The course adopts an holistic approach to supporting teaching and learning in schools. Students will complete 9 mandatory units:
- Child and young person development
- Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
- Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
- Equality, diversity and inclusion in work with 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
Plus two optional units to complete alongside the mandatory units.
Level 2 qualification in Literacy and Maths is recommended by end of course. Students must be aged 18 or over. Please complete the personal statement with the application form.
Funding & Financial Support
Age 19-23- If you are age 19-23 at the start of the course, you do not have to pay fees on condition you do not already have a full qualification at Level 2 or above and you have fewer than 5 GCSEs at grade C or above. Your eligibility for this funding is normally assessed at time of enrolment.
Receiving state benefits – You may not have to pay fees at any age if you are in receipt of certain state benefits (evidence required). For details, please contact our Payment Liaison office on 01903 273140.
Income under £30,000 - If your household income is below £30,000 per year, you can contact our Financial Services office about applying for help with your expenses during your course (travel, books, childcare etc).
See our Financial Support page.
From successful completion of the Level 2 Certificate students can progress on to the Level 3 Diploma for Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools. Although schools are increasingly choosing to recruit Level 3 qualified Teaching Assistants, the number of our students gaining employment from the Level 2 course are encouraging. Feedback from past students states that the course has developed their knowledge, skills and importantly confidence in their role, which are desirable factors when considering employability