SEN Teaching Assistant (Level 3) Course

UK Learning College
Course summary
Length: 100 hours
Price: 498.80 GBP
Location: Distance
Next available date: Start anytime - Distance

SEN Teaching Assistant (Level 3) Course

Course Overview

A distance learning course is the ideal way to gain a qualification in Special Educational Needs (SEN) Teaching Assistant. Whether you're looking to go on to further education, improve your job prospects or expand your knowledge, distance learning Special Educational Needs Teaching Assistant is a flexible and convenient course, which allows you to comprehensively prepare for an exam or career through home study. What's more, because the distance learning Level 3 Special Educational Needs (SEN) Teaching Assistant course is a fully comprehensive course, no prior knowledge is required.

If you've always wanted to be involved in the classroom, helping children to understand how to communicate and interpret this world we've built for them, and have a passion to help those who are less or more able than the majority (gifted or talented children need help too), here's your chance to set out on a highly-rewarding and fulfilling new career.

The government is pushing hard for better adult to child ratios in the classroom. Money is being pumped into schools across the country to help them take on more Teaching Assistants, as this is regarded as the quickest, most cost-effective way to improve the staffing situation. SEN Teaching Assistants are in particularly short supply, so you will never have a better opportunity to get yourself up-to-speed and make a worthwhile contribution to this vibrant, positive and rewarding educational environment.

Our brand-new and revised Level 3 SEN Teaching Assistant Course will fully prepare you to take your place alongside a qualified teacher in any school in the UK. You will gain a real insight into education by studying the course, and it will provide you with the skills and knowledge to be able to take part in a wide range of classroom support activities. It will help you gain employment, and possibly whet your appetite to become a fully Qualified Teacher.

The course has been fully revised to reflect the recent changes in the teaching environment, and the wider educational world. There is even a section on the SEN reforms planned for 2014. It specifically provides information about how teachers plan and prepare lessons, deliver their subject matter, and assess students. Your role as a Teaching Assistant can be crucial in facilitating those processes.

The course opens with a discussion, which clarifies exactly what "Special Educational Needs" actually are, introduces the SEN Code of Practice 2001, and outlines what qualities you need to be a SEN Teaching Assistant. The course examines the "core learning structure", and how these skills form a vital part of teaching and working with children.  It also looks at the ways you will support classroom practices, the school and its management. You will gain insight into supporting pupils with disabilities and special educational needs, as well as the basics of literacy and numeracy.

Suitability - Who should attend?

Entry Requirements

The good news is that no prior learning knowledge or experience is essential to take this course.  This course is openly available to anyone wishing to learn more about SEN Teaching Assistant and would like to take part in a highly rewarding home study course. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and study further, so we try to keep our entry requirements to a minimum.

You have the freedom to start the course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 12 months from initial registration with full tutor support.

Outcome / Qualification etc.


This is a dual certification course. You will receive a certificate from both the College and also the National Awarding body NCFE. Fees for both are included in the course fee.

Qualification One: Special Educational Needs (SEN) Teaching Assistant Diploma

Special Educational Needs (SEN) Teaching Assistant Diploma issued by the UK Learning College.

Qualification Two: Special Educational Needs (SEN) Teaching Assistant Level 3 Award

In Scotland this course leads to a Level 6 for successful learners. This means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to level 6 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) for Scotland.

In Ireland this course leads to a Level 5 for successful learners. This means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to level 5 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) for Ireland.

This course has been accredited under MYDLC`s NCFE IIQ Licence and the course measurable learning outcomes have been benchmarked at Level 3 (using Ofqual’s Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) level descriptors) to allow you to consider the depth of study, difficulty, and level of achievement involved.

This course has been designed to meet specific learner requirements. Accreditation by NCFE is a guarantee of quality. It means that this learning programme has been scrutinised and approved by an independent panel of experienced educational professionals and is quality audited by NCFE.

About NCFE

NCFE is a registered accreditor and has a strong heritage in learning, going back over 150 years. NCFE is recognised as an awarding body by the qualification regulators ('regulators') for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The regulators are the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills (DCELLS) in Wales and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland.

Training Course Content

Course Structure

The Level 3 Special Educational Needs (SEN) Teaching Assistant course is divided into following comprehensive modules. 


Module 1: What are special educational needs?

