Tutor support was good when needed. The course study material was very good. I would have liked the instructions on layout/inserting evidence, and diary entries etc to be clearer or a clear example given. Could the question/assignment evidence form (front cover) be made online and editable so not having to hand write it and scan in? I have a colleague that is doing the level 3 diploma course 1 night a week at college and it is staggering how many more questions the distance learning course assignments have. She had 9, I had 22. Due to this I am unsure whether to do another distance learning course.
I have recently completed The Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools. This was a very interesting course with lots of information. There were a few problems along the way though. You are basically left in the dark with regards to anything you don't understand. I wasn't sure how to layout my first assignment and this resulted in me sending the assignment numerous times only to have it sent back to me with cryptic style messages which offered no help and guidance. Also at the beginning, trying to contact Study House was a bit of a nightmare and I was spoken to abruptly on the phone on a couple of occasions and even had my partners IT skills questioned (he works in IT) when the problem was not my end! The course material was in depth but had lots of spelling mistakes in the manuals. Overall I am glad I did the course, it was a lot of hard work and I basically lived college work for a whole year so and I had put in way over the hours suggested. I did do my course alongside a friend which really helped. I now have a recognised qualification which led to me being offered a TA job the day after my course finished so if you are very motivated then I would go for it!
The online course was just what I needed! It fitted in with my job and my family. I couldn't attend a classroom based course due to childcare and my work commitments so being able to study in my own time was perfect! I enjoyed my placements and would highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to do become a TA3 and SEN