Adult Skills and Community Learning

Learners who want a progression course into employment in school or who are already employed and need a qualification at level 3.

Length of course

4 hours a week, plus 1 day a week in a placement, for 18 months

Course content

It covers the age range from birth to 19 years and is made up of mandatory units which are based on a knowledge and skills. Topics covered include child development, health and safety, the national curriculum, safeguarding, personal development and many others relevant to working in a school environment.

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.

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. 

For details of how to pay and any fee reductions or remission that may apply see our paying for a course page to apply.

You'll need to attend an information session with a tutor before committing to this course, to make sure it's the right choice for you. Please contact us to book a place at the next information session. 

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.
    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.