  • What are special educational needs (SEN)?
  • The SEN code of practice 2001
  • Signs that tell a child may have SEN
  • What qualities are needed to be a SEN teaching assistant?
  • What skills are needed to be a SEN teaching assistant?

Module 2: Theory of special needs

  • History of special needs education
  • The inclusive approach to special needs education

Module 3: The big picture of special educational needs provision

  • Government policy
  • Legislation
  • Codes of practice and other guidance
  • Ofsted
  • SEN reforms planned for 2014

Module 4: SEN provision in your school

  • School policy
  • School practice
  • The role of the SENCO

Module 5: Observation, testing and assessment

  • Identifying pupils with SEN
  • P scales
  • Pivats
  • Statementing – what does it involve?
  • Staffing and resourcing

Module 6: Supporting dyslexia and literacy

  • What is dyslexia?
  • Signs that tell you a child may have dyslexia
  • Supporting children with dyslexia

Module 7: Aiding speech and language difficulties 

  • Types of speech and language difficulties
  • Signs that tell you a child may have speech and language difficulties
  • Supporting children with speech and language difficulties

Module 8: Managing behavioural, emotional and social difficulties

  • What are behavioural, emotional and social difficulties?
  • Signs that tell you a child may have behavioural, emotional and social difficulties
  • Supporting children with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties
  • Examples of behavioural, emotional and social difficulties

Module 9: Supporting autism and asperger syndrome

  • What are autism and asperger syndrome?
  • Signs that tell you a child may have ASD
  • Home based approaches and interventions
  • Supporting children with ASD in schools

Module 10: ADHD

  • What is ADHD?
  • Signs that tell you a child may have ADHD
  • Supporting children with ADHD at home and at school

Module 11: Teaching talented and gifted children

  • How to identify talented and gifted children
  • Signs that tell you a child may be talented and gifted
  • Supporting talented and gifted children

Module 12: Supporting blindness and visual impairment

  • What are blindness and visual impairment?
  • Signs that tell you a child may have vision problems
  • Supporting blind and visually impaired children in schools

Module 13: Physical impairment and cerebral palsy

  • What is physical impairment?
  • What is cerebral palsy?
  • What is dyspraxia?
  • Signs that tell you a child may have physical difficulties
  • Supporting physically impaired children in schools

Module 14: Deafness and hearing impairment

  • What is deafness?
  • Signs that tell you a child may have hearing problems
  • Hearing aids and other technologies
  • Communication approaches
  • Supporting deaf children in schools

Module 15: Intellectual difficulties

  • What are intellectual disabilities?
  • Signs that tell you a child may have an intellectual disability
  • Supporting children with intellectual disabilities

Module 16: Dyscalculia and numeracy

  • What is dyscalculia?
  • Signs that tell you a child may have dyscalculia
  • Supporting children with dyscalculia

Module 17: Using technology

  • Why use technology?
  • Using technology effectively
  • Types of technology – hardware
  • Types of technology – software

Module 18: The different ages of the child

  • Early years education
  • Primary school
  • Secondary school

Module 19: Providing support at home and choosing the right school

  • Providing support at home
  • Mainstream or special school?

Module 20: Finding a job in SEN

  • Gaining experience
  • Applying for a job
  • Who to approach
  • What to include in your letter
  • Preparing for an interview


Enrolment Fees

Our aim is to provide you with the best deal available, therefore the registration fee, certification fee and full tutor support is included in the course price for you. The enrolment fee for the Special Educational Needs home study course is £498.75, though for a limited time we are offering you the opportunity to pay only £399 which is a 20% discount if you enrol online and pay in full.

You can also opt for our Easy Payment Plan and enrol online today by paying a deposit of £149.75 and then 4 equal payments of £87.25 per month. The first instalment is paid about a month after you receive your course.

Payment Method
Pay in Full (Paper Version)
Instalment Plan (Paper Version)
£87.25 X 4


Delivery Charges:

Free Delivery for UK Mainland Students
Additional £25 for students in Europe
Additional £40 for Students in Rest of the world
Note: Instalment Plan is not available to our International Students.

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Special Educational Needs Teacher

Special educational needs (SEN) teachers work with children and young people who have difficulties or disabilities. These children find learning harder than for most children of the same age. If you want to help children and you are looking for a role in education, this job could be perfect for you.To become a special educational needs teacher, you will need to be able to deal with challenging behaviour. You’ll also need good organisational skills.To work as a special needs teacher you will need to have a teaching qualification and teaching experience.

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