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Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning (Adult Course)

This course is suitable for students aged 19 and over.

This course is designed for those who wish to progress into a role which supports teachers and pupils with their learning in 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, a classroom based learning route and a workplace learning route.

Classroom Based Learning Route

This route has start dates (day option and evening option) in September and is classroom based, delivered one day per week in College. 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.

The day route is on a Monday or Thursday, from 9.30am - 3.00pm and the evening route is on a Thursday, from 5.00pm - 9.00pm.

Workplace Learning Route

This route has flexible start dates throughout the year and is mainly assessed in the workplace. You will need to be in paid employment or have a volunteer placement within a school or college supporting children and young people aged 5 to 19 years of age.

The duration of the course is usually one year, however, on this work-based learning route, you may complete earlier. At the beginning of the course you will be assigned an assessor who will work with you throughout the programme.

More information can be provided upon application.

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

How is it assessed?

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

During the course you will build an online portfolio of evidence and will need access to a laptop or PC.

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?

The total cost of this course is £633. You may be eligible for funding depending on your personal circumstances and subject to a fee assessment during the enrolment process. For further details, please visit our financial support pages.

There are also a number of payment options including an interest-free payment plan with a monthly direct debit payment.

If your employer is willing to fund your course, we can help you to arrange this.

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.

Are you ready to apply?

Are you

ready to apply?

Simply fill in our online form here.

However, if you still have questions in relation to this course and wish to receive further information, please submit your enquiry here.


Please note, we have taken our utmost care to describe and show course information as accurately as possible. St Helens College reserves the right to amend, remove and add courses in the future. This information cannot be considered contractual and advertised course fees are subject to change.

Ref: Julie Houlton/Tammy Halliday

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