If you’re working in a primary or secondary school in a supporting role and looking for a flexible way to gain a recognised qualification without affecting your other commitments, then we have the following courses available in the Supporting Teaching and Learning category:

Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

This course will enable you to develop the knowledge and skills needed when supporting teaching and learning in the school environment and is suitable for anyone working in a role that supports pupils’ learning, including teaching assistants, learning support assistants and special needs assistants. The course is made up of mandatory and optional units which are based on knowledge and skills, including optional units that allow you to achieve above the level of qualification. Full details of the course can be found below.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, but you will need to have a good command of basic English, be at least 16 years of age, and be working or volunteering in an appropriate primary or secondary school setting.

Hours of Study

You should allow for between 180 and 192 hours’ study time, plus additional time spent in your setting and time for completing assignments. You will have tutor support for a period of up to 9 months from the date of enrolment.

Exams and Assessment

You will create an online portfolio of evidence using different formats such as learning plans, written tasks, discussion and direct observation in the workplace.

Additional Information

To achieve this qualification you’ll need to gain 30 credits: 24 credits by completing the mandatory units, a minumum of 3 credits from optional units in Group A, and a minimum of 3 credits from optional units in Group B.

You’ll work through this course using our online learning system that makes completing your course – submitting your work, doing activities and getting feedback – straightforward and enjoyable. The system is easy to use and all the work you complete is recorded in your learner profile, forming an online portfolio.

This course requires you to have a regular work placement in an appropriate primary or secondary school setting. Your setting must be able to arrange one or more sessions of practical assessments.

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
Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

This level 3 qualification will provide an understanding of the knowledge needed when working directly with children or young people in primary, secondary or specialist schools. The course will involve learning about children and young people’s development, safeguarding their welfare, supporting and observing pupils in the classroom, and communicating with pupils, parents and teachers. This course is suitable for those working unsupervised in a role that directly supports pupils’ learning. Full details of the course can be found below.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, but you will need to have a good command of basic English, be at least 16 years of age, and be working or volunteering in an appropriate primary or secondary school setting.

Hours of Study

You should allow for approximately 180 hours’ study time, plus additional time spent in your setting and time for completing assignments. You will have tutor support for a period of up to 9 months from the date of enrolment.

Exams and Assessment

You will create an online portfolio of evidence using different formats such as learning plans, written tasks, discussion and direct observation in the workplace.

Additional Information

To achieve this qualification you’ll need to gain 32 credits by completing the mandatory units.

You’ll work through this course using our online learning system that makes completing your course – submitting your work, doing activities and getting feedback – straightforward and enjoyable. The system is easy to use and all the work you complete is recorded in your learner profile, forming an online portfolio.

This course requires you to have a regular work placement in an appropriate primary or secondary school setting. Your setting must be able to arrange one or more sessions of practical assessments.

Mandatory Units

  • Understand child and young person development
  • Understand how to safeguard the wellbeing of children and young people
  • Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Schools as organisations
  • Support children and young people’s health and safety
  • Support learning activities
  • Promote children and young people’s positive behaviour
  • Develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Promote equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people
  • Support assessment for learning
  • Engage in personal development in health, social care in children and young people’s settings
Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools

This level 3 qualification provides an in-depth understanding of the knowledge and skills required to work directly with children and young people in primary, secondary or specialist schools. The course covers all aspects of specialist support including planning, delivering and reviewing assessment strategies to support learning alongside the teacher, special needs support, bilingual support, personal development and reflective practice. This course is suitable for anyone working in a role that offers specialist support for pupils’ learning. Full details of the course can be found below.

Would you prefer to pay for your course by instalments? Please see the ‘How to enrol’ section below for details of our low cost, interest free finance available.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, but you will need to have a good command of basic English, be at least 16 years of age, and be working or volunteering in an appropriate primary, secondary or specialist school setting. This is an online course so you will also need easy access to the internet.

Hours of Study

You should allow for between 232 and 286 hours’ study time, plus additional time spent in your setting and time for completing assignments. You will have tutor support for a period of up to 12 months from the date of enrolment.

Exams and Assessment

You will create an online portfolio of evidence using different formats such as learning plans, written tasks, discussion and direct observation in the workplace.

Additional Information

To achieve this qualification you’ll need to gain 44 credits, of which 40 credits must be achieved at level 3 or above. 32 credits will be gained from completing the mandatory units, and a further minimum of 12 credits will be gained from completing a selection of optional units.

You’ll work through this course using our online learning system that makes completing your course – submitting your work, doing activities and getting feedback – straightforward and enjoyable. The system is easy to use and all the work you complete is recorded in your learner profile, forming an online portfolio.

This course requires you to have a regular work placement in an appropriate primary or secondary school setting. Your setting must be able to arrange one or more sessions of practical assessments.

Mandatory Units

  • Understand child and young person development
  • Understand how to safeguard the wellbeing of children and young people
  • Communication and professional relationships with children and young people
  • Schools as organisations
  • Support learning activities
  • Promote children and young people’s positive behaviour
  • Develop professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Promote equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people
  • Support assessment for learning
  • Engage in personal development in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings
  • Support children and young people’s health and safety