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SEN Teaching Assistant (Level 3)



Do you want to make a difference and follow a highly rewarding and fulfilling new career at the same time? Do you have a passion to help those who are seen to be different?

Many children in mainstream schools have problems with some aspect of learning, through physical impairment, speech difficulty or conditions such as dyslexia to name but a few. These conditions require specialist support from a qualified practitioner.

Accredited through the Focus Awards Focus on Quality Provision (FQP) Scheme, our SEN Teaching Assistant Course offers you the opportunity to help children with Special Educational Needs in the classroom. As a SEN Teaching Assistant your role can be crucial in providing focused support to both teachers and pupils.

As demand for SEN teaching assistants is at an all-time high, this course is perfect for the enthusiastic person seeking to make a worthwhile contribution.

The SEN Teaching Assistant course is comprised of 22 distinct units, which are detailed on the ‘Snapshot’ tab above. The course opens with a discussion, which delineates what we mean by “Special Educational Needs”, introduces the SEN Code of Practice 2001, and outlines what qualities are desirable in a Teaching Assistant.

The course looks at policy surrounding special needs provision and the core practices involved in teaching and working with children. You will learn the supporting role of the SEN classroom assistant with regard to classroom practices, specifically how teachers plan and prepare lessons, deliver their subject matter, and assess students. There is even a section on the SEN reforms planned for 2014.

At the core of the role of the practitioner is the support of pupils with disabilities and special educational needs. These units are tailored to give students competence in identifying pupils with special needs and learning difficulties, while at the same time providing a comprehensive understanding of the issues and subjects related to the support of children in education.


While there are no set requirements for this course, it would be advantageous to have an interest in education and in working with children. The ability to work as part of a team, the qualities of tact and sensitivity, a responsible attitude and a good deal of patience are desirable attributes if you wish to pursue a career in this specialism.

The course materials are laid out in an understandable format. You will also be supported by a tutor and you will receive a comprehensive study guide to help you through this period of learning.

You should take note that in order to work in a school environment, or indeed any other organisation that involves access to children, you may be required to undergo a Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) check.

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£35 deposit: remaining balance at the end of the month

Enrol for £35 deposit and remaining balance at the end of the month. Pay your deposit today get your course tomorrow!

Reduced fee of £269

£269 - all inclusive

Pay by 3 monthly instalments of £269 (approx)

£89 deposit followed by £89 for the next two months

The college accepts payment using the following methods:

Credit/Debit Card, Cheque, Postal Order and Invoice.

It is simple and safe to enrol online. Select one of the payment terms above and you will be taken to a secure sever to enter your details.

Once the enrolment process has been completed you will receive your introductory pack and login details to access your course textbooks, your tutor profile and their contact details.

We look forward to welcoming you as a student of the college and feel sure you will enjoy studying with us.

Key points for this course:

  • This is a fully supported home study course supported by your own tutor
  • Your enrolment fee covers absolutely everything – there will be nothing more to pay after you have enrolled, there are no hidden fees
  • You have 12 months to complete your course
  • You may enrol at any time of the year
  • Access available within 24 hourse

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If you are not happy with your course simply return it within 14 days and we will refund your fees in full.

All students enrolled on a course with Cambridge Open College receive access to our online student community (I Learn It Easy) where you can submit your work, contact your tutor, and interact with other students. We have prepared a short video below to highlight the benefits to you.

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