Learning Support (6259)

Last Updated: 16 Nov 2016
The Learning Support qualifications support the professionalisation of the learning support workforce. This qualification suite is underpinned by the National Occupational Standards for Learning Support staff.
All the Certificate qualifications contain three common mandatory units which include the essential knowledge, understanding and professional practice required of all practitioners. They are contextualised for each specialism.

There is also a range of optional units available and they provide the opportunity to address the skill needs, specialism and context needed.    
These qualifications are aimed at Learning support practitioners and their employers, although there is no national requirement to undertake these qualifications at present. These qualifications are available for employers and individuals who identify accredited opportunities as best meeting their needs.
Available to deliver in the following:
  • England
  • Wales
  • Northern Ireland

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General Information

What Is Involved In Studying This Course?

To find all the requirements for assessment and delivery, download the course handbooks from the key documents section.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

Learning support Practitioner
Senior Learning Support Practitioner
Specialist Learning Support roles
First line management (depending on experience).

What Is Involved With Delivering This Course?

Learning support practice may include: Employed practice, voluntary practice and/or placement in a learning support role.

Learning support practice for these qualifications must be within a quality assured environment. Any appropriate location for practice will allow a trainee learning support practitioner to meet the requirement of the standards. There is a requirement to evidence working with individuals and small groups of learners to achieve this qualification.

Level 2

The Level 2 Award for Learning Support Practitioners prepares the learners for supporting learning in a wide range of contexts. This qualification is useful for those wishing to try out the role and for others who have learning support as a small part of their wider work role. The Award also provides an important stepping stone for those in related volunteer roles.

The qualification allows candidates to achieve the award without undertaking a learning support role.  

What Careers Can This Lead To?

Candidates may progress to the following qualifications:
Level 3 Award in Preparing to Support Learning
Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Learning
Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Literacy, Language and Numeracy Learning
Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Disabled Learners
Level 3 Certificate in Communication Support for D/deaf learners

Level 2 Award for Learning Support Practitioners (6259-02)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2018

Level 2 Award for Learning Support Practitioners

  • Accreditation No: 600/8001/2 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 6 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 30 - 30 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2020 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 Supporting Learning (6259-02)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2018

Level 2 Award in Preparing to Support Learning

  • Accreditation No: 600/8001/2 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit Based Qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 6 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 30 - 30 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2020 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3

The Level 3 Award for Learning Support Practitioners introduces learners to the principles of learning support, and the Level 3 Certificate for Learning Support Practitioners equips the learner with the necessary skills, knowledge and competence for providing learning support across a range of contexts.

In addition at Level 3, there is a range of specialist qualifications, the Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Literacy, Language and Numeracy Learning, the Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Disabled Learners and the Level 3 Certificate in Communication Support for Deaf learners.

Candidates should be supported in choosing the most appropriate qualification - either for their current role or related to plans for progression.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

Progression opportunities include a career as Learning Support Practitioners, Senior Learning Support Practitioners and other specialist roles.

Candidates may progress to other specialist qualifications:
Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Literacy, Language and Numeracy Learning
Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Disabled Learners
Level 3 Certificate in Communication Support for D/deaf learners
Level 3 and 4 qualifications in Teaching and Training
Level 4 qualifications in Career Coaching and Mentoring

Level 3 Award for Learning Support Practitioners (6259-03)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2018

Level 3 Award for Learning Support Practitioners

  • Accreditation No: 600/6837/1 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 6 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 30 - 30 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2021 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 Supporting Learning (6259-03)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2018

Level 3 Award in Supporting Learning

  • Accreditation No: 600/6837/1 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit Based Qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 6 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 30 - 30 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2021 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 Certificate for Learning Support Practitioners (6259-04)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2018 Supportive services: Learning Assistant

Level 3 Certificate for Learning Support Practitioners

  • Accreditation No: 600/7977/0 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 30 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 145 - 155 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2021 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 Supporting Learning (6259-04)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2018 Supportive services: Learning Assistant

Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Learning

  • Accreditation No: 600/7977/0 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit Based Qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 30 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 145 - 155 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/12/2021 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 Supporting Literacy, Language and Numeracy Learning (6259-05)

Last Registration Date: 30 Sep 2016

Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Literacy, Language and Numeracy Learning

  • Accreditation No: 600/7985/X This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 36 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 145 - 155 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 30/09/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 Supporting Disabled Learners (6259-06)

Last Registration Date: 31 Oct 2017

Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Disabled Learners

  • Accreditation No: 600/7907/1 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 36 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 155 - 155 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/10/2020 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 Communication Support for Deaf Learners (6259-07)

Last Registration Date: 31 Oct 2017

Level 3 Certificate Communication Support for Deaf Learners

  • Accreditation No: 600/7993/9 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 36 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 190 - 190 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/10/2020 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

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