Learners who want a progression course into employment in school or who are already employed and need a qualification at level 3.
Length of course
4 hours a week plus 1 day a week in a placement, for 18 months
It covers the age range from birth to 19 years and is made up of mandatory units which are based on a knowledge and skills. Topics covered include child development, health and safety, the national curriculum, safeguarding, personal development and many others relevant to working in a school environment.
There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification but you'll need to be at least 19 years of age and have a good standard of English. You'll also need to have at least 6 months experience of working regularly in a school environment.
You'll need to already be working, volunteering or on a practical placement in a school, to show competence in both knowledge and skills.
Price on application.
You may get a fee reduction or remission if you're under 24 and don't have a full level 2 qualification, or are on certain benefits.
For details of how to pay and any fee reductions or remission that may apply see our paying for a course page.
How to apply
You'll need to book an appointment to attend an information session with a tutor before you can start the course, to make sure it's the right one for you.
Sessions take place at Wellington House in Barnsley town centre and last about 30 minutes.
What you can do next
Progression onto HLTA, foundation degree, or full degree plus QTS.
Employment in a school in a more senior role.
What our learners say
The course gave me the confidence to work in a nursery and be good at my job.
It has given me the confidence to look for other work opportunities that I wouldn't have considered before.
It has helped me to decide what I would like to do in the future!
I have been able to apply for Teaching Assistant jobs and feel confident doing so.
My teaching assistant course was a great experience. I can't wait to continue at Level 3.