Level 2 NCFE Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (Learning for Life)

This course is suitable for students aged 19 and over.

This part-time course is suitable to those who aged 16 or over, who wish to work in a role where they will support teachers and pupils in their learning within a school environment.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

There are two pathways in which you can study this course, workplace learning route and a classroom based learning route, which have start dates in September and January.

Classroom Based Learning Route

This route starts in September and is classroom based, delivered one day per week in College from 9.30am - 3.00pm. You will also spend one day per week on a voluntary work placement within an education setting of your choice. You will need to seek and secure this independently although we can help you with this.

Workplace Learning Route

This route is mainly assessed in the workplace. You may also be in paid employment or be a volunteer. There are various start dates for this route throughout the year.

The duration of the workplace classroom based learning route and workplace learning route is usually one academic year; however, on the workplace learning route you may complete earlier. More information can be provided upon application.

This course takes place at St Helens College, Town Centre Campus, St Helens, WA10 1PP.

What will I study?

You will develop the theoretical understanding gained from a range of units, including:

  • 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 peoples' health and safety
  • Support children and young people's positive behaviour
  • Plus, two optional units

You will study alongside like-minded people in classes delivered by friendly supportive tutors.

How is it assessed?

In terms of assessment, you will be fully supported by your tutor during delivery sessions. You will link the theory that has been taught on the course to your practical work in the form of case studies, activities, reflective logs, diaries and practice files.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

No formal qualifications are necessary, although you may find having a relevant level 1 qualification beneficial.

What are the course fees?

Course fees are dependent on your personal circumstances and you may be eligible for funding. For further details, please visit our financial support pages.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Upon successful completion of this course you may choose to seek out employment as a teaching assistant, learning support assistant or special needs assistant. Alternatively, you may wish to progress onto our Level 3 Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools qualification.

I'm interested in this course, what do I do next?

If you would like any further information in relation to this course, please contact our enquiries team directly on 0800 99 66 99 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop into our next Enrolment and Information Event. Alternatively, submit an application form to secure a place.

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