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

Four hours a week plus one 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.

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.
    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.

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