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This is a part-time, one-year course taught on one day per week. It is aimed at those whose role includes supporting teaching and learning in the school environment (primary, secondary and special schools). For example, teaching assistants, learning support assistants and special needs assistants If successful, you will be awarded the Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools. Qualification credit value: 30 credits at Level 2.

  • Entry Requirements, Units, Assessment and more...

    Entry Requirements

    • 4 GCSEs (grades D-E) ? two of which must be English and math
    • Secured placement or job (min.100hours) ? written confirmation to be provided
    • Current DBS certificate.
    • Completion of an initial assessments that indicates an appropriate level of English

    Assessment Method

    Candidates build a portfolio of evidence which will include written assignments, tasks and direct observations within the workplace etc. You must also complete a 100-hour placement between September and June, whilst on the course, in an education setting. There is no final examination.

    Aims of the course

    To provide an understanding of the knowledge needed when working directly with children and young people in school environments. It includes learning about children and young people's development, safeguarding their welfare and communication and professional relationships.

    Progression Opportunities

    Successful completion of this course can lead to:

    • Employment as a teaching assistant, learning support assistant, special needs assistant
    • L3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (must have GCSE English & maths Grade C or above)


    This course is classroom-based and will also include workshops and online learning opportunities

    Career Options

    Education sector ? teaching or other support roles

Course Details

Venue Southwark
Day/Eve Day
Mode Part Time
Duration 1 year
Start Date 07/09/2020
End Date 02/07/2021


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Fees and Finance.

16-18 Free
19-24 £ 709 p/year
24+ £709 p/year
International £2,160 p/year

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