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About the course

Brief Description of the Course:

In January 2019 the Department for Education announced that ‘The number of pupils with special educational needs (SEN) has increased for a third consecutive year to 1,318,300 in January 2019, representing 14.9% of the total pupil population’. A large percentage of these learners require some degree of support during their school and College placements. This means that demand for appropriately qualified learning support assistants is consistently high.

This course is designed to give applicants the skills and qualifications they require to work in Learning support/care roles in schools, colleges and other education and care providers.

Much of the learning on this programme is done remotely either through live lessons or use of virtual learning platforms. It is therefore important you have access to the internet and an appropriate device to work from (phones are not suitable). If think you may be eligible for full funding and are concerned about your access to a suitable device, please contact the College to discuss your requirements. You must be able to travel into the College for a small number of face-to-face sessions and a course induction.

Course Hours:

As a large part of this programme is on demand self-study, applicants can decide on a work schedule that meets their needs. The full course hours work out at just below 15 hours per week. This means it will not interfere with any job seekers allowance

Course Fees and Financial Support:

Unemployed or low wage applicants may be eligible for full funding for this course.

You may be eligible if:

· You were 19 or above on 31st Aug 2020

· You are legally entitled to live, study and work in the UK

· You earn less than £17,004.00 annual gross salary (£18 135 for Liverpool City Region residents) or are unemployed and claiming benefits.

Evidence will be checked and funding status confirmed following a course booking.

Where severe financial hardship is a direct result of studying through the College there may be some financial support available. Please email if you feel you may be eligible.

Course Units:

The course is made up of two separate course elements plus optional work experience.

NCFE Level Two Certificate in Working with Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities

This programme is delivered and assessed through a virtual learning platform. Units have set deadlines but learners can work through them at their own pace with all learning and assessment material available online. Students will have access to a specialist tutor to provide explanation or feedback when needed. Please follow the title link to the individual course factsheet.

NOCN Level One Award in Safeguarding

The qualification will provide learners with a basic understanding of key legislation, policies and procedures in relation to safeguarding and the Prevent Duty. Learners will also understand their own role and that of their organisation in relation to safeguarding. This qualification will be very valuable when applying for roles in care or education settings.

You will also have the opportunity to access our wide range of careers resources and receive specialist help and advice on CV building, submitted applications and general employability skills.

Learning and Assessment:

Assessment will be through a mixture of online assessment and the production of assessment material.

Work Experience:

There is the opportunity to complete 1 day work placement at the College in Myerscough's Inclusive Learning Team for interested learners. This will be available on request once the qualifications are achieved or largely completed.


All learners who successfully achieve the programme in the designated timeframes will be given the opportunity to attend an interview for a bank staff role within the Colleges Inclusive Learning Team (subject to appropriate DBS checks).


You may wish to apply for other funded NCFE online offers through the College. The College offers a wide range of apprenticeship, post 19 traineeship full and part time Further and Higher Education.

Booking Forms

If you are booking courses as an individual please book and pay through the online system linked to each course website.

If you are booking any courses for multiple employees or are submitting a company booking please use this form.

If you are booking multiple 'Online Short Industry Courses please use this booking form.