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This is a part-time course, one-day per week for 26-weeks. This course is designed to prepare you to work in a variety of roles within a school or college environment (age range 5yrs+). This includes administrative roles, site support roles, technical roles, volunteers, and those roles that work directly with children and young people. If successful you will be awarded the Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools and Colleges.

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

    Entry Requirements

    Level 1 English

    Level 1 Maths (or working towards)

    Completion of an initial assessments that indicates an appropriate level of English.

    Assessment Method

    You will build a portfolio of evidence that will include written assignments, presentations, and projects. There is no final examination.

    Aims of the course

    To introduce the knowledge and understanding needed to work in a school or college environment. Covering a range of areas that includes the structure and functions of colleges and schools, looking at specific policies and procedures (e.g. Safeguarding, health and safety, equality, and diversity) and exploring the holistic development of children and young people.

    Progression Opportunities

    Successful completion of this course can lead to progression to the Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning, or into the workforce.


    The model of delivery will be a mix of classroom-based and online learning. You will have access to our VLE site (Google Tools) that will provide you with a range of materials and resources to support your learning whilst on this course. Individual tutorial support is available. Additional learning support is also available, if required.

    Career Options

    Teaching Profession

Course Details

Venue Southwark
Day/Eve Day
Mode Part Time
Duration 26 weeks
Start Date 21/09/2020
End Date 02/04/2021


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

16-18 Free
19-24 £ 252 p/year
24+ £252 p/year
International £1,080 p/year

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