Award in Supporting Learners with Individual Educational Needs

MQF Level: 4

ECTS Value: 23 ECTS

Duration: 28 Sessions

Contact Hours: 70

Practice Hours: 170

Self Study Hours: 236

Assessment Hours: 99


Programme Description

This programme aims to provide formal training in practical skills necessary for Supply Learning Support Educators. 

Entry Requirements

1. A minimum of four MQF level 3 (Ordinary Level) subjects awarded by MATSEC or an equivalent examination body recognised by the Institute for Education, with at least a grade 5/C or a comparable, which must include Maltese, English Language, Mathematics and a fourth subject; AND

2a.  An Advanced Level Subject at MQF Level 4 (Grade A to E) awarded by MATSEC or an equivalent examination body recognised by the Institute for Education; OR

2b. An MQF Level 4 Qualification (minimum 120 ECTS, or equivalent), or higher.

Overall Objectives and Outcomes

Though this programme, participants will be able to:

a. Develop basic knowledge and understanding of inclusive education;

b. Ensure the promotion of an inclusive environment for learning;

c. Adapt classroom material and tasks for learners with different needs;

d. Support learners through appropriate intervention strategies;

e. Identify communication challenges and ensure that the learner is included in the school community;

f. Support and ensure student safety of students with physical disabilities;

g. Produce an individualised programme for the student’s needs;

h. Evaluate and reflect on one’s contribution to the student’s learning.

Course Outline

Programme Structure and Mode of Delivery

This programme adopts a blended approach to teaching and learning and is composed of the following modules:

  • Supporting Student with Different Needs in the Inclusive Classroom (3 ECTS)
  • Behaviour Challenges (2 ECTS) • Communication Challenges (2 ECTS)
  • Physical Needs (2 ECTS)
  • Using a Provisional Mapping Tool (1 ECTS)
  • Adapting Resources (3 ECTS)
  • Reflection on Practice (10 ECTS)

For further details regarding delivery and assessment, kindly refer to the IfE Portal.


Upon successful completion of this module, course participants will be conferred an accredited certification. 

Further Learning Opportunities and Career Progression

Upon successful completion of this programme, course participants may go on to further their studies in the area of inclusive education.

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