Subjects

Education and Training

All Macclesfield College’s education and training courses are delivered by teaching professionals. We have a wide range of teaching qualifications from level 2 up to level 5. You can choose from a variety of courses including PGCE (post 16) and Foundation Degree in Supporting Children in Primary Education. You can also study our teaching assistant courses both online and in the classroom giving you complete control of your learning.

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Academic year: 18/19


The Level 3 Award in Education and Training provides an introduction to:

• the principles and theories of teaching in the post 16 sector
• the roles, responsibilities and relationships in education and training
• planning and delivering inclusive teaching sessions
• methods of assessment and constructive feedback

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Academic year: 18/19

Duration: 10th September 2018 to 27th March 2019

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Academic year: 18/19

Duration: 10th September 2018 to 29th June 2019


This is a generic teaching/training qualification to be used in addition to your subject specialism (at least level 3 in the subject you intend to teach). Employers in the post 16 sector usually require their employees to possess this qualification if they are taking responsibility for a full teaching role. The programme provides insight into professional development and practice with an emphasis on inclusive assessment.

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Academic year: 18/19

Duration: 3rd September 2018 to 31st July 2019


If you’re looking to support teachers in a classroom environment, working as a teaching assistant, this course is ideal for you.

This qualification is ideal for those who wish to pursue a career as a teaching assistant, supporting teachers in a classroom
environment and ensuring that students are able to benefit from their lessons.

The course aims to give learners an understanding of supporting, safeguarding and developing children and young people
through theoretical knowledge, as well as competence-based skills, which requires a 50-hour work placement to enable
learners to gather evidence. The placement can take place in a primary or secondary school with learners aged 4 to 16
years.

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Academic year: 18/19

Duration: Multiple start dates available.


Do you directly support teaching and learning of pupils in schools in an area that
requires specialist knowledge and skills?

This qualification will allow successful candidates to work in roles that offer specialist support for pupils within a nursery,
infant or junior school, secondary or special schools.

All learners must have a work placement arranged to be able to gather the evidence for the course. You are required to
undertake a minimum of 50 hours work experience within a school. The placement will need to be in an infant, primary, junior or secondary school, supporting learners between the ages of 4/5 and 16.

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Academic year: 18/19

Duration: 18th September 2018 to 18th June 2019


This qualification will enable the learner to develop the knowledge and skills needed when supporting teaching and learning in the school environment and is made up of mandatory and optional units which are based on knowledge and skills.

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Academic year: 18/19

Duration: Multiple start dates available.


This qualification will enable the learner to develop the knowledge and skills needed when supporting teaching and learning in the school environment and is made up of mandatory and optional units which are based on knowledge and skills.

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Academic year: 18/19

Duration: 17th September 2018 to 29th January 2021


The FD Supporting Children in Primary Education is designed to allow support staff working in primary schools a progression route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). It is validated by the University of Wolverhampton. Throughout the course there is an emphasis on the development of practical, personal and professional attributes required to promote the development of a world class workforce. This includes developing knowledge of supporting children in literacy and numeracy in the primary school as well as supporting pedagogy.
• The Foundation Degree is designed to be studied flexibly, around your current work commitments.
• Students can choose to specialise in the second year to focus on Childhood and Family Studies or Special Needs and Inclusion Studies, dependent on your current role and career aspirations.
• Successful completion of the FD (Arts) Supporting Children in Primary Education allows progression on to either the BA (Hons) Childhood and Family Studies or BA (Hons) Special Needs and Inclusion Studies. A PGCE/School Direct could be completed following the Honours degree.

If you are currently involved in supporting teaching and learning in a Primary or Special School setting then this course may be for you.

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Apprenticeship vacancies

There are currently no apprenticeships at this point in time, but please call us on 01625 410 000 and we can advise you on any future availabilities.