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Start Date:Duration:Level:Study mode:Course location:Course Type:
16/09/20201 Year3Part-Time EveningWashington CampusSkills & Qualifications

What’s it all about?

The course is for people who want to work within the school sector and do not already possess a relevant Level 3 qualification. It will provide you with a ‘licence to practice’ unsupervised with children and young people within the school sector.

You’ll need to be over 19 and hold a relevant Level 2 qualification such as Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools or have experience of working with children and young people. In addition you will need to possess an Adult Literacy an

Study levelCostAdditional fees
19+1202.00*An additional fee of £40 will be required for your DBS (police check). This may be wavered under specific circumstances. Personal expenditure is minimal but you will be required to provide items of stationary such as pens and papers as well as purchasin

The course is both theoretical and practical and is assessed within college and a relevant educational setting (one day per week in a workplace environment).

English and Maths are important life skills that will help you to achieve your best in your studies and progress to your dream career. If you have not already achieved grade 9-4 in GCSE Maths and/ or English at school, we will support you to improve your skills.

one day per week in a workplace environment

one day per week in a workplace environment

Tuesday 6pm-9pm or Tuesday 9.30am-3.00pm or Friday 9.30am-3.00pm

This course will give you the skills and knowledge specifically for working within the school sector covering:

Understanding how to safeguard the well-being of children and young people
Promoting children and young people’s positive behaviour

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What’s next?

After completing the course you could find employment as an educational practitioner (Teaching Assistant/Learning Support Assistant) within the school sector.

You could also choose to continue studying on the FdA Education and Care course or gain your HLTA Status.

Completing the course would also allow you to continue your studies at a university level.

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Why college is different to school

A fresh start

Sometimes you just need a clean break to become the person you were destined to be. Starting college is the perfect opportunity to break free and become that new person!

New people

Our diverse student community means that you will meet lots of new people of different ages, backgrounds and interests, so you can enjoy making lifelong friendships!

Specialist Staff

Most of our lecturers are industry savvy and are experts in teaching 16-18 year olds. They have lots of valuable experience and knowledge to pass onto you.


College is a more mature and relaxed environment than school and you are treated like an adult. You’ll be on first name terms with your lecturers so no more Sir and Miss! You can also start to make your own decisions.

Free time

Your timetable will be very different to school. You will have a lot more free time to take part in extra-curricular activities, study, or get extra money and work experience with a part-time job.

Different environment

College is a very different learning environment to school. You may even become more inspired and have a new motivation to work towards your future goal in a college environment.

More choice

A college can offer a much wider choice of A-Level subjects, plus vocational courses in lots of different subjects and at different levels.

More opportunities

You will have the opportunity to take part in lots of different activities outside of the classroom to boost your confidence and help you develop your skills and personal qualities.

Specialist facilities

A college can invest in an extensive range of industry-standard facilities to give you the skills and knowledge to prepare for university or employment, and can also offer subjects that need specialist facilities.


Higher education teaching professionals

Higher education teaching professionals deliver lectures and teach students to at least first degree level, undertake research and write journal articles and books in their chosen field of study.

Medium Salary

£ 54308

5269 people employed as Higher education teaching professionals in the current year.

Further education teaching professionals

Further education teaching professionals supervise and teach trade, technical, commercial, adult education, secondary and post-secondary courses to students beyond minimum school leaving age.

Medium Salary

£ 37835

4684 people employed as Further education teaching professionals in the current year.

Secondary education teaching professionals

Secondary (and middle school deemed secondary) education teaching professionals plan, organise and provide instruction in one or more subjects, including physical education and diversionary activities, within a prescribed curriculum in a secondary or secondary/ middle school.

Medium Salary

£ 48401

11620 people employed as Secondary education teaching professionals in the current year.

99.1% overall pass rate for A-Levels

(*Summer 2019).

Why choose Sunderland College for A-Levels?

We have a 100% pass rate in 20 A-Level subjects.

(*Summer 2019)

We offer the widest range of A-Level subjects in the region.

Our teaching staff are A-Level experts and specialise in teaching 16-19 year olds.

Our High Achievers programme supports gifted and talented students to reach their full potential by developing their skills and talents.

We have excellent pastoral and academic support from our dedicated sixth form staff.

We have an extensive enrichment programme and links with universities.