Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools





Awarding Body




About the course

This course is suitable for those who have already obtained a Level 2 Teaching Assistant/ Childcare or related qualification. It may also be suitable for people with considerable experience in a support role in schools.  You will be expected to attend college for 4 hours a week as well as spending a day a week as a volunteer throughout the course.

Entry Requirements

  • To be 16 years of age or over
  • Wide experience in schools in a support role or as a teacher
  • Literacy skills sufficient to be able to complete the written aspect of the course
  • Completed a previous qualification at Level 2 in a related field
What will I do on this course?

Students will be required to find their own school placement where they will gain practical experience as a Teaching Assistant in a voluntary capacity or they may already be employed as a Teaching Assistant. The school will normally carry out a CRB check on volunteers. There are 11 compulsory modules in this qualification covering the role of a Teaching Assistant at Level 3. These are

  • Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Schools as organisations
  • Support learning activities
  • Promote children and young people's positive behaviour
  • Develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Promote equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people
  • Support assessment for learning
  • Engage in personal development in health, social care or children's and young people's settings
  • Support children and young people's health and safety
  • Understand child and young person development
  • Understand how to safeguard the well being of children and young people


Who is it for?

Teaching Assistants or volunteers who have already obtained a Level 2 qualification would be eligible for this course. Also suitable may be those who already have considerable experience in schools and have other Level 3 or above qualifications.

How Is this course assessed?

Students will be required to complete a portfolio to provide evidence that they are competent in the 11 modules specified. This may take the form of:

  • Projects
  • Observations
  • Coursework
  • Reflective Journal
  • Practical
  • Research
  • Assignment based
  • Case studies


What could I do next?

On successful completion of the portfolio students have several options

  • SEN Diploma course
  • Further training such as Makaton, Sign Language or First Aid
  • Higher Education
  • Employment as a Teaching Assistant at Level 3



How old will you be when the course starts?

16-18 19+
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