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Teaching Assistants Level 2 Certificate

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Key information

Qualification type


Course code



Level 2


1 year


Kings Road,
Reading, RG1 4HJ

Start date

Sep 2021

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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This course 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.

This programme 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.

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

Depending on previous experience, qualifications and current employment, some students may be able to join this programme after the start date. Please complete an application form and we will contact you to discuss your options.

What I'll learn

Your teacher training will cover 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

During the teacher training, there are 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.

On successful completion of this programme, which requires 30 credits, you will gain a CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF). 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 are already employed as a teaching assistant and wish to learn as an apprentice whilst working, please contact our apprenticeships team on 



How I'll 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 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.


My favourite part of working at Activate Learning is the opportunity for Continued Professional Development.  

Soumaya Arfa

Entry Requirements

You will need four GCSEs at grade D (3), 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. Click on APPLY NOW and follow the steps below:

  • Register for our online service and verify your account
  • Log in to our website and click APPLY NOW on your chosen programme’s page to complete 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). 
Please include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.

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.