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Level 2 Certificate Teaching Assistant

Subject Area

Education & Training

Student Type


Study Mode

Part Time

Course Type

Adult Further Education

What is the course about?

The Level 2 Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Certificate is suitable for you if you are recently employed as a teaching assistant or learning support assistant, or if you wish to gain employment in a school. The course will require you to show competence in both knowledge and skills.

This is a work-based qualification and placement in a school at key stage 1 or above is essential. The location of the placement will need to be within a reasonable distance from Warrington & Vale Royal college campuses .

You will also be required to provide evidence of an Enhanced DBS (formerly CRB).

The course is delivered online through Google Classroom and an e-portfolio, therefore a PC with internet access is required. The course has various start dates throughout the year.

Why should I choose the course?

If you wish to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to fulfil your role as a teaching assistant or learning support assistant, this course is perfect for you. If you are seeking employment in this sector, completing this course will boost your employability and help you stand out to potential employers.

What will I learn?

You will cover the following subjects on the course:

  • 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
  • Schools as organisations
  • Support learning activities
  • Help improve own and team practice in schools
  • Maintain and support relationships with children and young people
  • Support children and young people’s positive behaviour
  • Support children and young people’s health and safety.

All units will be internally assessed. Methods on all qualifications will include written assignments and tasks set by assessors and will also include direct observation of performance and examination of work products. Methods may also include reflection on own practice in real work situations, students’ own plans and written records of assessment, taped professional discussion, PowerPoint presentations, and mentor testimony.

In addition, you will also complete the Introduction to becoming a teaching assistant course. This is free of charge and will enhance and support achieving your qualification.

What will the course lead on to?

The credits and learning you will achieve on this course, along with suitable employment, enable direct progression on to the Level 3 Teaching and Learning in Schools.

Are there any links with industry and university?

You will develop practical, industry relevant skills throughout your work placement, whilst the underpinning knowledge you need will be gained from taught sessions within the college.

To complete this course, you must be working in a face-face role with children for at least one full day or two half days and have an enhanced DBS certificate (formerly CRB). Employment will need to be at key stage 1 or above. For those working in a school reception class or nursery class, you should undertake the certificate for the children and young people’s workforce.

What support is available?

We have a team of staff dedicated to providing learning support if required, as well as a Welfare Team that is on hand to offer guidance, support and help when needed. Additionally, eligible students can access a wide range of finance and funding support to help them during their time at college.

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Why should I choose to study the course at Warrington & Vale Royal College?

Here at Warrington & Vale Royal College we have a team of dedicated, experienced staff who can share their extensive knowledge and skills with you. Learning in a friendly and inclusive environment, you will be fully supported to achieve your goals.

What are the entry requirements?

As this is a work-based qualification, a suitable work placement is necessary for you to access the course. You will need to be working or volunteering in key stage 1 or above.

What are my funding options?

For further information about funding, please contact our Learner Services Team on 01925 494400 or

Are there any additional costs associated with the course?

p>There are no additional fees associated with this course.

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30 Weeks
Class Times
18:00 - 20:30
Warrington Campus
Adult Fee
16-18 Fee
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