Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) Course

NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties

An ideal NCFE CACHE qualification that quickly develops your understanding of specific learning difficulties.

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Overview

There’s a misconception that specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) or previously known as Special Educational Needs (SEN), are the same as learning disabilities. They refer to a group of conditions that affect how we process, learn or retain information. You may have heard about conditions like dyslexia, attention deficit disorder (ADD), and dyscalculia. But are you aware of their diagnosis or how to support individuals? Whether you’re a teaching or healthcare professional, our Level 2 Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties course; also known as SpLD or SEN, develops your knowledge of learning difficulties and barriers individuals may face.

Specific learning difficulties are prevalent throughout society. According to the British Dyslexia Association, 10% of the UK population is dyslexic. Furthermore, Demos, Britain’s leading think-tank, revealed that 5% of children and 2.5% of adults are affected by ADD. (And that’s just the people diagnosed). Thing is, these specific learning difficulties affect our coping mechanisms, how we manage our surroundings and also our relationships with others.

Perhaps you know someone with specific learning difficulties? Maybe you want to better identify and support those living with these difficulties? (SpLD). If so, then look no further. Our online Level 2 Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties SpLD course is a vital addition to any teaching, social or healthcare resume. You can study it in your own time and space, and gain a recognised RQF SEN qualification that will quickly develop your insight into specific learning difficulties. As a result, you can better support people and advance your chosen career.

What you'll learn

Unit 1 - Understand Specific Learning Difficulties

In this unit, you’ll gain an understanding of what is meant by Specific Learning Difficulties. You will research the characteristics of different difficulties and co-occurring conditions. You will also gain an understanding of common misconceptions and how the difficulty is a lifelong condition.

Unit 2 - Understand the effects of Specific Learning Difficulties

In this unit, you’ll develop knowledge of of how Specific Learning Difficulties affect an individual’s life and those of others. You’ll understand how the attitudes of others can impact the individual. Finally, you’ll identify the strengths and barriers an individual may experience and how this can impact them.

Unit 3 - Understand the diagnosis of Specific Learning Difficulties

In this unit, you’ll learn the importance of gaining an early diagnosis, the barriers of diagnosis, and the impact of delayed or non-diagnosis. You’ll also investigate the diagnosis process, the professionals involved, and assessments for difficulties.

Unit 4 - Understanding Supporting Individuals with Specific Learning Difficulties

In this unit, you’ll learn about the discrimination that individuals with Specific Learning Difficulties may face and about how to support individuals in work, educational and social settings. You’ll learn about the coping strategies and assistive technology that individuals may use to overcome difficulties and about the roles of professionals in providing support.

Unit 5 - Understand the Context of Specific Learning Difficulties

In this unit, you’ll discover how attitudes, legislation and services have evolved over time to support individuals with Specific Learning Difficulties. You’ll also outline relevant legislation, polices and guidance and understand how these are implemented to better support individuals.

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Awarding Body

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CACHE stands for the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education, and are the leading specialist Awarding Organisation for the Care and Education Sector.

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Course Outcome

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive the following qualification: NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties. This means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to Level 2 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

NCFE CACHE has been developing courses in the childcare, education and healthcare sectors since 1945 and is one of the most reputable awarding bodies for qualifications in the UK and overseas. Practitioners working in these areas are much more employable having gained NCFE CACHE certification and many employers specifically ask for their qualifications when taking on members of staff.

How is this course assessed or examined?

Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, presentations, video/audio recordings, and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This information will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.

This is a knowledge-only qualification, therefore, work experience is not mandatory. To achieve this qualification, learners are required to successfully complete all five mandatory units.

All units will be individually and internally assessed using a range of methods. You will produce a portfolio of evidence and an expert witness testimony will be used to show the competence of knowledge and skills in situations where an observer would not be appropriate.

This is a regulated qualification. Staff involved in the assessment and internal quality assurance of this qualification are able to demonstrate that they have the relevant occupational knowledge and competence, at the same level or higher as the units being evaluated.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English. There is a minimum study age of 16.

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Why enrol on a teaching assistant course with Oxbridge?

Online teaching assistant training courses are a popular way to access the industry because of the flexibility they offer. Our teaching assistant courses are designed to shape your future, your way – whatever skill level you may have.

Importantly, we understand the difference that great teaching assistants can make to the children they work with. So, from early years to a higher level, we want to help you achieve your goals so you can help them achieve theirs.

When you enrol with Oxbridge, you’ll benefit from our award-winning learning platform, course materials put together specifically for our students by industry experts, and teaching from experienced tutors. You can also book one-to-one sessions whenever you need to ensure you get the most out of your time with us.

