- Course Information
This course is designed to prepare you to support the teacher and the delivery of curriculum within a school, as well as introduce the skills necessary to help children develop self-esteem, independence and skills for learning.
- Course Code
- Validated By
- Learner Aim Reference
- Attendance Pattern
- Course Level
- Level 2
- Study Mode
- Part Time
- Age Group
- Adults (19+)
It is relevant for those who are already employed as a Teaching Assistant, or for those working in a voluntary capacity in a classroom situation or early years setting with children aged three or above. It is also open to those who have little previous relevant experience, but are committed to train as a Teaching Assistant.
Coupled with excellent tutor guidance and support, through work placements, you will gain experience and explore the role of the Teaching Assistant, developing the skills of a reflective practitioner.
The course is delivered by a mixture of College based classes and workshops, supported by practical experience in the work setting. You will be required to undertake a minimum of 80 hours work placement, which you need to arrange yourself.
Attendance at placement should be throughout the duration of the course. In addition to College based study, it is expected that you will undertake independent research and directed study.
You will study the following mandatory units:
- Understand schools and colleges as organisations
- Understand children and young people’s development
- Safeguarding children and young people
- Equality, diversity and inclusion in a learning environment for children and young people
- Maintain relationships with children and young people
- Support the health and safety of children and young people
- Support positive behaviour in a learning environment for children and young people
- Contribute to teamwork in a learning environment
- Understand children and young people’s play and leisure
- Promote an effective learning environment
- Provide displays in a learning environment
In addition to the above mandatory units you will have the opportunity to study a range of optional units including SEN, extra-curricular activities etc.
Enhanced DBS – During your course you will attend a placement, in a workplace related to your course. Due to this, you are required to complete a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check which is a criminal records background check to assess whether you are suitable to work with vulnerable people, such as children and vulnerable adults. The college will guide you through the online application process, however you will have to produce identification as part of this. Information about what a DBS check is and the ID required to process your application can be found here.
We strongly advise you to obtain the ID required as soon as possible, so your application isn’t delayed.
- Equipment Required
During the course you may need to supply a variety of materials (eg card, boxes etc) in order to make relevant teaching and learning resources. You will also need to bring the following items to your first class:
- A4 notepad
- folder or ring binder
- ruler etc.
- Entry Requirements
You should have GCSE Grade A*-C/Grade 9-4 in either Mathematics or English, or an equivalent qualification (e.g. Level 2 Key Skills/Functional Skills).If you only have one of these qualifications, you must be willing to undertake the other alongside this course.
We offer Free GCSE and pre-GCSE Functional Skills courses in English and Maths and can create an individual learning programme tailored to your needs.
You are also required to undertake a minimum of 80 hours work placement in a setting. You should arrange this placement yourself prior to the start of the course.
You will also need to attend an interview to access your eligibility for this course.
- How will I be assessed?
The course is assessed by a portfolio of evidence containing case studies, reflective accounts of practice, assessor observation, details of activities undertaken with children or young people etc.
- Progression Pathway
On successful completion of this course you will be awarded the Supporting Teaching & Learning NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate. You may then wish to progress to the Diploma in Supporting Teaching & Learning NCFE CACHE Level 3 , or to relevant employment in schools, early years’ settings or SEN schools.
- DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service)
You must be prepared to comply with the vetting procedures for those working with children and young people as required by current legislation (ie undertake an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check). A charge of £50* for processing DBS applications will be made; this fee must be paid in addition to all other course related fees. If you are eligible for fee remission, there will be no DBS charge. If you are an Apprentice, this will be organised by your employer. *Price correct at May 2021.
- Health, Safety & Well-Being
Runshaw College is committed to ensuring you have a happy, successful and productive time with us – ensuring your health, safety and well-being is at the heart of everything we do.
We proactively encourage the disclosure of any disabilities or issues which may impact on your learning experience – this can be at interview, enrolment, or at any other stage during your studies. Any information you disclose will be held in strict confidence and will be used to assess your in-class support needs and inform a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) to ensure your safe evacuation from the College in the event of an emergency. If you would like further information, please contact Course Enquiries on 01772 642040.
Runshaw College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment.
- National Careers Service
For guidance about what careers subjects can lead on to please follow this link to the National Careers Service.
- Delivery Method - Classroom
This course is currently fully delivered in the classroom with social distancing measures in place. This is under regular review and any changes will be updated here.