When & Where

Suitable For

  • 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Course Code K22ESWA05A

What you will learn

The Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning has been designed to provide you with an understanding of the knowledge and skills needed when working directly with children and young people in school or college environments. It covers a wide range of areas including children and young people’s development, supporting children and young people’s positive behaviour and communication and professional relationships. The course is aimed at those who wish to become teaching assistants or learning support assistants in an education setting, as well as those currently working in roles that support pupils’ learning in primary, secondary or special schools, as well as colleges. You will need to be working or on a practical placement for the duration of the course in a learning environment (school or college), as you need to show competence in both skills and knowledge.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand schools and colleges as organisations
  • Understand children and young people's development
  • Understand how to safeguard children and young people
  • Promote an effective learning environment
  • Maintain relationships with children and young people

Class format and activities

All units are internally assessed throughout the year. Methods of assessment could include: direct observation by an Assessor, professional discussion and written assignments.

Entry requirements

You will need good spoken and written English to take the course and an interest in working with children or young people in an educational setting. An additional requirement is to pass a criminal record check (through the Disclosure and Barring Service). If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5/7, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

What you need to know before you enrol

The course runs from the beginning of September to the end of June and you will attend college one day a week. This may include a mixture of teaching in college and online. Excellent attendance and punctuality will be required to complete the course successfully. If you are not employed in an educational setting, you will need to gain a placement as this forms an essential part of your study programme. Start making enquiries local to you as soon as possible.

What you need

You should arrive to your lessons prepared to learn with pens, pencils and a writing pad. All other resources and materials you need will be provided. In the event of teaching moving online, you will need a computer with internet access for online lessons on a daily basis.

What you can do next

Learners can progress onto the Level 3 Certificate or Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning, or into the workforce.


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • This course may be available for free