Adult Skills and Community Learning

Teaching assistant courses

These courses are for those thinking about a career working in a school environment with children or a college with adults. There's a clear progression through the levels, from an introductory course through to a Level 3 diploma. You'llĀ  start at the level right for you.

Introduction to working with children

These short courses are a first step for people thinking about a career working with children in an early years setting or school. They are ideal for those who are not yet ready to commit to a full qualification, or who need to decide if a career in the industry might be for them.

Courses leading to a qualification

Qualifications at Levels 2 and 3 are for people who want to be a teaching assistant. They're also for those who are already working in a position that supports learning in schools, colleges or in the community.

Supporting learning isn't just about working in a classroom. The role of a teaching assistant is more varied. There may be many different roles available in an education setting.

Perhaps you'd like to work alongside a teacher in a primary or secondary school. You might wish to support a child or young person who has learning difficulties who attends a mainstream setting. You might have also thought about working in a school in an admin, technical or other support role.

If any of these areas appeal to you then these are the qualifications you need to think about taking. They can support workers in all education settings.

What our learners say

  • I really enjoyed the course and it will help me in the future
    Adult Learner
  • After finding out about the courses available to me it all ran smoothly. I started on the Introduction to working with children which was really good informative course then went onto Level 1 Early Years. I enjoyed it thoroughly and I'm now on the Level 2 Teaching Assistant course. Everyone has helped inform me on the best path to go.
    Adult learner