What do I learn?
You learn all aspects of specialist support, including:
• planning, delivering, and reviewing assessment strategies to support learning alongside the teacher
• bilingual and special needs support
• personal development
• reﬂective practice
There are mandatory and optional units in this qualification.
• child and young person development
• safeguarding the welfare of children and young people
• communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
• equality, diversity and inclusion in work with children and young people
• help improve own and team practice in schools
• maintain and support relationships with children and young people
• support children and young people’s health and safety
• support children and young people’s positive behaviour
• support learning activities
• schools as organisations
• provide displays in schools or
• support children with disabilities, special educational needs
You are assessed by your tutor or assessor using a range of methods. This could include direct observation in the workplace, a portfolio of evidence, written assignments or a task set by CACHE (Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education).
There are opportunities to do a work placement under the direction of a mentor/teacher/senior teaching assistant 2 days a week. You can find out more about this when you apply.
What do I gain?
On successful completion, which requires 30 credits, you gain:
CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF)
What do I need?
4 GCSEs at grade D which must include maths and English, or functional skills Level 2 maths and English.
Mature students without these grades will be assessed at the discretion of the tutor.
Please note that you must be at least 19 at the start of the course.
What do I gain?
After this course you could continue your training and progress to the CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning (QCF) - ask at the college for details.
If you want to go directly into employment then suitable roles include:
• teaching assistant
• learning support assistant
• special educational needs assistant
What else do I need to know?
Practical qualification of the course requires you to do a work placement under the direction of a mentor/teacher/senior teaching assistant 2 days a week. You can find out more about this when you apply.