Support Work in Schools Level 2 Certificate

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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 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 4 GCSEs at grade D (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 at the start of the course.


How to Apply

You can apply for this programme online. Simply follow the link to ‘apply now’ on your chosen programme page.

You will then be asked to register or log in to progress with your application.

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example, because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs.)

Printed application forms are also available.

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.