Learning Support (7320)

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Last Updated: 21 Jul 2016
Both the Award in Preparing to Support Learning and the Certificate in Learning Support can help you build a career in the learning support sector. You'll gain the communication and teaching skills you need to encourage learners to feel confident about their abilities and perform at their best.

These qualifications are intended to meet the needs of generalist learning support practitioners and will provide accredited professional development opportunities for those currently and newly working in the lifelong learning sector. These qualifications are underpinned by the National Occupational Standards for learning support practitioners.

Learning support contributes to the provision of inclusive learning opportunities. It enables identified learner needs to be met and learners’ independence, achievement and progression to be promoted.

These Awards and Certificates are for anyone who works, or wants to work, as a learning support practitioner.

Learning support practitioners provide support to meet a range of needs, across all areas of learning and in a wide range of formal and informal settings. They can be found working across the lifelong learning sector and in a diverse range of roles. Learning support practitioners share common aspects of practice. They:

  • support learners within the learning process
  • work directly with learners
  • work under the direction of the person(s) leading the learning.

You don't need any previous experience in the learning support sector to take this qualification, but your English, maths and ICT skills will be assessed to ensure they're adequate.

 

Available to deliver in the following:
  • England
  • Wales
  • Scotland
  • Northern Ireland

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General Information

What Is Involved In Studying This Course?

You'll cover things like:

  • Communication skills
  • Teaching methods
  • Managing behaviour
  • Equality and diversity
  • Specialist learning support areas, for example in a specific vocation or of a specific age group.

You will learn in a group with your training provider. You'll be assessed by practical demonstrations and assignments.

Which level is right for me?

Level 2
This level provides the basis for an introductory programme, appropriate for both new and existing learning support practitioners. It represents a minimum standard for practice as a learning support practitioner.

Level 3
You may be an experienced learning support worker or quite new to the area. You have strong communication skills which you want to develop to help others learn more effectively.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

The Award in Preparing to Support Learning or the Certificate in Learning Support could help you build a career as a learning support practitioner in a variety of learning environments.

You could go on to provide support in schools, further education, adult and community learning or work-based learning.

Once you have completed the Level 3 Award, you could take the Level 3 Certificate.

You could also go on to take Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills Qualifications to help you get a more senior learning support role.

What Is Involved With Delivering This Course?

To deliver these qualifications you will need qualified assessors - you can train internal members of staff or recruit specially.

You will also need suitable facilities to carry out the required training to enable learners to achieve industry standards.

Anyone can take this qualification, provided they pass an English, maths and ICT assessment.

To find all the resource requirements for assessment and delivery, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

Level 3

You may be an experienced learning support worker or quite new to the area. You have strong communication skills which you want to develop to help others learn more effectively.

Choose between a shorter award or a longer certificate at this level.

For the award, you complete one core unit:

  • Preparing to support learning.

To achieve the certificate, you complete four core units:

  • Preparing to support learning
  • Approaches to learning
  • Learning support in lifelong learning contexts
  • Principles of learning support

You also choose one or two optional units from:

  • Equality and diversity
  • Managing behaviours in the learning environment
  • Providing learners with personal care support
  • Supporting learners in a subject or vocational area
  • Supporting the learning of 14-19 year olds.

For more information, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

The Award in Preparing to Support Learning or the Certificate in Learning Support could help you build a career as a learning support practitioner in a variety of learning environments.

You could go on to provide support in schools, further education, adult and community learning or work-based learning.

Once you have completed the Level 3 Award, you could take the Level 3 Certificate.

On completion of the Level 3 Certificate in Learning Support, candidates may wish to consider gaining qualified teaching status and can progress to the following qualifications provided they meet the necessary entry requirements:

  • 6302 Level 3/4 Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS)
  • 6304 Level 3/4 Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (CTLLS)
  • 6305 Level 5 Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS).

Level 3 Award in Preparing to Support Learning (7320-02)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2013
Closed for registrations

Level 3 Award in Preparing to Support Learning

  • Accreditation No: 500/5918/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: 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: 31/12/2016 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 Certificate in Learning Support (7320-03)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2013 Supportive services: Learning Assistant
Closed for registrations

Level 3 Certificate in Learning Support

  • Accreditation No: 500/5934/8 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: 150 - 150 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: 31/12/2016 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

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