South Devon College

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Children and Young People

If you want a rewarding career that will help you make a positive impact on young people's lives, then a job as a teaching assistant will help you make a real difference. Not only is this a fulfilling career, but can also be fit around a busy family life, offering an opportunity for working families to potentially retrain in a more convenient career path.

These are specialist qualifications that are a national requirement if you wish to work in the school classroom, either in primary, secondary or further education. This means that our courses are suitable for anyone who wants to inspire and support children aged from 5 to 19 years old in a classroom environment.

We enjoy high levels of success, and many of our students have gone on to secure teaching assistant jobs throughout Torbay and South Devon.


Courses

Completing a CACHE Early Years Educator qualification will show that you have been trained to the highest of standards, equipping you with the best early years qualification out there. This is now the must-have qualification for all those wanting to work with children from birth to five years of age, and will provide you with the licence to practise and the status of being an Early Years Educator.

The course is 2 years long and you will need to attend for one evening per week and attend a 2 day work placement in an early years setting that is grade 1 or grade 2 Ofsted rated. You will also require a GCSE grade C or equivalent in English and GCSE grade E or equivalent in Maths.

You will learn through classroom based sessions and by written coursework assessments. You will also be visited by an assessor in placement who will observe your practical skills.

This course runs on Tuesday evenings from 16:45-19:45.

Code Location Dates Day Time Weeks 19 - 23 Fee19+ Fee
DP3EYW1EPaignton Campus 19/SEP/17 -
26/JUN/19
Tue 17 00 -
20 00
33£2,982.00

FC T3

£2,982.00

FC19+

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To find out when the next Early Years Workforce course is scheduled, please contact our Helpzone team on 08000 380123


This course is aimed at those who want more knowledge and experience of Forest Schools, and for those who assist in Forest School sessions.
The course is run on various dates over a total of 6 days and you will also have 6 months to complete an online portfolio.
You will learn both inside the classroom and outside in South Devon College’s Conservation Area. We also have an online learning environment where resources and tutor guidance will be available.
The cost for this course is £370.

Topics Covered:
• Planning and delivery of a Forest School programme
• Woodland environment
• Learning and child development
• Practical skills including den building, fire lighting and tool use

Entry Requirements
• You will need access to Forest School sessions for practical elements of the assessment.
• The Department for Education’s minimum age for a Forest School Leader is 21, but assistants can be younger
• GCSE in English Language at grade C or above (or equivalent) is desirable
• You will need suitable clothing as sessions take place whatever the weather

Code Location Dates Day Time Weeks 19 - 23 Fee19+ Fee
AW2FSC1PPaignton Campus TBC TBC TBC 6£370.00

FC

£370.00

FC

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To find out when the next Forest School course is scheduled, please contact our Helpzone team on 08000 380123


This course is aimed at those who want an introduction to Forest School.
The course is run on various dates over 2 mornings and you will also have 6 months to complete an online portfolio.
You will learn both inside the classroom and outside in South Devon College’s Conservation Area. We also have an online learning environment where resources and tutor guidance will be available.
The cost for this course is £80.

Topics Covered:
• Planning and delivery of a Forest School programme
• Woodland environment
• Learning and child development
• Practical skills including den building, fire lighting and tool use

Entry Requirements
• You will need access to Forest School sessions for practical elements of the assessment.
• The Department for Education’s minimum age for a Forest School Leader is 21, but assistants can be younger
• GCSE in English Language at grade C or above (or equivalent) is desirable
• You will need suitable clothing as sessions take place whatever the weather

Code Location Dates Day Time Weeks 19 - 23 Fee19+ Fee
AW1FSB1PPaignton Campus TBC TBC TBC TBC£167.00

FC

£167.00

FC

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To find out when the next Forest School Level 1 course is scheduled, please contact our Helpzone team on 08000 380123


This qualification is aimed at adults (19+) who wish to gain the skills and knowledge required to plan and lead groups in Forest School, and will enable participants to set up and run a Forest School Programme as a Level 3 practitioner. You will learn both inside the classroom and outside in South Devon College's Conservation Area. We also have an online learning environment where resources and tutor guidance will be available.

This course will run on Monday afternoons for 3 hours over 16 weeks, from 13:30 to 16:30. You can start in September 2017 with other dates available. The course cost is £999.

The qualification covers the following topics:

-Delivery of a Forest School Programme
-Woodland Environment
-Learning and Child Development
-Planning a Forest School Programme
-Practical Skills (including den building, fire lighting and tool use).

Entry Requirements:
-You will need access to Forest School sessions for practical elements of the assessment.
-The Department for Education's minimum age for a Forest School Leader is 21.
-This is a level 3 qualification, therefore GCSE in English language at C or above (or equivalent) is desirable.
-You will need suitable clothing as sessions take place whatever the weather.

Code Location Dates Day Time Weeks 19 - 23 Fee19+ Fee
CT3FSL1PPaignton Campus 15/SEP/17 -
31/JUL/18
Mon TBC TBC£942.00

FC

£942.00

FC19+

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To find out when the next Forest School Programme Leadership course is scheduled, please contact our Helpzone team on 08000 380123


This one year course could be the perfect choice for you if you want to work within early years care and education, learning through a combination of both practical and academic study.

