Adult Skills and Community Learning

This qualification is for learners working in specialist support roles in schools and colleges. If you have extensive knowledge you also have access to an assessed only route where reduced class attendance is required.

It provides you with an in-depth understanding of the knowledge and skills needed when working directly with children and young people in school and college environments.

It covers all aspects of specialist support including planning, delivering and reviewing assessment strategies to support learning alongside the teacher; bilingual support; special needs support; and personal development and reflective practice.

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. You'll also need to have at least 6 months experience of working regularly in a school environment.

Course details

Four hours a week plus one day a week in a placement, for 18 months

Work placement

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

Course fees

Price on application.

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

If you're over 19, you can also access the advanced learner loan facility.

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

Progression onto HLTA, foundation degree, or full degree plus QTS.

Employment in a school in a more senior role.


What our learners say

  • The course gave me the confidence to work in a nursery and be good at my job.
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  • My teaching assistant course was a great experience. I can't wait to continue at Level 3.

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