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Support Work in Schools Level 2 Certificate

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Broughton Road,
Banbury, OX16 9QA

New and returning learners:

Please note that due to special measures we have put in place to make our sites COVID safe, we are asking all learners to enrol with us online. If you are unable to do so we can support you over the phone, simply call 0800 612 6008. Please do not enter our college sites without a prior appointment as we are managing the number of people on site at any time to comply with social distancing measures.

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The course provides an in-depth understanding of the knowledge and skills required when working directly with children or young people in primary, secondary or special schools.

The CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF) is for anyone who wants to become a teaching assistant in primary, secondary or special needs school, or is working in a role that supports pupils’ learning.

Please note that you must be at least 19 or over at the start of the course.

What I'll learn

You will 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.

Mandatory units:

  • 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    

Optional units:

  • Schools as organisations    
  • Provide displays in schools or    
  • Support children with disabilities, special educational needs    


How I'll learn

You will have opportunities to do a work placement under the direction of a mentor/ teacher/ senior teaching assistant two days a week.

You can find out more about this when you apply.


How I'll be assessed

You will be 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).


Entry Requirements

You will need four GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above (or equivalent), 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 or over at the start of the course.


How to Apply

You can register for this course online. Click on ENROL NOW and follow the steps below:

  • Register your contact details online and verify your account
  • Go to your desired course page and click again on ENROL NOW. Follow the link to pay for your course

Course places are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. We would encourage you to enrol on your chosen course as soon as possible. If you prefer to enrol in person please visit us at one of our college Advice Centres or enrol over the phone via 0800 612 6008.

This course will be run subject to demand. If you wish to enrol within one week of the start date, please call us on 0800 612 6008 first to check the course is running.