Adult Skills and Community Learning

This course is for learners who want a qualification to work in a school environment with pupils.

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.

Length of course

3.5 hours a week, plus one day a week on a placement, for one year

Course content

The course is designed to provide learners with an advanced understanding of the knowledge and skills needed when working directly with children and young people in school or college environments. It covers a wide range of areas including:

  • children and young people's development
  • supporting children and young people's positive behaviour
  • communication and professional relationships

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

The cost of the course is £715.

If you're under 24 and don't have a full level 2 qualification, or you receive 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 

Contact us online for more information or to book your place.

What you can do next


This course is for all those who wish to work in a school or college.


Progression through Level 3 into HLTA or Foundation Degree.

Level 3 diploma in supporting teaching and learning

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.

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