The Level 3 Award: Supporting Children and Young People’s Speech, Language and Communication supports the continuing professional development of those working with children and young people.
The course aims to boost your knowledge and skills in:
The Award is relevant for practitioners in a wide range of settings, including early years, health, social care and schools. It is particularly relevant to those working directly with children and young people (aged 0-19) in learning and development roles such as early years practitioners, teachers and teaching assistants.
Raising the skill level of everyone working with children and young people can help to increase the quality of provision and ensures better outcomes for children and young people.
The importance of the qualification also links to a number of key governmental policy areas including:
For successful completion of the Award you must complete three units – two mandatory and one of a choice of four optional units. Each unit is 3 credits, apart from one of the optional units which is 4 credits. These have been developed to appeal to a wide range of learners, so you’ll be able to choose something that’s just right for you.
|Mandatory units||Optional units - from which one must be chosen|
|Unit A/601/2872: Support speech, language and communication development||Unit J/601/2888: Support the speech, language and communication development of children who are learning more than one language|
|Unit L/601/2889: Support children and young people's speech, language and communication skills||Unit L/601/2861: Supporting positive practice with children and young people with speech, language and communication needs|
|Unit M/601/2884: Understand the speech, language and communication needs of children and young people with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties|
|Unit Y/601/2877: Work with parents, families and carers to support their children's speech, language and communication development|
The qualification is suitable for anyone working with children and young people. It is a Level 3 qualification which is equivalent to A Level standard, so the Award will be appropriate for anyone who feels confident working at this level. As the qualification is knowledge and skills based, learners will need to be working with children and young people in some capacity in order to demonstrate their skills.
The entry requirements will be dependent on the training provider. Some training providers may require learners to complete a written test, so please contact each training provider directly by following the links on the Interested in Platform 3? page to find out about their specific entry requirements.
The Communication Trust is working with a number of training providers linked to the awarding organisations who offer the Award (City & Guilds, CACHE and Ascentis) to provide more opportunities for the children and young people’s workforce to access this valuable qualification.
The current training providers are listed below alongside the awarding organisations they are linked to: