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Childhood Practice & SVQ Provision

Supporting children and young people with additional support needs (SCQF 7)

Campus OL - Open Learning/Cross Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 7

Study mode Open learning

Start date Sep 2024

Cost £120
(see funding options)

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Course overview

This course is designed to enable you to gain knowledge and understanding of additional support needs of children and young people and how to meet those needs in practice with current legislation and policy.

The course will investigate agencies and professionals offering support to children and young people with additional support needs and their families.

You will have the opportunity to observe and evaluate strategies used to support children and young people with additional support needs in real situations. You will also have the chance to reflect on these strategies and apply them to your practice.

The course starts with an introduction to the concept of ‘additional support needs’ followed by an analysis and evaluation of the theory that you are expected to apply to practice.

The topics studied will introduce you to the importance of understanding the factors that influence additional support needs and allow you to explore ways of successfully supporting a range of additional support needs including behaviour.

This course also enables learners to assess and evaluate additional support needs in children and young people by applying a range of observational techniques.

What you will learn

  • Explore and explain the term additional support needs.
  • Research a range of additional support needs.
  • Analyse and evaluate a range of strategies to support children and young people with additional support needs.
  • Investigate the range of professionals who can offer support to children and young people with additional needs.

Placement information

  • You will be currently working or volunteering on a regular basis in a childcare setting and have the appropriate PVG in place before commencing this unit. 

How the course is assessed

  • Written assessment
  • Case study
  • Observations and report

Number of days per week

  • One session per week for 10 weeks on an open learning basis where you work through the course materials in your own time.
  • Support sessions with a lecturer are available on Microsoft Teams, email or phone.

Entry requirements

  • 2 Highers or equivalent qualification at SCQF 6 (NC, SVQ 2)
  • Applicants without formal entry requirements but with a significant amount of experience in working with children will also be considered. Please detail this in your Personal Statement.
  • As the units are delivered online, applicants should be confident in using IT to access the course.
  • You must be currently working or volunteering in the childhood practice sector.

Writing a Personal Statement

Your Personal Statement is an important part of your application and can help us decide if you are suitable for the course.

To make sure that you are giving us all the information we need to consider your application thoroughly, please include the following:

  • Your reasons for applying for this course. Why does it interest you? Why are you suitable for this course?
  • Details of any relevant qualifications to meet the course entry requirements.
  • Information about any courses or training you have done that are relevant – this can include certificated training such as First Aid or CPD courses.
  • Details of any work experience (paid or voluntary) that is relevant to the course.
  • Your future career plans – how will this course help you to reach your goals?
  • You should check that the statement is written clearly, and using appropriate language. It’s a good idea to ask someone to proofread the statement before sending it.

English Proficiency Requirements

IELTS 5.5

Progression and Articulation Routes

  • HNC Childhood Practice
  • SVQ 3 Social Services Children and Young People
  • SVQ 3 Playwork
  • PDA Education Support Assistance

Career options

Working in a setting that supports children and young people with additional needs such as a school, nursery, playgroup or after-school club.

Study Options

Campus Study mode Start date Duration Cost
OL - Open Learning/Cross Campus Open learning 02/09/24 £120

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