Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools

Qualification: CACHE Certificate
Level 2

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About the course

This course is for volunteers and newly employed classroom assistants who have been working in an education setting for less than two years, supporting pupils aged 4-16 years who are in year 1 or above (NOT reception year), or supporting students in a Further Education setting working at or up to Key Stage 4 and/or with special educational needs.

It is a practical, part-time course which includes optional units and allows the qualification to be tailored to the age and needs of the pupils being supported as well as the setting. Your tutor and assessor will guide you through the process.

* If you're unemployed or on a low wage and in receipt of benefits, then you might be eligible for full funding on this course. Please contact us for details on 023 8048 4848.

What you will learn

This course comprises 12 units, 10 mandatory and 2 optional taken from a comprehensive selection, which are relevant and competence based. You will learn about good practice in your role and how to produce a portfolio of evidence to meet the national standards. 

Mandatory units:

  • Child and young person (CYP) development
  • Safeguarding the welfare
  • Communication and relationships
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Improve own and team practice
  • Maintain and support relationships
  • Support CYP health and safety
  • Support CYP positive behaviour
  • Support learning activities 

Optional units include:

  • Preparing the environments
  • Schools as organisations

Direct observation of performance takes place within your workplace. This is an ongoing process that requires your co-operation to ensure that your assessor is able to access your workplace to do this. There are also written questions and professional discussions.

Entry requirements

You are required to be in a work placement for at least ten hours a week. These can be voluntary hours or paid employment. The support of a mentor within the workplace is also required. You need to have a minimum of Level 1 Literacy and be working towards Level 2 or an equivalent qualification.

You will be required to attend an interview at the College prior to enrolling onto the course.

Dates, times & fees
Start Date Course Times Duration Campus Fees
13/12/17 09.30 - 12.30 (Wednesday) 1 year Main £825*
What next?
  • Level 3 Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Paid employment within the sector
Additional information

These courses are run part-time day or evening. Your class teacher will need to agree to the signing of some work and provide witness testimonies where relevant. It is therefore suggested that you take the necessary steps with your work setting to ensure you will have this support and if possible bring confirmation of this to your interview.