Course Description

Qualification: Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools Level 2 Certificate

Awarding Body: TQUK

Support: 12 months

RQF Listed: Yes - 30 credit points (61/2726/0)

Ofqual Recognised: Yes

Estimated Study Time: 180 hours

*A placement in a school of at least one day a week is required for the duration of the course.

If you are unable to obtain the voluntary work then you should look at Supporting Work in Schools Level 2 Award.

Payment details

Paying in Full: £379

Paying in Stages: Your first payment will be £79, then a direct debit will be set up for seven monthly payments of £50. Only available to students with a UK bank account.

What do I learn?

The Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Level 3 Certificate is suitable for those already working or volunteering in a school in the role of Teaching Assistant, Classroom Assistant or Learning Support Assistant. It is focused on those students directly supporting the teaching and learning of pupils in an area that requires specialist knowledge and skills.

The qualification is fully recognised and accepted by OFSTED and qualifies students as a Level 3 Teaching Assistant.

How it works

Support is provided for up to 12 months but it is entirely up to you how quickly you work through the course. The estimated study time is 180 hours so if you average around 5-6 hours a week study you would complete in 8-9 months.

The course is delivered hard copy in folders. These are yours to keep so you can write on them, make notes etc. Your pack will contain everything you need to begin your course including your lessons, tutor and support information. In addition, a study guide explaining how to get started along with comprehensive study notes for each element of the course is included.

Support is provided throughout the course via a tutor who can be emailed at any time should you come across anything you are unsure of. There is also a support team by telephone. Don't hesitate to ask if you are unsure!

The course is split into eleven units. At the end of each unit, you will complete an assignment which you will email to your tutor. An assignment is a set of questions based upon the unit you have just studied. If there are any areas for improvements or anything that you have misunderstood you will always have the opportunity to re-submit. Alongside this, you will be putting together a portfolio of evidence. Here you are documenting examples of tasks and activities you complete in the classroom. Your evidence sheets will be signed by the teacher you work alongside in the classroom.

The good news is there are no exams! Once you have completed all the assignments/portfolio work you complete the course.

Entry requirements

You must either be employed or have access to at least one day a work voluntary in a school setting of reception class or above. This can be split, for example, two mornings a week or two afternoons.

If you miss a week for any reason this is fine, the recommendation is simply to ensure you have enough time in class to gather the necessary evidence to complete the course.


Unit 1: Child and Young Person Development

In this unit students will cover:

  • The main stages of child and young person development
  • The kinds of influences that affect children and young peoples development
  • The potential effects of transitions on children and young peoples development

Unit 2: Support Learning Activities

In this unit students will learn:

  • How to support the teacher in planning learning activities
  • How to prepare for, support and evaluate learning activities
  • How to observe and report on learner participation and progress
  • How to evaluate own practice in relation to supporting literacy, numeracy and ICT

Unit 3: Safeguarding the Welfare of Children and Young People

In this unit students will cover:

  • Legislative guidelines, policies and procedures for safeguarding the welfare of children and young people including e-safety
  • What to do when children or young people are ill or injured, including emergency procedures
  • How to respond to evidence or concerns that a child or young person has been abused, harmed or bullied

Unit 4: Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults

In this unit students will cover:

  • How to interact with and respond to children and young people
  • How to interact with and respond to adults
  • How to communicate with children, young people and adults
  • Current legislation, policies and procedures for confidentiality and sharing information, data protection

Unit 5: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in work with children and young people

In this unit students will cover:

  • The importance of promoting equality and diversity in working with children and young people
  • The impact of prejudice and discrimination on children and young people
  • The inclusion and inclusive practices in working with children and young people

Unit 6: Help Improve Own and Team Practice in Schools

In this unit students will cover:

  • How to reflect and improve own practice
  • How to support the work of a team

Unit 7: Maintain and support relationships with children and young people

In this unit students will cover:

  • How to communicate with children and young people
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with children and young people
  • Supporting relationships between children and young people in other settings

Unit 8: Support children and young peoples health and safety

In this unit students will cover:

  • The legislative and policy framework for health and safety
  • How to recognise and manage risks to children and young peoples health, safety and security
  • How to support children and young people to assess and manage risk
  • How to respond to emergency situations

Unit 9: Support children and young peoples positive behaviour

In this unit students will cover:

  • The policies and procedures of the setting for promoting children and young peoples positive behaviour
  • How to support positive behaviour
  • How to respond to inappropriate behaviour

Unit 10: Schools as organisations

In this unit students will cover:

  • The different types of schools in the education centre
  • How schools are organised in terms of roles and responsibility
  • How schools uphold their aims and values
  • The laws and codes of practice that affect work in schools
  • The range and purpose of school policies and procedures
  • The wider context in which schools operate

Unit 11: Prepare and maintain learning environments

In this unit students will cover:

  • How to prepare learning environments
  • How to prepare learning materials
  • How to monitor and maintain learning environments

Course outcome

This course provides successful students with a qualification from TQUK, regulated by Ofqual. TQUK is an Awarding Organisation recognised by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) in England and by the Welsh Government.

This is a competency based qualification suitable for all roles in school, including site staff, administrators etc as well as those who work directly with children and young people. It seeks to develop the knowledge and understanding that all those working in a school setting will need and covers areas such as safeguarding, communication and understanding the school context.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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Last updated July 4, 2019
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