Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning

Level 1 Diploma

Course Location


Trafford College


Altrincham Campus

Further Details




Childcare & Education

Course Start Date

Wednesday 16th October 2024

Course Duration

Full-time, 37 Weeks

Course Time

Course Fee

£ 633.00
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Course Overview

Are you looking to change your career or are interesting in becoming a Teaching Assistant? If the answer is yes, then this qualification will provide an understanding of the knowledge and skills needed when working directly with children or young people in primary, secondary or special schools.

During your placement you will be required to demonstrate skills in communication, the health and safety and well-being of children and young people and assist them and other adults in providing stimulating learning activities. You will be observed by your assessor at regular intervals through the duration of the course.

This course is also suitable for newly appointed teaching assistants.

Course Requirements

All prospective learners will undertake an informal interview and complete a skills scan & initial assessment. As learners need to show competence in both skills and knowledge, they will need to be working or be on a voluntary placement during the taught programme of study in a learning environment, such as a school or college setting.

What you will Learn

The qualification will enable you to gain knowledge about what is required when working with children and young people. It will enable you to build on skills such as communication, school procedures and gain the confidence to progress into working within the sector or continue your studies onto the Level 3.


You will complete a competence-based assessment and produce a portfolio, that include assignments and practical assessments. All units will be internally assessed using a range of methods. Skills based outcomes must be achieved, with reference to a real work environment and must include direct observation within the workplace.


After completion you will be able to progress to:
 Level 3 Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
 Employment opportunities

Career Options

Completing a Supporting Teaching and Learning course can open up various career opportunities in the field of education and support roles within schools. Here are some common career options you can consider:

Teaching Assistant: Work in classrooms to support teachers and help students with their learning needs, offering one-on-one assistance or small group support.

Learning Support Assistant: Assist students with special educational needs (SEN) to access the curriculum, providing individualized support.

Classroom Assistant: Collaborate with teachers to ensure the smooth operation of classroom activities, including setting up materials, managing behavior, and supervising students.

Special Educational Needs (SEN) Assistant: Specialize in supporting students with disabilities or additional learning needs, both in mainstream and special education settings.

Behavior Support Assistant: Work with students who exhibit challenging behaviors, helping to implement behavior management strategies and interventions.

Early Years Educator: Support early childhood education and development by working in preschools, nurseries, or early years settings.

Further Education (FE) College Support Staff: Assist in colleges by providing academic and pastoral support to post-16 students.

After-School Club Supervisor: Oversee extracurricular programs and clubs, ensuring students have a safe and enriching experience after regular school hours.

Home-School Liaison Officer: Bridge the gap between schools and parents, working to improve communication and support for students.

Adult Education Support Worker: Assist adults in continuing education and training programs, helping them achieve their learning goals.

Exam Invigilator: Oversee and maintain the integrity of examinations, ensuring a fair and secure testing environment.

Your specific career path may depend on your interests, skills, and the educational setting you prefer. Many of these roles can lead to career advancement, further qualifications, and specialisation in areas like special education, leadership, or curriculum development.

Mandatory Units

To achieve this qualification, learners will need to complete the 11 mandatory units below:

Understand schools and colleges as organisations
Understand children and young people’s development
Safeguarding children and young people
Equality, diversity and inclusion in a learning environment for children and young people
Maintain relationships with children and young people
Support the health and safety of children and young people
Support positive behaviour in a learning environment for children and young people
Contribute to teamwork in a learning environment
Understand children and young people’s play and leisure
Promote an effective learning environment
Provide displays in a learning environment

Contact Details

For further information please contact T: 0161 886 7070 or E: info@trafford.ac.uk

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Although every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within this document is accurate, there may be changes to this programme and provision. We will endeavour to keep prospective and current students updated where appropriate and when the information becomes available.
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