioural, emotional and social difficulties
  • Supporting children with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties
  • Examples of behavioural, emotional and social difficulties

9. Supporting autism and asperger syndrome

  • What are autism and asperger syndrome?
  • Signs that tell you a child may have ASD
  • Home based approaches and interventions
  • Supporting children with ASD in schools

10. ADHD

  • What is ADHD?
  • Signs that tell you a child may have ADHD
  • Supporting children with ADHD at home and at school

11. Teaching talented and gifted children

  • How to identify talented and gifted children
  • Signs that tell you a child may be talented and gifted
  • Supporting talented and gifted children

12. Supporting blindness and visual impairment

  • What are blindness and visual impairment?
  • Signs that tell you a child may have vision problems
  • Supporting blind and visually impaired children in schools

13. Physical impairment and cerebral palsy

  • What is physical impairment?
  • What is cerebral palsy?
  • What is dyspraxia?
  • Signs that tell you a child may have physical difficulties
  • Supporting physically impaired children in schools

14. Deafness and hearing impairment

  • What is deafness?
  • Signs that tell you a child may have hearing problems
  • Hearing aids and other technologies
  • Communication approaches
  • Supporting deaf children in schools

15. Intellectual difficulties

  • What are intellectual disabilities?
  • Signs that tell you a child may have an intellectual disability
  • Supporting children with intellectual disabilities

16. Dyscalculia and numeracy

  • What is dyscalculia?
  • Signs that tell you a child may have dyscalculia
  • Supporting children with dyscalculia

17. Using technology

  • Why use technology?
  • Using technology effectively
  • Types of technology – hardware
  • Types of technology – software

18. The different ages of the child

  • Early years education
  • Primary school
  • Secondary school

19. Providing support at home and choosing the right school

  • Providing support at home
  • Mainstream or special school?

20. Finding a job in SEN

  • Gaining experience
  • Applying for a job
  • Who to approach
  • What to include in your letter
  • Preparing for an interview

Level 3 (SEN) Teaching Assistant Award

At the end of this course successful learners will be awarded a certificate of achievement by NCFE. NCFE is recognised as an awarding organistation by the qualification regulators ('regulators') for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The regulators are the office of qualifications and examination regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Welsh Government and the council for Curriculum, examinations and assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland.

This course has been accredted under the NCFE IIQ licence and the course measurable learning outcomes have been benchmarked at level 3 (Using Ofquals qualificaiton and credit framework (QCF) level descriptors) to allow you to consider the depth of study, difficulty and level of acheivement involved. This course is provided in partnership with My Distance Learning College an approved NCFE Investing in quality centre (IIQ) to give formal recognition to our courses.

The course has been designed to specifically meet the needs of learners who prefer to study at home or as a pathway course. NCFE accreditation gives assurance that the content is of a high standard and meets the rigorous requirements of a national awarding body. NCFE accreditation also gives formal recognition to our courses which result in the "award" of a certificate of acheivement.

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