This course is aimed at adults who will attend College one evening a week, learning the essential knowledge required to work with children, before putting theory into practice during a placement in an early years setting for two days a week. This can be a voluntary placement or employment within early years.

You will be taught by supportive and professional staff, using a variety of methods that includes the latest technology and our extensive bank of early years resources.

Your study will include the following:
Child Development 0-7 years
Play and Learning
Safe and Healthy Practice

Entry Requirements:
GCSE English Language (or equivalent) at grade D
GCSE Maths (or equivalent) at grade D

However please contact to discuss individual opportunities if you do not meet these requirements.

Code Location Dates Day Time Weeks 19 - 23 Fee19+ Fee
CT2IEY1EPaignton Campus 12/SEP/17 -
03/JUL/18
Tue 16 45 -
19 45
36£740.00

T2

£740.00

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To find out when the next Introduction to Early Years Education and Care course is scheduled, please contact our Helpzone team on 08000 380123


This Level 3 Diploma is divided equally by studying the underpinning knowledge, as well as the techniques behind effective practice in the classroom, developing you as a competent and confident teaching assistant.

The course is comprised of 15 units of work, which are all part of the National Occupational Standards for Teaching Assistants, including: communication and positive relationships, supporting learning activities, promoting positive behaviour and child and young person development.

In addition to attending taught sessions, you will be able to put your knowledge into practice, spending at least 2 days per week in a classroom setting, either through a paid or voluntary placement. Work is assessed through written assignment as well as performance assessment in the workplace. Upon completion you will be able to find employment or alternatively consider further study.

Applicants should hold a GCSE grade C or equivalent in English language and grade E or equivalent in Maths.

This course is available on Monday mornings or Tuesday evenings.

Code Location Dates Day Time Weeks 19 - 23 Fee19+ Fee
DP3TSP1EPaignton Campus 20/SEP/17 -
28/JUN/18
Tue 17 00 -
20 00
36£2,325.00

FC

£2,325.00

FC19+

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DP3TSS1PPaignton Campus 18/SEP/17 -
16/JUL/18
Mon 9 30 -
13 00
36£2,325.00

FC

£2,325.00

FC19+

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To find out when the next Teaching Assistant course is scheduled, please contact our Helpzone team on 08000 380123


This Level 3 Diploma is divided equally by studying the underpinning knowledge, as well as the techniques behind effective practice in the classroom, developing you as a competent and confident teaching assistant in Specialist Support in Teaching and Learning in Schools.

The course is comprised of 15 units of work, which are all part of the National Occupational Standards for Teaching Assistants, including: communication and positive relationships, supporting learning activities, promoting positive behaviour and child and young person development.

In addition to attending taught sessions, you will be able to put your knowledge into practice, spending at least 2 days per week in a classroom setting, either through a paid or voluntary placement. Work is assessed through written assignment as well as performance assessment in the workplace. Upon completion you will be able to find employment or alternatively consider further study.

Applicants should hold a GCSE grade C or equivalent in English language and grade E or equivalent in Maths.

This course will run on Tuesday mornings from 9:30 to 13:00, beginning on Tuesday 30th January 2018.

Code Location Dates Day Time Weeks 19 - 23 Fee19+ Fee
DP3TSF1PPaignton Campus 01/FEB/18 -
25/JAN/19
Tue 9 30 -
13 00
36£2,325.00

FC

£2,325.00

FC

Apply

To find out when the next Teaching Assistant course is scheduled, please contact our Helpzone team on 08000 380123


Funding

We have a wide variety of financial support available for adults to fund your studies, as well as a dedicated finance team to help make studying with us affordable.

If you are aged 19 or over, and studying a Level 3, 4, 5 or 6 course, you could apply for an Advanced Learner Loan. The Advanced Learner Loan is a government-funded loan to help learners. It's easy to apply for, doesn't take your household income into account and doesn't involve a credit check.

We can also support you with a Learner Support Fund, which can assist with costs including childcare, college meals, exam fees and course materials. The amount of funding you can receive depends on your personal circumstances, and you could be entitled to free tuition if you're studying a Level 2 course. In the event that you do have to pay a course fee, this can be managed in an affordable way through our direct debit scheme, with monthly payments starting at just £25.

Find out more about the funding you could receive, here.


Are you an adult looking for an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are a great way of gaining important skills and qualifications with work-based training. You'll also receive a wage whilst you study, which makes apprenticeship training a fantastic option for adults preparing for employment.

You can start an apprenticeship even if you are already employed, or the College can help you secure an employer in a relevant field. They develop real work experience, and you gain both technical and academic skills with 4 days per week spent in the workplace and the remaining day in College.


Progress onto university with South Devon College

We also have an extensive degree programme, delivered in partnership with Plymouth University, so when you complete your studies you could progress to a related university degree that will develop the knowledge you need to excel.

If you don't feel quite ready for university study, our Access to Higher Education Diplomas can help you prepare, so there's nothing to stop you from achieving your goals. We have courses in a number of subject areas, as well as support with interview techniques and UCAS applications to other institutions.


Not found the right Children and Young People course? Contact us for more information! 08000 380123 / @SDCollege / enquiries@southdevon.ac.uk