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Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools – Level 2 Certificate (Entry Criteria)

This qualification is aimed at employed learning support staff in primary (reception included) and secondary schools. It will enable the learner to build knowledge, understanding and skills appropriate to a range offering support roles in schools. This is a part-time course for new learning support staff working in schools. Candidates are required to work a minimum of 12 hours as a member of learning support staff.

Entry Requirements

It is advisable to be employed as a learning support assistant within a school environment.
There are no formal entry qualifications for this course however you will need an appropriate level of English (GCSE grade C – O Level equivalent).

Course Content

This programme is unit based. There are 11 units –

Mandatory Units:
Communication and professional relationships with children and young people and adults.
Support learning activities
Support children and young people’s positive behaviour
Equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people.
Maintain and support relationships with children and young people
Help and improve own and team practice in schools
Support children and young people health and safety
Children and young people development
Safeguard the well being of children and young people

Optional Units:
Candidates need to choose two units from a variety of subjects
To achieve the whole qualification, the learner must successfully complete all eleven units

How will I be taught?

You will be taught in the college environment outside of the work place, using a variety of teaching methods.

How will I be assessed?

You will be required to complete the following assessments:
One assignment for each unit, you will also need to show competence within the work place relating to stated criteria. All units are internally assessed; the minimum grade to achieve the Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools is a pass.
A variety of teaching and assessment methods will help you complete the units. You will be encouraged to share good practice with other support staff in group discussions.

Will I need any extra equipment?

You will need writing materials and a file for your portfolio of evidence.

What qualifications will I get?


What will it allow me to do in the future?

It can be a progression route towards level 3 Certificate Support Teaching and Learning in Schools.

Course Information

This course information is accurate at the time of printing but is subject to change.

If you would like further advice or guidance please contact Admissions on 02392 797910 or admissions@southdowns.ac.uk


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