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Supporting Work in Schools and Colleges

Qualification: NCFE Award
Level 2

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About this course

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This short course is an introduction to the knowledge needed to work in a school or college environment and will cover units on safeguarding, children and young people development, and communication. What you will learn can apply to the many varied roles that full and part-time support staff may fulfil including administrative roles, site support roles and volunteers, as well as roles that work directly with children and young people such as teaching assistants.

If you're thinking about a career in education and would like to develop your understanding then this Supporting Work in Schools and Colleges Level 2 Award would be an ideal starting point.

You will start the course with some accredited employability skills units; these will then be used to assess your ability level, there will also be an alternative level 1 course in child development should this not be suitable. This will be discussed and agreed together between yourself and the teacher at the first session, with a view that you join this class after completing the level 1 if you wish.

* Great news... if you're aged 19 or over and are unemployed and in receipt of benefits or earn less than £18,525 per year, then you may not have to pay for this course. Please contact us for details on 023 8048 4848 or email

  • Understand communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Understand children and young people's health and safety
  • Understand child and young people’s development
  • Safeguarding children and young people
  • Understand schools and colleges as organisations
  • Understand equality, diversity and inclusion in working with children and young people
  • Employability skills

Tutor-led sessions and discussions in a classroom environment including individual, paired and group research tasks. You will also need to do home study approximately 4 hours each week.

Access to our on-site learning resource centre as well as PCs and laptops to assist you with your research.

You will be assessed through written assignments and set tasks.

You will need a basic understanding of English and be confident in reading and writing.  Your ability will be assessed at the first sessions and alternative provisions will be available if needed. 

  • Paid employment within the sector
  • Progression onto Level 2 Supporting Teaching and Learning