Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Level 2 Certificate (QCF)

Adult Skills & Training

Date (from)



Awarding body


Part Time - September 2018

Tuition fee is £635, plus £94 CACHE registration/certification fee.





Course introduction

This course will enable you to develop the knowledge and skills needed to support teaching and learning in the school environment.  There will be weekly workshops across the year and workplace assessment.

The course is made up of mandatory and optional units which are based on knowledge and skills and includes optional units that allow learners to achieve above the level of qualification.

To gain the qualification learners will need to achieve 30 credits with 24 credits coming from the mandatory units, a minimum of 3 credits from optional units in Group A and 3 credits from optional units in Group B.

Mandatory Units:-

  • Child and young person development.
  • Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people.
  • Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults.
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people.
  • Help improve own and team practice in schools.
  • Maintain and support relationships with children and young people.
  • Support children and young people's health and safety.
  • Support children and young people's positive behaviour.
  • Support learning activities. 

English and Maths are essential for those working in an educational environment, so all learners will undertake functional skills while on the programme.  Apprentices will also do ICT functional skills and complete units 'Employer Rights and Responsibilities' and 'Personal Learning and Thinking Skills'.

Course structure

The course will be taught through workshops which include lectures, group and individual work, discussion and presentations.

Minimum entry requirements

Please contact The Teaching Assistants' Team on 01590 625327 for information about up-coming Information Events and to obtain an application pack.

This course is suitable for individuals new to the role with under a year’s experience; working in roles that support pupils' learning including teaching assistants, learning support assistants and special needs assistants.  Learners will need to be working or volunteering in a school environment as they need to show competence in both knowledge and skills. Success on the course may help volunteers secure employment.

How will I be assessed?

Tutors and Assessors will work together to support candidates and prepare them for assessment.

The skills and knowledge which reflect good work place practice will be assessed through observation in the work place and a portfolio of written evidence. Methods of assessment could include:

- Professional discussion
- Reflection on own practice in real work situations
- Coursework
- Learner's own plans and written records 

All the assessment criteria of the mandatory and optional units must be achieved in order to obtain a pass.

Information & support

You will need to provide a ring binder and dividers, A4 paper and pens. Please let our staff know if you need any additional support or reasonable adjustments - we will do all we can to help. We can also tailor learning materials to suit particular needs.

Experienced and competent staff at our adult learning centres can help you decide on your course and progression options. If you feel you would benefit from more in depth careers advice please contact: The National Careers Service - Call 0800 100 900 Lines are open 8am to 10pm, 7 days a week or Practical help and advice is also provided to assist students with any kind of disability or individual need, including people for whom English is not their first language. Please contact our centre staff to discuss your needs prior to starting your course.

What can I do with this qualification?

Qualifications gained from this course:

Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF) -
Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education (CACHE);  a specialist Awarding Organisation for the Care and Education Sector

Functional Skills, if applicable, in English and Maths.

As you become more experienced you can progress to the Level 3 Diploma for Specialist Support in Teaching and Learning in Schools. 

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