Supporting Teaching & Learning (level 2 Certificate)

Accredited course - interview required.

Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 930 Conc £0 Full £2442

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Monday 09:30 - 14:30 36 MAC 16/09/2019 20/07/2020 TT1500

What will the course cover?

The course will cover various subjects, such as: Promoting Positive Behaviour; Health and Safety; Safeguarding;’ Communication and Relationships; Continuous Professional Development; Supporting and Planning Learning Activities; Equal Opportunity and Inclusion; Schools for Organisations. The course consists of both mandatory and optional units aimed at learners gaining the skills, strategies, knowledge and techniques required in supporting the teaching in schools. Each unit has a recognised UCAS credit value and the Level 2 Certificate = 30 credits.

Who is the course for?

This Teaching Assistant course is designed for people who wish to gain an understanding of principles and practice in teaching/classroom assistant roles and gain an accredited qualification relevant to employment. The aims of the course are to provide comprehensive knowledge and skills appropriate to the conduct of a classroom support role, and to participation in a wide range of classroom support activities.

What skills, knowledge or experience do I need to start this course?

To gain entry to this course, you must attend an interview, and complete a skills assessment. Check our website at or call 020 8753 3600 for details. You must provide and demonstrate evidence of literacy and numeracy skills at Level 1. No previous experience is necessary, however you must be willing to attend placement for minimum of 10 hours a week in a primary school. You will also require an appropriate level of IT skills (MS Word, email, internet search etc.) and access to a computer and the internet to successfully complete this course.

What should I be able to do by the end of the course?

At the end of the course it is expected that with minimal supervision you will be able to set up learning activities for children, understand your role as a classroom assistant and support the teacher to deliver teaching and learning in a safe environment for children. You will be able to interpret and follow school policies and developed your knowledge and skills of working within the schools organization. You will also be able to plan your career next steps.

How is the course organised?

The course will consist of 5 hours per week for 34 weeks (3 terms). Alongside classroom teaching, activities and discussions, you will have 1-1 Tutorial sessions and Professional discussions. Your allocated assessor will visit you twice (Minimum) on placement to assess your skills and discuss your practice with the class teacher and other colleagues nominated by you. You will actively take part in class meetings.

What extra study or practice is expected outside of the class?

To gain the maximum benefit, you should read recommended books and websites, and review the topics covered during the class each week. You should research unit topics, and work on sections of your assignments after each class session. Computer access is available at Study Support sessions at Macbeth Centre. Candidates will be expected to undertake additional study in their own time and complete assignments, including weekly Learning Journals. You must also complete your placement diary every week.

How will my progress be assessed?

Each learner is assigned an assessor, who will work with the learner to achieve the qualification. This will take place at the centre and the workplace. Your assignments will also be marked and feedback given to you. You will complete a learning journal at the end of every teaching session. You will also have a 1-1 Tutorial session and professional discussions with both your course tutor and assessor. As a group you will have a class meeting once a term where you will be able to contribute to how effective the learning methods being used are and add suggestions about what can be improved.

What can I expect to go on to after this course?

We offer a Level 3 Certificate and/or Diploma at the centre. Level 3 can then lead to a Foundation Degree and then a final university third year (top-up), with progression on to PGCE. There are various career options possible with further training or study in education and child care. Progression routes will be discussed towards the end of the course and is part of the units for learning.

Are there any other costs and what do I need to bring?

A Notepad and pen for notes, a ringbinder for your handouts/research/notes, and materials for assignments. The recommended text will be given to you when you start the course. You will be responsible for your Disclosure & Barring Services check (formerly referred to as CRB).

What support is available?

There will be tutorials for each student per term. Relevant books and periodicals may be available from your local Library Service. You may wish to get additional help and guidance offered through the Study Support Sessions at the Macbeth Centre. Specialist aids are also available such as hearing loops, roller-ball mice and large keyboards – talk to your tutor if these would help your learning. Help with literacy or numeracy is available through the basic education programme and the ESOL programme offers help for speakers of other languages. Additional support can be provided for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. The Learner Support Fund is a discretionary scheme, funded by the Skills Funding Agency, to assist learners who may be experiencing difficulties in paying for essential equipment/materials, travel costs, childcare, registration fees and other necessary expenses. These funds are only available to learners studying towards an approved qualification and who are on a low household income of under £20,000. Parental income will not be taken into consideration but the income of any spouse or partner will. Proof of low income will be required. Please discuss this with your tutor at interview or enquire at reception for full details of these funds. Details of all available support can be found on our website (, in the Guide and the Student handbook, or from teaching or Reception staff.