Browse all our online courses or speak to one of our helpful learning advisers for more advice and guidance! 🙂

What skills do you need to be a teaching assistant?

Becoming an effective teaching assistant can be challenging as well as rewarding, so you’ll need the right attributes to take on the demands of the position.

Here are a few of the skills and characteristics required for the role:

  • Positive outlook towards children and young people.
  • Patient, empathetic, and compassionate personality.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • A proactive approach to learning new skills, policies, and practices.
  • Innate respect for diversity and equality.
  • Outstanding team-working skills.
  • Creative aptitude.
  • A principled approach to safeguarding, wellbeing, and safety.
  • Professional attitude.
  • Excellent organisational skills.
What is the role of a teaching assistant?

Working closely with teachers to create a safe, enjoyable learning environment, teaching assistants help empower children by providing them with the skills and abilities to succeed in and out of the classroom. Teaching assistants play a crucial part in a child’s education and well-being, making it an ideal career for anyone who adores the idea of unlocking people’s potential.

Why study a Childcare course online with Oxbridge?

In addition to all of the benefits mentioned above, we have a much higher-than-average pass rate, 20% higher to be precise, which we believe is down to our excellent tutors and learning materials, including videos, e-books and quizzes.

It’s our mission to make childcare training fun and exciting, the way it always should have been. But, sadly, that’s not the experience many of our students have had with traditional education.

From early years practitioners to SEN specialists, our courses can help you follow your passion. So take a look through our courses, and if you struggle to pick, ask our learning advisers for their input.

What qualifications do I need to work in a nursery?

No official qualifications are required in order to work as a nursery assistant. However, getting qualified will help you stand out from other candidates, and help you progress in your nursery career.

What are the benefits of studying your Childcare courses from home?

By studying childcare from home, you take away the strain of having to travel to a particular place at a specific time and learn at a pace that’s dictated by your entire class.

So whether you’re an early riser or concentrate better late at night, you’re in complete control of your study schedule and can spend as much or as little time as you need on each unit; that’s why so many of our students complete their courses much sooner than anticipated.

Additionally, you can reap the advantages of one-on-one time with your personal tutor; whether you need help or advice, they are fully qualified in the sector you’re hoping to work in. All of our tutors love seeing their students succeed; it’s not just a job to them; they genuinely are rooting for you.

Do you need Maths and English for Childcare Level 3?

The entry requirements for a career in childcare will vary depending on your role and responsibilities. With that said, employers will likely expect candidates to hold a maths and English qualification at GCSE level as a minimum requirement.

If you don’t currently have these, don’t worry. We recommend that you get in touch with our learning advisors for support and advice. Alternatively, it’s never too late to achieve fantastic GCSE grades through an online course.

Why study Childcare courses online?

You’re never too old to discover your passion and change your life. The beauty of opting for an online childcare course is that you don’t have to turn your entire world upside down.

Online courses offer flexibility that traditional establishments just can’t. You don’t need to quit your job or sacrifice your other commitments and responsibilities. We will work with you to make sure you succeed.

Courses Taught by Experts

Sarah

Education and Childcare

My 30-year stride in education started with childminding, to working with pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. I then tutored in a national reading programme and went on to become a Higher-Level TA. I’m elated to say I graduated with a First-Class BA Honours Degree when I was 50 – living proof that it’s never too late to chase your dreams!

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Penny

STEM and History of Art

Marine biology, jellyfish conservationist, hairdresser, fitness instructor… I have an eclectic backstory! Art is my passion and one of my proudest moments was achieving my Masters in Fine Art. I then requalified as an Art teacher to share my knowledge with my students. For most of my career, I’ve supported vulnerable students with additional needs such as SEMH and SEN.

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Laura

Health care

For 10+ years, my passion for helping learners develop and grow has driven my career as a teacher. To help me progress even further, I am currently studying to achieve the IQA award. I love reading and I’m a self-professed Harry Potter fan. Talk to me about all things history, rock music, tattoos and true crime podcasts. 

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Kelly

Counselling and Psychology

I always knew that a career focused around helping people achieve their goals was perfect for me. That’s why I became a tutor. I love to see my student’s confidence flourish as they progress through their courses. It’s important to help them fit their learning goals around their personal commitments so they have the best chance of success! 

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Faye

Early Years

Beginning my career as an early years practitioner inspired me to step into the world of teaching. I have since elevated my skillset through a range of qualifications including L3 in Assessing Vocational Achievement, L3 in Education & Training and L4 in Internal Quality Assurance. I’m a big kid at heart; I love Disney movies and also dabble in photography.  

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