Adult Skills and Community Learning

Learners who want a qualification to work in a school environment with pupils.

Length of course

 1 year of 4 hours a week, plus 1 day a week on placement.

Course content

It covers the age range from birth to 19 years and is made up of mandatory units, based on knowledge and skills.  Topics covered include child development, health and safety, the national curriculum, safeguarding, personal development and  many others relevant to working in a school environment.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification but you'll need to be at least 19 years of age and have a good standard of English.

Work in a real work environment

You'll need to be working, volunteering or on practical placement in a school, as you'll need to show competence in both knowledge and skills.

Course fees


If you're under 24 and don't have a full level 2 qualification or are on certain benefits you may get fee reduction or remission.

For details of how to pay and any fee reductions or remission that may apply see our paying for a course page

How to apply 

You'll need to attend an information session with a tutor before committing to a course, to make sure it's the right choice for you.  Please contact us to book a place at the next information session. 

What you can do next

Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools.


This course is for all those who wish to work in the school workforce.


Progression through Level 3 into HLTA  Foundation Degree.


What our learners say

  • The course gave me the confidence to work in a nursery and be good at my job.
    Early years course adult learner
  • It has given me the confidence to look for other work opportunities that I wouldn't have considered before.
    Early years course adult learner
  • It has helped me to decide what I would like to do in the future!
    Early years course adult learner
  • I have been able to apply for Teaching Assistant jobs and feel confident doing so.
    Teaching assistant course adult learner
  • My teaching assistant course was a great experience. I can't wait to continue at Level 3.