This course is intended for people wishing to develop their career as a Teaching Assistant, a Learning Support Assistant or Classroom Assistant. It will help you to progress from voluntary or part-time employment as a TA/LSA to a more substantial paid role that could provide you with more responsibilities, such as, planning, supporting and assessing the work of children in school. You can decide to take either the certificate or diploma during the course.

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To develop your knowledge across a range of topics that are central to schools today and develop your skills in supporting children’s learning.

Course content

You study a range of ‘knowledge-based’ units that are crucial for understanding your role as a support worker in a school, such as:

  • Assessment for Learning (the different methods of assessment used in schools)
  • Promoting Positive Behaviour (how to foster appropriate behaviour in children)
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (how to support children equally regardless of ability or background)
  • Communication and Professional Relationships (effective communication with both children and adults)
  • Child and Young Person Development (how children develop intellectually, emotionally and physically)

You will also learn the skills of supporting children in their learning and how to develop your own career.

Some units are mandatory (compulsory) whilst others are optional (you get to choose them in line with your interests).

How will I be assessed?

A portfolio of knowledge-based written assignments and skills-based workplace assessments. No exams, but workplace observations.


Entry requirements: 

  • You will need to have a substantial placement at least one day/week in a school either voluntary (essential) or paid (desirable). NB: if you are not a contracted employee (part or full-time) at your school, you will find completing parts of the diploma very difficult
  • The Level 2 Supporting Teaching and Learning Certificate is desirable
  • You will need GCSE grade C+/4 (or Level 2 equivalent) in both English and maths

Enrichment opportunities:

We will notify you of opportunities that may arise.


Apart from a course fee, you will be expected to pay for stationery.

What can I do next?

  • This course can lead to a more substantial part-time or a full-time position in a school or enable you to study for a degree in education

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Andrew Lucas

Tel: 023 8087 4874

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