Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools
About this course

Teachers are not the only ones who make a difference to learning in schools. Learning support staff, such as teaching assistants, play a vital role in today’s classrooms by making sure students get the most out of their lessons. This apprenticeship for Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools has been designed for learning support staff whose responsibilities at work are closely supervised.

Job roles in this area include: teaching assistant; classroom assistant; learning support assistant; additional
needs assistant; pastoral/welfare support assistant; bilingual support assistant; foundation
stage assistant.

What will I learn?

Learners will study the following modules:

  • Safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
  • Support children and young people’s health and safety
  • Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Promote children and young people’s positive behaviour
  • Understand child and young person development
Entry requirements

Before a learner begins this qualification, an Initial Assessment is undertaken. This provides the evidence to determine the starting point of learning and assessment. This will include checking if the candidate has the language, literacy, and numeracy skills necessary to achieve the qualification, and this identifies what candidates needs to learn.

These qualifications are not approved for use by candidates under the age of 16, and City and Guilds cannot accept any registrations for candidates in this age group.

All learners must be employed for 30+ hours a week in order to do this qualification.

As part of the apprenticeship you will be required to complete the following:

  • Functional Skills in Maths and ICT at Level 1, and English at Level 2.
  • ERR (Employee Rights and Responsibilities)
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)
Study, assessment and qualifications

For units where competence is being assessed, methods will include:

  • Observation of performance in the work environment by an assessor or witness (including expert witness)
  • Examining products of the learner’s own work
  • Questioning the learner
  • Discussions with the learner
  • Use of others (witness testimony)
  •  Looking at learner statements

For units where knowledge only is being assessed, methods will include:

  • Oral and written questions
  • Assignments
  • Projects
  • Case studies

20% off the job training is now required for all apprenticeships. This can be a joint responsibility of employer and college assessors.

Additional costs and information

Qualification takes 12 months to complete.

What could I do next?

Progression onto an Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3)

Apprenticeships and Adult Education Funded Courses
The College’s Adult funded courses and apprenticeships prior to 1st May 2017 and apprenticeships with non-levy paying employers post 1st May 2017, are funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and part financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund (ESF). ESF supports activities to extend employment opportunities and develop a skilled workforce.