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Level 2 Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Certificate

Part Time

Course Overview

This CACHE qualification provides evidence of competence of being a support teacher. It is suitable for those currently working in a school whose work roles are teaching assistants, learning support assistants and special needs assistants engaged in face-to-face work with children and adults. Learners will be allocated a business trainer/assessor and supplied with all the necessary reading and assessment material and personal tutorial support at pre-arranged times. Learners will be assessed in the workplace via various assessment methods, including observation, witness testimonies, reflective accounts and professional discussions.

You will need to attend lessons every other week for the duration of your course, each lesson lasts three hours and covers critical aspects of mandatory and optional units.

Topics covered include:

  • Child and young person development
  • Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
  • Communication and professional relationships with children and adults
  • Equality/diversity and Inclusion
  • Improving team practice
  • Maintaining and supporting relationships
  • Health and Safety
  • Supporting positive behaviour
  • Supporting learning activities
  • Prepare and maintain learning environments.

Course Content

To achieve the Level 2 Certificate Support Teaching and Learning in Schools qualification you must complete nine mandatory units and a selection of optional units from groups A and B to ensure the learner has achieved the 30 credits required.

The mandatory units are:

  • Children and young people's 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 people's health and safety
  • Support children and young people's positive behaviour
  • Support learning activities.

Optional units allow the learner to tailor the qualification to their role, these include:

  • Schools as organisations
  • Contribute to supporting bilingual learners
  • Invigilate tests and examinations
  • Prepare and maintain learning environments
  • Support children and young people's play and leisure
  • Support children and young people at meal or snack times
  • Support assessment for learning
  • Support children and young people with disabilities and special educational needs.

Entry Requirement

A telephone interview is required.

Learners must be aged 16 years or older. Learners should be working a minimum of 15 hours each week in a school. This qualification is part of the new QCF supporting teaching and learning qualification suite.

It will confer occupational competence for supporting teaching and learning and assess the development of knowledge and skills relating to teaching and learning.


Assessment is by the production of a personal portfolio of evidence demonstrating understanding and competence in practice of the learning outcomes of the Level 2 Certificate. Learners must complete a selection of assignment tasks as part of their evidence.

The learner will be assessed in their workplace by a qualified business trainer/assessor.

Where does this course lead to

This qualification can lead to a higher qualification for example the level 3 diploma in support teaching and learning in school

How to Enrol

To find out more information or to enrol please email distance.learning@bcot.ac.uk quoting the course reference.

Thank you for your interest in this course, enrolment has not yet opened for 2023, join our waiting list to receive details about our next course.

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If the course you are interested in is full, please email information@bcot.ac.uk and a member of our team will get back to you with the next available start date and place you on the course waiting list

Course Outline

Course Code: MXEL186
Study Mode: Part Time
Duration: 1 Year
Start Date: Anytime
Day & Time: Flexible
Tuition Fees: TBC (previously £1791.00)
Registration Fees: £99.00
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