This course is perfect for learners aged 19 upwards who want to further develop their skills in order to become an Advanced Practitioner. You will need to be working within a school or college setting in order to complete this qualification.

About the course

This course will provide professional development for practitioners working in the school or college workforce and provide a wealth of experience to the learner. It will enable you to work as a Higher Level Practitioner or Higher Level Teaching Assistant upon completion, or progress into management opportunities.

You will learn through a variety of different methods including practical work during your course to develop your skills. Your assessments throughout this course will keep you on track to achieve; the ypes of assessment could include observations in your employment, assignment tasks and a portfolio of evidence to support your learning.

Your tutor will be on hand to support you throughout your course to help develop your skills and help you prepare you for your next steps.

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    Your study programme incorporates valuable additions to help you succeed which include: regular one-to-ones with highly qualified and experienced professionals who will help you to manage your workload and give you valuable feedback; dedicated careers advisors who will provide you with a wide range of support including CV writing, UCAS applications, interview skills and much more.

Areas of study

Your areas of study may include:

  • Enabling Individuals to Learn
  • Understand how to Support Children and Young People to Improve their Mental Health and Well-being
  • Working with Others to Support Individuals with Additional Needs and Disability in a School or College Setting
  • Working with Families and Other Professionals in a School or College Setting
  • How to Implement Change in a School or College Setting

Entry requirements

This qualification is designed for learners aged 19+.

Career prospects

Upon successful completion of your course, you may choose to continue your studies and apply for university as this course is the equivalent of the first year of a bachelor's degree. There is also a range of employment options available to you following this course including roles such as a Higher Level Practitioner or Higher Level Teaching Assistant, and opportunities within leadership, management and mentorship. 

Additional information

Coming to College is a full time commitment and you will need to ensure that you have factored in the cost of travelling to College and potentially to a local work placement. If you are concerned about this, please click here to see what financial support is available through our Student Services team.

We do recommend a few good resources that you can choose to purchase which we discuss at interview. We may also request contributions are made to trips and outings.