Adult Skills and Community Learning

Course content

This course intends to provide an in-depth understanding of the knowledge and skills needed when you are working directly with children or young people in primary, secondary, special schools and colleges. The age range you will be studying is from four years to 19 years. There are elements of early years included when exploring child development and theoretical perspectives. It will cover all aspects of specialist support including planning, delivering, and reviewing assessment strategies to support learning alongside the teacher, bilingual support, special educational needs and disability, reflective practice, and personal and professional development. You'll also be assessed in the workplace to demonstrate competency skills working at this level.

This course will enable you to:

  • Work effectively alongside the class teacher to support all aspects of 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
  • Progress from Level 2 Supporting Teaching and Learning
  • Achieve a nationally recognised Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning
  • Provide you with the skills, knowledge and competencies needed to progress onto higher levels of study for example Higher Level Teaching Assistant Level 4 and Teacher Training.

You'll also develop the following skills for work:

  • Working as part of a team, sharing ideas, working together, problem solving in tasks and leadership within this role.
  • 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 54 weeks in total, comprising of four hours classroom delivery per week over 46 weeks, minimum of three placement observations and individual tutorial and one to one support totalling no more than 24 hours over the course of the programme.

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 over 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
  • 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 a minimum of four progress reviews 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. You do not need Microsoft Office before the start of the course as you will be given full access to an Office 365 account at the first session.
  • 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. We'll 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 2 or equivalent in English and maths or willing to work towards achieving it.
  • A valid level 2 certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning (dated within the last two years) or six months experience within a school setting
  • 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

Course fees

The cost of the course is £2,225.00 which can be paid monthly via direct debt over the duration of your course, however you can also apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the costs of this course. Loan eligibility does not depend on your income and there are no credit checks. 

How to apply


Progression routes include

  • Employment in this field
  • Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) level 4
  • Foundation degree
  • Teacher training

What our learners say

  • I enjoyed meeting new people and doing the group work on the course
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