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  • Objectives
    The course allows participants to gain knowledge, skills and understanding about their role of learning support, to meet with others working in similar situations and to gain a higher education qualification. The DipHE comprises of the 120 credits at Level 1 plus a further 120 credits at Level 2. Modules are usually worth 20 credits and run for 10 weeks each term, totalling 20 hours contact time.
  • Entry requirements
    This programme is designed for anyone supporting learning in an educational setting. Currently the programme has attracted professionals working as learning support assistants, general assistants or teaching assistants in primary, secondary and special schools. The programme is also suitable for those working in Further Education (FE) as learning supporters who wish to gain further qualifications in the field.
  • Academic Title
    Diploma HE Learning Support
  • Course description
    What does the programme cover?

    Examples of the types of modules included in the programme:

    -Cognitive Processes: Teaching Children to Think
    -Disability Equality Awareness Raising
    -Educational Approaches for Children in Need
    -Independent Study
    -Introduction to Education Policy
    -Managing Behaviour
    -Social Policy and Children
    -Special Educational Needs in the Ordinary Schools
    -Supporting Learning: assessing, planning and recording
    -The Voice of the Learner
    -Thinking and Learning
    -Understanding Diversity and Social Content
    -Working with Literacy Difficulties

    Assessment requirements vary for each module but normally include a written assignment on a topic negotiated with the module leader. Other approaches include five minute presentations, reflective journals, portfolio of tasks and poster presentations.

    Careers/further study
    You can progress from the DipHE to the BA(Hons) Education in Professional Practice. Such a degree can enable progression into PGCE Primary QTS though this is not guaranteed.

    Entry requirements
    Applicants will need to provide evidence which demonstrates that they can benefit from study in higher education at Level 1 and 2 and are likely to achieve the required standard. Normally this would mean:

    -five subjects at GCSE/O-level standard, or
    -two subjects at GCE A-level and at least one year working with children or young people.
    -Please note: students who do not meet the minimum academic entry requirements, but have significant life and/or work experience will be considered on an individual basis

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