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Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools Certificate Level 2

You will be attending college for one day per week and working in your placement school for two days per week. Whether in the classroom or on placement, you will be developing the knowledge and skills needed when supporting teaching and learning in schools. You will cover a wide range of areas including children and young people’s development, supporting those with disabilities or special educational needs and communication and professional relationships. You will carry out lots of different activities in class, working in groups and individually, looking at case studies and making links between what you learn at college and what you experience on placement.

The level 3 Specialist Diploma is a qualification that supports people who are working within roles such as – 1-1 support in a specialist area, for example, bilingual, leading intervention, a peer mentor or lead teaching assistant.

Learners must be 19 years and over.

Course Info

Level 2 - Intermediate
Subject Area
Course Type
Adult Part-Time
James Watt College,
Matthew Boulton College,
Sutton Coldfield College
Next Start Date
Course Length
34 weeks

Entry Requirements

You will need to be working at level 2 English or hold a GCSE grade C/4 or above. You will also need to be working, volunteering or on a practical placement for a minimum of 10 hours per week. Complete Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks will be required. The full time 16-18 & HE courses cover DBS as part of the induction.

Delivery and Assessment

There are no tests or exams. Instead you will be assessed in your placement school, and by completing assignments. You will be allocated an assessor who will assess your knowledge by direct observation of your practice and through professional discussion. You will also need to demonstrate reflection on your own practice in real work situations. Written assignments will include your own development plans and written records of your skills and knowledge. We will support you in developing your ICT skills by completing an electronic portfolio of your work and placement evidence.


After completing your Certificate, you may want to progress to the Level 3 Certificate or Diploma course. This course will allow you to work in roles that offer specialist support for pupils’ learning in primary, secondary or special schools.

Career Opportunities

  • Teachers
  • Teaching Assistants
  • Trainers