Support teaching and learning

Working in the education sector is a rewarding career which allows you to have a direct, positive impact on the educational and personal development of children. Our Support Teaching and Learning qualifications are ideally suited for those who wish to enter, or continue to develop within this sector in a supportive role within a school environment.

Qualifications available

Level 2 (Intermediate) Support Teaching and Learning

Level 3 (Advanced) Support Teaching and Learning 


Level 2 (Intermediate) Support Teaching and Learning

Who is this qualification designed for?

Level 2 is an ideal programme of study for those in the first chapter of their career, who work in a school in a role such as:

  • Teaching assistant
  • Classroom assistant
  • Learning support assistant

Activities covered

The exact activities and responsibilities covered will vary depending on your employer, but may include:

  • Supporting the personal, educational and behavioural development of pupils.
  • Developing nurturing and positive relationships with children and young people.
  • Ensuring that the equality, diversity and inclusion policies of the school are positively upheld.
  • Maintaining safeguarding and welfare practices within the school.

Included units

As part of this qualification you will be required to undertake both mandatory and optional units. The below lists are not exhaustive and may vary depending on your employer and/or the examination board. However, those required or available might include (but are not limited to) the following:

Example mandatory units:

Equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people
Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
Child and young person development
Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
Support children and young people’s positive behaviour

Example optional units:

Schools as organisations
Contribute to supporting bilingual learners
Support children and young people with disabilities and special educational needs
Prepare and maintain learning environments
Support extra-curricular activities

Learning hours

The approximate duration is 15 months, with an average of 5.5 hours per week off-the-job learning, and 8.5 hours per week on-the-job guided learning.

Apprenticeship delivery

For those undertaking an apprenticeship route, the additional components will be delivered alongside the core qualification.

  • Level 1 Functional Skills in English, Maths and ICT
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

Level 3 (Advanced) Support Teaching and Learning

Who is this qualification designed for?

Level 3 is an ideal programme of study for those in with a few years’ experience working in a role such as:

  • Teaching assistant
  • Classroom assistant
  • Learning support assistant

Activities covered

The exact activities and responsibilities covered will vary depending on your employer, but may include:

  • Playing a significant role in the personal, educational and behavioural development of pupils.
  • Developing nurturing and positive relationships with children and young people.
  • Ensuring that the equality, diversity and inclusion policies of the school are positively upheld.
  • Working with senior staff and the heartache to implement safeguarding and welfare strategies.

Included units

As part of this qualification you will be required to undertake both mandatory and optional units. The below lists are not exhaustive and may vary depending on your employer and/or the examination board. However, those required or available might include (but are not limited to) the following:

Example mandatory units:

Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
Understand Child and Young Person Development
Understand How to Safeguard the Wellbeing of Children and Young People
Schools as organisations

Example optional units:

Schools as organisations
Contribute to supporting bilingual learners
Support children and young people with disabilities and special educational needs
Prepare and maintain learning environments
Support extra-curricular activities

Learning hours

The approximate duration is 21 months, with an average of 6 hours per week off-the-job learning, and 4 hours per week on-the-job guided learning.

Apprenticeship delivery

For those undertaking an apprenticeship route, the additional components will be delivered alongside the core qualification.

  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English, Maths and ICT
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills