Adult Skills and Community Learning

Course content

The supporting teaching and learning course has been designed with the intention of providing an 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 and communication and professional relationships. It's for if you want to work in roles that support pupils’ learning in primary, secondary, or special schools, as well as colleges. The course is also suitable if you want to gain employment in this field and or change career roles. You'll need to be working or on a practical placement for the duration of the course in a learning environment in a school or college, as you need to show competence in both skills and knowledge. You'll be observed at least three times in placement to evidence competency and that learning is being embedded into your practice. Successful completion of the course will lead you to gaining the NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning.

This course will enable you to:

  • Work effectively alongside the class teacher to support teaching and learning
  • Develop your own personal and professional reflective practice
  • Build a portfolio of evidence and tutor assessment of your skills, knowledge, and competencies.
  • Apply for employment in schools and colleges
  • Achieve a nationally recognised level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning
  • Provide you with the skills, knowledge and competencies needed to progress onto higher levels of study for example the level 3 diploma

You'll also develop the following skills for work:

  • Working as part of a team, sharing ideas, working together, problem solving in tasks.
  • Effective and technical communication and language skills
  • Build onto confidences needed to work at this level
  • Planning and self-management
  • Promote resilience and motivation to achieve your goals and aspirations.
  • Literacy, numeracy and digital skills will be supported throughout the course.

Course delivery 

Classroom based delivery with blended learning opportunities 

The duration of the course is 36 weeks in total, comprising of 3.5 hours classroom delivery per week over 28 weeks, three placement observations and individual tutorial and one to one support totalling no more than 7.5 hours.

Expectations and support:

  • You'll be required to source your own placement in a school or college of your choice.
  • You'll attend your placement one full day or, two half days, term time negotiable between you and your placement.
  • You'll create a portfolio of evidence throughout the duration of your course to evidence your knowledge
  • Your portfolio of evidence will include a minimum of three observations carried out by your class tutor in the workplace.
  • You'll be expected to complete reflective accounts of your learning and the impact this has had on you personally and professionally.
  • You can expect five tutorials over the duration of your course with your tutor to discuss your progress and future learning
  • In class support will be achieved through activities, discussions, and tutor feedback
  • You'll also receive class materials via Teams for Education and a textbook to support your learning
  • Assignment briefs will be used to give further guidance via Teams for Education
    General group discussions will take place via Teams for Education

What do you need?

  • A mobile phone, tablet, laptop, or computer (with a webcam and sound) with internet to access any agreed online/tutorial sessions (desirable), alternative arrangements will be made available if you do not have access to this equipment.
  • Access to a laptop, desktop or like to complete your work (desirable). During your time on the course you'll be given access to Office 365 to support completion on your assignment work.
  • Notebook and pen for classes
  • A placement in school or college
  • Time and commitment to complete tasks set outside of class and attend placements
  • Your attendance both in class and in placement must be a minimum of 85% overall. Ideally 100%
  • A DBS check. We will carry out this for you before starting your placement, unless you are already employed in school, and they have carried out an appropriate check
  • If you're already employed in school, you can use your workplace as your placement.

Entry requirements

You'll have already completed the following with Adult Skills and Community Learning:

  • Information advice and guidance and initial assessment on the BKSB software
  • A level 1 or equivalent in English and maths and be willing to work towards level 2
  • A placement secured in school or college. If you're already employed in school or college in this role, this will be classed as your placement.
  • Confidence in using emails and Microsoft packages, eg Word, Powerpoint, One Drive (desirable) – a short course is available to upskill you in these areas.

The level that you study at will be determined by your initial assessment results.

Course fees

The cost of the course is £761.20 which includes your tuition, textbook and Awarding Organisation fees. This can be paid monthly via direct debit over the duration of your course, however you may be entitled to fee remission/fee reduction depending on your individual circumstances.  Contact us for more information.

How to apply


Progression routes include:

  • Level 3 diploma in supporting teaching and learning
  • Employment in this field

What our learners say

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