Learning Assistant Accredited @ SCQF Level 6

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Introduction

The programme will be delivered on a part-time basis and will allow candidates to flexibly access learning materials through a Virtual Learning Environment. Online and in person mentoring will be available to support candidates on their professional learning journey. The PDA Education Support Assistance Level 6 is suitable for staff already working within the Learning Assistant role and those who may wish to consider progressing their career in the future or candidates aspiring to work in an educational support role.

Course code

SLAA

Location

Dumfries Campus

Duration

This course is primarily online through self-directed learning platform with in person or online mentoring support from lecturer. The course is over 1 year.

Entry Requirements

Current or previous experience in an educational/ childcare setting.

Candidates who are not currently employed in the childcare/educational setting are responsible for co-ordinating a placement or volunteering in a childcare/educational setting

Information and Interview Session Requirements

Candidates would apply via the college website and provide a supporting statement outlining how they meet the entry requirements including details of their experience and professional development.

Permission to undertake the study is also required from your line manager.

Course Content

The PDA Level 6 Group Award is achieved on the successful attainment of six mandatory units and one optional unit. In total, you will need to achieve 80 HN credits to achieve the full Group Award.

Developing Professional Practice in an Education Setting: Workplace Experience

Understanding Professional Practice in an Education Setting

Development of Children and Young People in an Education Setting

Supporting Children and Young People who require Additional Support

Supporting the Behaviour of Children and Young People in an Education Setting

Protecting and Promoting the Rights of the Child

First Aid or Working with Children and Young People with Autism in an Education

Assessments

Assessment approaches are varied and include practical observations of work/ placement, written assignments, portfolios of evidence, reflective accounts, projects and presentations.

Additional funding information

No course fees

DG Council will fund 19.5 hours towards student’s study.

Selling Points

  • To enable learners to develop the skills and competencies of an Education Support Assistant.
  • To enable learners to develop specific knowledge associated with children and young people in education settings in Scotland
  • To build confidence and communication skills for developing, building and sustaining positive relationships
  • To provide learners with opportunities to gain a deeper knowledge of the wellbeing and development of children and young people and of Additional Support for Learning
  • To develop reflective professional practice and personal effectiveness in a variety of education settings.
  • To prepare learners for employment in a variety of education settings.

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