Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

The course leads to a Teaching Assistant qualification and will enable learners to develop the knowledge and skills needed when supporting teaching and learning in primary, secondary, further education or special schools. It covers a wide range of areas including children and young people’s development, supporting those with disabilities or special educational needs and communication and professional relationships. It would be suitable for anyone that is volunteering or working or will be working under supervision or wishing to work in a role that supports pupils learning.


This is an accredited qualification with a level, which is a guide to the overall difficulty of the units it contains. It also indicates that at this level, you should be able to use your knowledge, skills and ideas to complete clear tasks and tackle straightforward problems. This includes taking responsibility for completing tasks under guidance, while showing you can also think independently. This qualification includes four mandatory units from the Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools and the Level 2 Certificate in Supporting the Wider Curriculum in Schools. This enables credits and learning to be transferred from one qualification to another.


It is designed to:

  • provide an accredited qualification for people working as Teaching Assistants, or for those who have no previous relevant experience, but who wish to train as Teaching Assistants.
  • provide the UK Classroom experience and knowledge of the British Education System for those that want to get into teaching in the United Kingdom, thus it also provides overseas trained teachers, graduates with overseas teaching experience, and even overseas students without teaching qualification or without UK classroom experience the necessary skill, knowledge and understanding needed to move their career forward.

It 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. The units cover children and young people’s development, the requirements of safeguarding and the importance of equality, diversity, and inclusion.

It is a 30-credit qualification that covers the following topics:
• Child and Young Person Development
• Communication and Professional Relationships with Children, Young People and Adults
• Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Work with Children and Young People
• Safeguarding the Welfare of 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
• Schools as Organisation
Learners can choose optional units at Level 3 to support progression. To achieve the Level 2 Certificate, you must complete nine Mandatory Units making up 24 credits and an extra two Optional Units depending on your work role.

Some of the units are assessed through written assignments and some through workplace practice. You will be given assignment tasks throughout the course with deadlines for submission of this work. These will be assessed by your course tutor and you will be given feedback.
All units are internally assessed, which means you are not going to sit for an examination. Assessment enables the learner’s workplace practice to provide evidence for individual units as well as the whole qualification. Methods of assessment could include:
• Inference of knowledge from direct observation of practice
• Witness evidence when directed by the sector skills assessment strategy
• Professional discussion
• Reflection on own practice in real work situations
• Written assignments
• Learner’s own plans and written records
• task set by us for knowledge learning outcomes only.
The qualification will be pass or refer and all the assessment criteria of the chosen units must
be achieved in order to obtain a pass.

You will be observed in the classroom by an assessor who will write a report on your work. There will be between 1 and 3 observations throughout the course. This course requires a minimum of 16 hours each week working or volunteering in a school environment.
You are expected to find your own placement prior to enrolling on the course by contacting schools in your area or that you have connections with. Most schools will make arrangements to take on volunteers towards the end of the summer break. If you are unable to get a placement, let us know and we can help.

You will be provided with a username and password, to log in our online learning platform. You will be able to access your course material, use the online resources and submit your assignments. You are required to participate in online forum, independent study, practical and creative work. If you have any queries, you are able to contact your tutor or one of our advisers by email, phone or arrange a virtual meeting (if necessary). Fast track is possible for those who are dedicated to studying at a fast pace, have resources and access to learning opportunities.

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification but learners will need to be at least 16 years of age. Learners should possess a formal qualification in any discipline and a good level of literacy and numeracy or willingness to work towards one during the programme.

It is suitable for learners aged 16 and above.

In order to secure a place on this e-learning programme, you must be able to meet the following conditions:

  • Access to the internet with a valid e-mail address.
  • Ability to study for minimum of 8 hours in a week for the duration of the programme

£1,100.00 GBP (All inclusive). There are four parts to the cost of your course: Tuition Fees include Centre registration, Awarding Body Registration, Exam/Assessment Fees and Certification.

You are usually expected to complete the course within 6 months from the enrollment date. We however give you our learner an additional 2 months if they fail to complete during the normal duration which stretches the time period to a maximum 8 months!
Learners are able to complete the course within a shorter time depending on a number of factors which includes own commitment. However, learner joining the course with evidence of prior learning with a substantial number of credits will obviously be able to complete quicker! This is because the guided learning hours will also reduce.
Fast track is possible for those who are dedicated to studying at a fast pace, have resources and access to learning opportunities.

Any time (Online)