This qualification will enable learners to develop the knowledge and skills needed when supporting teaching and learning in primary, secondary or special schools. It covers a wide range of areas including children and young people's development, supporting those with disabilities or special educational needs, and communication and professional relationships. 

This qualification is an introduction to the information and knowledge needed to work in a School environment. It can apply to the many varied roles that full and part time support staff may fulfil including: administrative roles, site Support roles, technical roles and volunteers, as well as roles that work directly with children and young people in the school environment.

It is aimed at learners not yet employed in a School, as well as providing initial training and induction for those new in post in primary, secondary or special educational needs schools. 

Each unit is given a varying amount of credits and in total you must achieve a minimum of 5O credits to achieve the level 2 qualification. 24 of the credits must come from the mandatory unit Selection.

Who is this course for?

Anybody who is working in a role that supports pupils learning including teaching assistants learning support assistants and special needs assistants.

Why should you join this course?

You can progress to the Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Level 3 course. The College also offers a Foundation Degree in Education (Teaching Assistants). This is a 2-year programme delivered at the college part-time. On completion of a Foundation Degree, it is possible to then 'top up' to gain a full BA (Hons) degree. Progression opportunities very much depend on what other qualifications you have.

Support in the workplace

A designated key person/s from the school is useful to support you by providing policies, guidance on work practices, opportunities to experience a range of activities, to complete witness testimonies, and to confirm your competency during general duties in the setting.

How will you be assessed?

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.

Entry requirements 

  • It is recommended that you hold or are working towards a Functional Skills qualification at level 2 or a GCSE Grade C or above in Maths and English.
  • You must be in employment (paid or voluntary) in a school for a minimum of 1 full day per week, working with children aged 5 and above.
  • lt is recommended that you have a minimum of 6 weeks experience in a school setting prior to starting the course.


Please contact the Admissions Team by calling 0161 666 8215 or emailing 

If you are a Greater Manchester Resident (or aged 19-23 and non-GM resident) and don’t already hold a qualification equivalent to 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, your course will be FREE.

Start date: September 2021 Duration: 36 Weeks
Cost: £800